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Matrox Announces New Features for Matrox Axio Platforms Including HDV 720p Support

Matrox VITE : 18 December, 2006  (Company News)
Matrox Video Products Group today announced that release 2.5 software for the Matrox Axio realtime HD and SD editing platforms will provide significant new features including realtime native editing of JVC's ProHD HDV 720p format. Matrox Axio will be demonstrated on the Matrox stand 7.128, the Adobe stand 10.100, and the JVC stand 10.441.
'In this important new software release, we are building on Axio's extensive codec support for a wide variety of cameras by adding realtime native editing of all the 720p frame rates supported by JVC's popular 100 ProHD series camera,' said Ankit Patel, Matrox Axio product manager. 'In addition, we will go a step beyond what Adobe Premiere Pro software offers alone and support the 50 and 59.94 frame rates provided by the new 200 and 250 ProHD series cameras.'

Other new features in release 2.5 include: Native MXF file support for Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM, and Sony XDCAM HD in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Support for Matrox HDV files and Matrox Flex CPU effects in Adobe After Effects
4:2:2:4 (YUVA) MPEG-2 I-frame and uncompressed codecs in HD and SD
DVCPRO HD support at all 720p frame rates
Panasonic VariCam support
Improved HDV editing performance
Realtime mixing of additional formats on the timeline - MXF, AVI, MPEG, HD in an SD timeline
Realtime playback of Adobe native HDV files - MPEG
Improved color correction tools
WYSIWYG video output for Adobe Bridge and Windows Media Player
Matrox EZ-MXF utility for native MXF file support in Video for Windows (AVI) applications
Eight new effects ?crystallize, cube, impressionist, lens flare, move & scale, old movie, ripple, twirl

The Matrox Axio family of products makes Adobe Premiere Pro the foremost realtime HD and SD editor for demanding broadcast and post-production environments. It features no-render HD and SD finishing in compressed and uncompressed formats, superior realtime color correction tools, advanced realtime effects, and a full complement of analog and digital audio and video inputs and outputs. It also lets users work seamlessly with the other Adobe Production Studio applications, fully supporting Adobe Dynamic Link and providing WYSIWYG video output support for Adobe After Effects and Adobe Photoshop, as well as other industry-leading animation and compositing packages. Matrox Axio incorporates Matrox Flex and Power of X technologies to leverage CPU and GPU power to provide the ultimate HD and SD post-production experience.

Key features of Matrox Axio Full-resolution, mixed-format, multi-layer realtime editing of HD and SD video, graphics, and effects
Realtime Matrox Flex CPU effects such as color correction, speed changes, and chroma/luma keying
Realtime and accelerated Matrox Flex GPU effects such as 2D/3D DVE, blur/glow/soft focus, and shine
Native MXF file support for Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM, and Sony XDCAM HD in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects
Extensive native codec support in HD and SD - uncompressed, MPEG-2 4:2:2:4 I-frame, DVCPRO HD, MPEG HD, HDV 1080i, HDV 720p (JVC ProHD), IMX, DV50, DV, DVCPRO, DVCAM
24 fps editing in HD and SD with pull down, reverse pull down, and Panasonic VariCam support
Realtime high-quality downscaling from HD to SD
Accelerated export to DVD, multimedia formats including Flash Video, and Adobe Clip Notes
WYSIWYG for Adobe After Effects, Bridge, and Photoshop, Autodesk Combustion and 3ds Max, eyeon Fusion, NewTek LightWave 3D, and Windows Media Player
Matrox EZ-MXF utility for native MXF file support in Video for Windows (AVI) applications
DV-1394, composite, Y/C, HD/SD analog component, and HD/SD SDI, and professional audio input and output
Includes Adobe Premiere Pro

Availability of release 2.5
Matrox Axio release 2.5 is currently in Beta and scheduled for final release in October 2006. It will support all three platforms in the Axio family - Axio LE, Axio HD, and Axio SD.
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