.—Picture This Productions
is a small, full-service production
company, and as owner, I wear many
hats. I’m a producer/director, director of
photography/cinematographer and also
an editor/motion graphic artist. In such
an operation, selection of equipment is
of paramount importance to success. We
need to be fiscally responsible, efficient
and creative all at the same time.
One of our equipment choices was
the Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX editing interface.
It has every input anyone could
want including HD-SDI, HDMI, composite,
component, Y/C, XLR, surround sound,
AES/EBU, along with RS-422 for control.
The beauty of this unit is that it’s compatible
with both PCs and Macs and has a
variety of connection options (PCIe, ExpressCard/
34 and Thunderbolt), so it can
literally be used anytime, anywhere and
on any system.
We travel a lot and like to stay productive
on the road. I can start a project in
the edit suite using the PCIe connection
on my tower and take it with me using
the ExpressCard/34 or Thunderbolt connection
on my laptop. The
Matrox HDMI connection and
calibration utility even let me
use a hotel room television as
my edit monitor.
What’s more, the MXO2
Rack MAX has a secret weapon
found only in Matrox
products. The MAX technology
speeds the encoding of
H.264 files tremendously—up
to five times faster than using
just the NLE alone. We don’t
have to worry about sacrificing
quality for speed either;
the quality is superb.
Today, all of our clients
want their finished product as
quickly as possible and many
prefer to review material online
instead of sitting in during the post
session. MAX lets us encode H.264 files
fast and upload them to the Web for review
and final delivery. It’s useful for speedy Bluray
and mobile device content too.
A REAL ‘ANYTHING-TO-ANYTHING’
Our NLE of choice is Adobe Premiere,
along with other Adobe apps: After Effects,
Photoshop, Media Encoder, Prelude,
and Encore. Our camera of choice
is the Red Epic and R3D media files. We
also use Sony XDCAM, XDCAM EX, XAVC,
Canon 5DMIII and occasionally P2 files.
The MXO2 has no trouble with any of the
leading file-based workflows. We simply
drop material into a timeline, hit play and
everything works. Having a single device
that interfaces with all of our favorite
tools is a huge timesaver, and very cost
Recently, an electronics company asked
us for a short-turnaround shooting and
posting of a commercial and several tradeshow/
Internet pieces for their new guitar
pickups. Seamless integration with Premiere
made this possible, as a variety of codecs
were employed including R3D, MXF
and MP4 files. The Matrox color correction
made the grading shots to
match easy too. We quickly encoded
each version to H.264
with MAX and uploaded it to
the Web for client approval.
All our broadcast and corporate
clients expect the pinnacle
of quality, along with
speed, accuracy and budget.
Our Matrox equipment helps
us maximize creativity, no
matter what the budget is
and to produce results that
are beyond expectations.
Curt Pair is the owner of
Picture This Productions and
may be contacted at email@example.com.
For additional information,
contact Matrox Video at 800-361-
4903, 514-822-6364 or visit www.matrox.com/video.