Vizrt Selects Matrox DSX Developer Platform as Core of Realtime Graphical SolutionsMontreal, Canada, April 20, 2006 - Matrox Video Products Group today announced that Vizrt, the world's leading provider of realtime 2D and 3D broadcast graphics, has chosen the Matrox X.mio card, part of the Matrox DSX family of developer products, to provide video and audio I/O for the Viz|Engine 3D rendering engine. Viz|Engine is the heart of all Vizrt graphics solutions (CG, Virtual Set, Weather, etc.). In addition to HD and SD input and output, Matrox X.mio will provide many advanced features including on-board color space conversion and compositing as well as the ability to play uncompressed video clips and compressed clips in MPEG and DVCPRO. All of the Vizrt products can be seen at NAB 2006 in booth SL1323.
"We have evaluated video I/O boards from all the big vendors on the market and Matrox X.mio definitely turned out to be the best in terms of performance as well as features. It lets us enhance the feature set of our HD platform to a level which formerly was only possible in SD resolutions," said Christian Huber, Head of Vizrt Austria. "By selecting the Matrox X.mio multi-format card we have given added value to our customers as they can upgrade their SD systems to HDTV at any time without the need to change the hardware."
Primarily, Viz|Engine is used to render graphics animations for live TV programs, but can be equally applied to post-production, webcasting, and non-broadcast large scale displays. Viz|Engine has an open control interface allowing users to integrate their proprietary control software. Viz|Engine supports a command language which allows almost all graphic features to be controlled or changed on the fly from external applications. These control possibilities include editing of text, images, materials, 2D and 3D objects, audio, animations, and many other effects. Viz|Engine systems support up to four live video inputs which can be embedded in any graphics animations or virtual studio sets. Viz|Engine supports scaling of performance by clustering multiple systems.
About Matrox DSX
Matrox DSX is a family of HD and SD video and audio components designed to allow OEMs and developers to create a wide variety of cost-effective products and applications including NLE systems, capture/playout servers, character generators, clip and still stores, graphics/production servers, automation and master control units, multi-layer compositors, and CATV barker channels. Matrox DSX combines codec and effects technologies and a full range of professional hardware components with a comprehensive Windows XP-based SDK.
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, DVCPRO 50, D10 (in an MXF file wrapper), 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|
|•||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|
|•||SDK based on the mature DigiSuite platform which has been used on-air by broadcasters worldwide for more than 8 years|
|•||Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers|
Vizrt is the world's leading provider of HD/SD realtime 2D and true 3D broadcast graphics. The company's software suite offers a complete graphics solution including: character generation, content management and newsroom integration, 3D tickers, virtual studio, 3D weather application with data integration, Curious Software map creation tools, virtual sports analysis, information display and virtual effects. All Vizrt's graphics products are powered by a single core renderer, the unique and powerful Viz|Engine. Vizrt's graphics solution goes beyond the visual aspect and includes highly customized user interfaces for the designer, operator, journalist and engineer. The world's leading broadcasters, such as CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK as well as Production houses and Corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchange, use the Vizrt's software suite. Vizrt is a public company traded on the Frankfurt Prime Standard and on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN:
IL0010838154. For more information please visit www.vizrt.com.
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 and DigiSuite are registered trademarks and Matrox DSX is a trademark of Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are hereby acknowledged.
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