One of our equipment choices is the Matrox MXO2 Rack MAX. It has every input anyone could want including HD-SDI, HDMI, composite, component, Y/C, XLR, surround sound, AES/EBU and RS 422 for control. The beauty of this unit is that it’s both PC and Mac compatible and has a variety of connection options (PCIe, ExpressCard/34 and Thunderbolt) so it can literally be used anytime, anywhere, on any system.
We travel a considerable amount and like to stay productive on the road. It’s nice to know that I can start a project in the edit suite and take it with me. I use the PCIe connection on my tower and either the ExpressCard/34 or Thunderbolt connection on my laptop. With the HDMI monitoring function, I’ve often used the televisions in hotel rooms as my edit monitor. The Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility lets me use an inexpensive consumer TV to emulate a broadcast monitor.