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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: MXO 2 Monitoring Reply with quote

I was about to purchase a MXO last week, since i need a monitoring solution for my macbook. After reading your press realease, I'm glad i didn't.

I want a solution that i can bring with me to the field, and still could do some color grading there.

The only difference i saw on the MXO (comparing to its new brother) is that it has a DVI output. You still list both of the models. So is Matrox betting on HDMI output to a LCD TV display as a cheap monitoring solution? MXO1 (let's call it this way) has LUTs for ACDs, Dells etc... how can we expect to get the same excelent results from a LCD (TV) display?

Or is Matrox going to target the MXO2 to HD-SDI displays only?

By the way, the specs are great. I love them. Please tell me that i can expect the same great output (color space etc) from my LCD TV.

keep up the great work.

Eduardo Serrano.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also Can we expect any of the audio imputs to be phanton powered?

Thanks,

Eduardo Serrano.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha. I guess i was too fast. I posted this before you could open a new section for MXO2 pre purchase.

Btw it's not open for guests. Could you please move this question to there?

Thanks

Eduardo Serrano.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Eduardo for pointing this out. I'll move your post to the MXO2 and allow gests to post on this new section.

Thanks,
B.C.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Thanks.


Could someone now answer my questions?


Eduardo Serrano.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eduardo, I've forwarded your post (above) to the Matrox MXO2 Product Specialist, for his handling. I appreciate you patience in getting your answers and will relay his response on to you as soon as I hear back from him.

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B.C.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eduardo,


With regards to your questions, Matrox will offer the Blue only and calibration tools with the MXO2, just like what we had on the MXO. Using an HDMI TV makes a lot of sense for monitoring since this device is designed to receive YUV information. With an ACD monitor, the MXO needs LUTs because the ACD is an RGB device. However, the MXO2 will not need LUTs to drive an HDMI monitor. It will provide blue only calibration, and this will ensure proper color adjustment and therefore turns your HDMI TV into a broadcast monitor.

Another thing which is worth mentioning is this PDF file which highlights the differences between the MXO2 and the MXO.

Thanks for your patience and please let us know if you have any aditinal questions.


Regards,
B.C.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Customer_Care_Bassel wrote:
Hi Eduardo,


With regards to your questions, Matrox will offer the Blue only and calibration tools with the MXO2, just like what we had on the MXO. Using an HDMI TV makes a lot of sense for monitoring since this device is designed to receive YUV information. With an ACD monitor, the MXO needs LUTs because the ACD is an RGB device. However, the MXO2 will not need LUTs to drive an HDMI monitor. It will provide blue only calibration, and this will ensure proper color adjustment and therefore turns your HDMI TV into a broadcast monitor.


So it is possible to do colorgrading on a HDMI TV?

Greetings,
Marc
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2008 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be great if you guys made a list of recommended HDMI TVs for the ones that would like to upgrade from the original MXO1, just like the one you maintain on the site. Any chance this could happen?

Also could I use an HDMI>DVI adapter to use the ACD?

Thank you a lot for the info.

Eduardo Serrano.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Eduardo, we will be providing more details on HDMI TV compatibility and support of HDMI to DVI adapters for you soon.

Best regards,
B.C.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After thinking about getting a MXO for quite some time (I am starting freelancer building up my studio so every purchase decision above a couple of hundred euro is a big one). I just got a second Cinema Display and the MXO was next on my list. But now with the MXO2 I'm in doubt, it's not that much more expensive especially as I also was looking for an input card.

But then I wonder will it have the same capabilities like the MXO with monitoring of interlaced materials being able to see what possibly could go wrong (jumping text etc.). And I also wonder if I will be able to use my Cinema Display in the same way as the MXO.

Losing the scan-converter doesn't matter for me, losing the interlace preview options and the use of my Cinema Display would be a disappointment.

Using a normal HDMI tv isn't something I'm looking for as most tv's I have seen are really bad in the image quality department and Full HD tv's are much more expensive than my Cinema Display, with less quality (at least here in the Netherlands).
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

We are glad to see the interest you have taken into the Matrox MXO and MXO2 products. The Matrox MXO2 is definitely a great broadcast-quality input/output affordable Mac mobile solution.

Just like LCD monitors, there will be different quality of HDMI televisions. The MXO2 has an HDMI monitor calibration; it lets you adjust your HDMI monitor exactly like you would a broadcast HD/SD monitor. The Cinema display does not support HDMI connectivity and therefore cannot be directly connected to the MXO2 without using a converter. Matrox will test different HDMI televisions and monitor and will provide a list of compatible devices.


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B.C.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:50 am    Post subject: ACD and CRT Reply with quote

Does anyone know if it will be possible to connect one ACD 30" or 23 inch to a MACBOOK PRO, and the MXO2 via expresscard for monitoring on an CRT at the same time?

This will be very usefull, don't know if the graphic card can sustain it...


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 7:16 am    Post subject: Re: MXO 2 Monitoring Reply with quote

Anonymous wrote:
I was about to purchase a MXO last week, since i need a monitoring solution for my macbook. After reading your press realease, I'm glad i didn't.

I want a solution that i can bring with me to the field, and still could do some color grading there.

The only difference i saw on the MXO (comparing to its new brother) is that it has a DVI output. You still list both of the models. So is Matrox betting on HDMI output to a LCD TV display as a cheap monitoring solution? MXO1 (let's call it this way) has LUTs for ACDs, Dells etc... how can we expect to get the same excelent results from a LCD (TV) display?

Or is Matrox going to target the MXO2 to HD-SDI displays only?

By the way, the specs are great. I love them. Please tell me that i can expect the same great output (color space etc) from my LCD TV.

keep up the great work.

Eduardo Serrano.


What do you mean By LUT's What is that
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Customer_Care_Bassel wrote:
Hello,

We are glad to see the interest you have taken into the Matrox MXO and MXO2 products. The Matrox MXO2 is definitely a great broadcast-quality input/output affordable Mac mobile solution.

Just like LCD monitors, there will be different quality of HDMI televisions. The MXO2 has an HDMI monitor calibration; it lets you adjust your HDMI monitor exactly like you would a broadcast HD/SD monitor. The Cinema display does not support HDMI connectivity and therefore cannot be directly connected to the MXO2 without using a converter. Matrox will test different HDMI televisions and monitor and will provide a list of compatible devices.


Thanks,
B.C.


So if all goes well I should be able to use my Cinema Display with the MXO2 if connected through a converter (would that be just the simple plugs that you can buy, or a special converter box). That would be great news.

Still, I hope you can also give some info on how the MXO2 works with interlaced materials compared to the MXO (because that's what really made the MXO stand out from the crowd for me being able to reliably check interlaced material just like it would on a CRT).

And a new question that came up in my mind is: is the MXO truly free of proprietary codecs. I continuously run into trouble with people using some I/O card with a proprietary codec that I then need to have and I have had some severe glitches with those. So not becoming a spreader of another proprietary codec would be great in my opinion.

Thanks for your reactions and great products.

Bastiaan van Oorde
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