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ClassX Development s.n.c. Exploits the Power of the Matrox DSX Platform in New Broadcast Graphics Products



Montreal, Canada, September 4, 2007 - Matrox® Video Products Group today announced that Italian developer ClassX has chosen the Matrox DSX platform as the hardware engine for a variety of live broadcast graphics solutions. ClassX‘s new CG series 4.6 includes: MoreCG for the creation of titling and digital video effects in real time with text, images, video clips and animations; CastaliaCG for realtime broadcast character-level effects and hierarchical vector/bitmap animation; and CGPlayout for the creation and execution of dynamic playlists.


"We chose the Matrox DSX LE, DSX SD, and X.mio cards for our latest generation of products because the scalability of the Matrox product line let us create a variety of cost-effective and innovative solutions for the broadcast market,” said Michele Puccini, ClassX product manager. “We‘ve put all our experience into developing first class hardware-accelerated graphics engines that take advantage of any graphics board while running parallel with CPUs.”


The Matrox DSX product line will be demonstrated at IBC 2007 on stand 7.228.


About ClassX CG series 4.6

All ClassX products are developed with performance and reliability in mind. They take advantage of OpenGL hardware graphics acceleration supported through SGL, as well as multi-threading, and multi-core technologies.


MoreCG 4.6 is a high performance system featuring an intuitive user interface for the creation of content-rich, state of the art, broadcast-quality dynamic titling. It includes a powerful graphics engine to achieve timeline-based 2D/3D effects on any type of object or media file. Users have the freedom to create texts, shapes, images, and clips and enhance their look with a complete set of dynamic filters such as border, extrusion, shadow, outline, bevel, etc.


CastaliaCG 4.6 creates dynamic tiling with text, images, video clips, and animations. It handles both bitmap and vector graphics, keeping them in their native format. With CastaliaCG, hierarchical animations are easy to create. Single characters or object groups can be moved over a given path. A wide variety of effects presets are offered or the user can create unique effects in seconds with the easy-to-use waveform editor.


CGPlayout 4.6 is the first graphical playout solution capable of dynamically playing and editing contents of the playlist at the same time using a single computer. The playout list can include any number of MoreCG and CastaliaCG projects. The project icons are visible in the main window and can be scrubbed using the mouse to get an animated preview of their contents. Projects can be edited with just a double-click on the icon.



About Matrox DSX Developer Products

The Matrox DSX product line combines codec and effects technologies and a full range of professional audio and video hardware components with a comprehensive Windows XP-based Software Development Kit (SDK). The Matrox DSX platforms exploit Matrox's "Power of X" and “Flex” technologies to enable OEMs and developers to leverage scalable CPU and GPU power to create a wide variety of cost-effective products and applications including NLE systems, ingest/playout servers, character generators, clip and still stores, graphics/production servers, automation and master control units, multi-layer compositors, and CATV barker channels.


Key features of the Matrox DSX platforms:

• Modular 10-bit architecture gives developers the flexibility to meet technical and price targets

• Full range of HD and SD audio and video I/Os

• Simultaneous input and output of different video standards in HD and SD

• Multi-format SD codec support in software - DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50, D10, MPEG-2, 8- and 10-bit uncompressed

• Multi-format HD codec support in software - HDV, DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2 at online and offline bit rates, 8- and 10-bit uncompressed

• Native MXF support for IMX, XDCAM HD and DCVPRO HD

• MPEG-2 4:2:2:4 YUVA I-frame codec in HD and SD

• Exploits CPU power to perform software effects on multiple streams in real time

• On-board 8- and 10-bit compositor/keyer

• On-board 8- and 10-bit scaler for YUV 4:2:2 and YUVA 4:2:2:4

• Professional realtime effects including sub-pixel 2D DVE, color correction, chroma/luma keying, graphics overlay, smooth speed changes

• GPU co-processor for realtime 3D effects

• Key input and output support

• Multiple board support in a single chassis

• Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers


About ClassX Development s.n.c.

Founded by Giovanni Pallesi and Michele Puccini in 1992, ClassX is headquartered in Santa Maria a Monte - Pisa, Italy. A leading supplier of broadcast graphics solutions to Italian broadcasters, ClassX also creates localized solutions in many languages for customers worldwide. For more information visit www.classx.it.


About Matrox

Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for realtime editing, DVD authoring, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information visit www.matrox.com/video.

Matrox is a registered trademark and Matrox DSX is a trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. ClassX is a registered trademark and MoreCG, CastaliaCG, CGPlayout, SGL are trademarks of ClassX snc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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