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Matrox CompressHD H.264 HD Accelerator Card Accelerator Card Provides Faster Than Realtime High Definition H.264 File Creation

NAB 2009 – Las Vegas, April 20, 2009 – Matrox® Video Products Group today announced Matrox CompressHD™, the first implementation of Matrox MAX™ technology in an H.264 accelerator card for Windows, priced at just $495 US. Matrox MAX technology uses a dedicated hardware processor to accelerate the creation of H.264 files for mobile devices, the web and Blu-ray discs. By using specialized hardware acceleration, jobs are finished with amazing speed and system resources are liberated for other tasks. Matrox CompressHD works in systems with or without a video I/O device. Ease of use is ensured through direct integration with Adobe® Media Encoder software on the PC.

“With the industry move to HD, productivity in the creative workflow has never been more important to Adobe Creative Suite® 4 Production Premium users," said Giles Baker, group product manager, Editing Workflows at Adobe. "Along with the many built-in productivity features and time-saving capabilities of Adobe's integrated video production toolset, the Matrox CompressHD card will enable users to more quickly deliver engaging interactive experiences to audiences across platforms and devices.”

“Saving time on mundane encoding tasks is a tremendous advantage for content creators, said Lorne Trottier, president of Matrox. “Matrox CompressHD provides the ultimate in speed and workflow efficiency when it comes to producing H.264 files. For example, encoding a 20 minute DVCPRO HD 720p project to a Flash file for delivery on a mobile device or the web typically takes close to two hours on a quad-core PC. That same project can be encoded in less than 20 minutes using the Matrox MAX technology.”

Key features of Matrox CompressHD for Windows

• Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, using Matrox MAX technology

• Low profile, half-length PCIe x1 card

• Works in systems with or without an I/O device

• Three-year hardware warranty and complimentary telephone support

Key features of Matrox MAX technology

• Faster than realtime creation of H.264 files, for resolutions ranging from iPod to HD, at bitrates up to 50 Mbps

• A specialized, dedicated hardware processor liberates system resources for other tasks

• Accelerated encoding for Blu-ray, PS3, Apple TV, YouTube, Flash, web formats, and mobile devices including iPhone, and iPod from various video sources including 2K files

• Direct integration with Adobe Media Encoder on the PC to simplify workflow

• Creation of Blu-ray H.264 files that can be authored in Adobe Encore® CS4 then burned without re-encoding

Price and availability

Priced at $495 US (₤375, €449) not including local taxes, Matrox CompressHD with PC drivers will be available in the summer of 2009 through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.

About Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium

Available for Windows and Intel® based Mac OS systems, Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium pairs world-class video, audio, and design tools with integration features that help save valuable production time at every step. Benchmarking results from an independent research study conducted by Pfeiffer Consulting and commissioned by Adobe shows that features in Adobe Creative Suite 4 software can dramatically increase productivity, efficiency and return on investment. The report includes several ways Creative Suite 4 Production Premium saves times and money.

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, audio/video input/output, DVD/Blu-ray 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.

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Note: Print resolution artwork can be downloaded at http://www.matrox.com/video/en/press/artwork/#compresshd

Matrox is a registered trademark and Matrox CompressHD and Matrox MAX are trademarks of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.

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