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Matrox M264 Multi-channel 4:2:2 10-bit H.264 Encoder Card for Developers Now Shipping

Vizrt to feature IP streaming based on Matrox M264 card at IBC2015

MONTREAL — Sept. 8, 2015 — Matrox® Video today announced that the Matrox M264 multi-channel 4:2:2 10-bit H.264 encoder card is now available. M264 is a half-length PCIe card featuring an onboard codec for unprecedented multi-channel H.264 encoding/decoding quality and performance from Baseline Profile to High 10 Intra Profile up to Level 5.2. Multi-channel motion-adaptive de-interlacing and up/down/cross scaling allow content to be repurposed into any resolution before encoding or after decoding, which is particularly beneficial for OTT workflows.

M264 offers the pristine quality needed for broadcast distribution, contribution and production applications. It encodes a single stream of 4Kp60 H.264/AVC intra-frame at 4:2:2 10-bit, up to 10 streams of HD long GOP at 4:2:2 10-bit or up to 16 streams of HD at 4:2:0 8-bit. Presets for Sony XAVC and Panasonic AVC-Ultra formats are provided. The card is designed for low latency and offers dynamic bitrate and GOP control to allow adjustments on the fly.

M264 will be featured at IBC2015 (Amsterdam, Sept. 11–15) on the Matrox stand 7.B29. On stand 7.A20 Vizrt will present a technology demonstration of Viz Engine™ that incorporates the Matrox M264 card to provide 4:2:2 10-bit H.264 contribution-quality IP playout.

“Having dedicated hardware is our preferred solution for a compute intense task like H.264 encoding. The M264 enables H.264 streaming capabilities for our systems without influencing the overall performance. There is a multitude of use cases which can now be covered with this new building block from Matrox which fits seamlessly into our existing hardware infrastructure. We find the quality of the codec impressive too, which is right up there with x264,” said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer, Vizrt.

“Until now, high-quality H.264 throughput has required an impossible balance of cost, quality, density, power budget and rack space,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “With our new M264 accelerator card, leading broadcast OEMs are already developing systems to enable workflows that have never before been possible using a standard 1RU server.”

Matrox M264 is the ideal H.264 encoder card for OEMs who need to add IP streaming capabilities to channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, multiviewers and switchers or create high-density encoders, transcoders and other broadcast media equipment. It can be used with industry-leading Matrox I/O cards like those in the new X.mio3 Series to create powerful hybrid solutions with baseband and IP streaming support all in one. Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, IP streaming, synchronization mechanisms and a large selection of software codecs and effects. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.

Matrox M264 is available now. Developers may obtain more information by e-mailing

About Vizrt
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit

About New Magic Australia Pty Ltd (Australian and New Zealand Matrox Video Products master distributor)
New Magic Australia Pty Ltd is a recognised leader in the distribution and marketing of multimedia hardware and software, representing a carefully selected range of innovative, leading manufacturers and catering for both the professional and consumer markets. New Magic Australia established in 1993 is the Australian distributor of Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design, Cubix, Hauppauge Computer Works Inc, Cubix, Matrox Video Products and Sony Creative Software products.