H.264 Codec Cards

Matrox M264 Series

The m264 family of H.264 Codec Cards

Instant density and quality boost for H.264 encoding and decoding

Matrox® M264 family of PCI Express® cards features hardware-based multi-channel 8- and 10-bit H.264 encoding, decoding and transcoding capabilities. They provide an instantaneous H.264-quality and density boost offering the pristine quality needed for broadcast contribution, production and distribution. With the capability for up to four channels of 4K XAVC encoding/decoding in a single-slot card, the M264 family enables OEMs to provide multi-channel 4K production servers in a PC platform. Supporting the H.264-based Sony® XAVC and Panasonic AVC-ULTRA mezzanine codecs, it makes live 4K production as easy as today’s XDCAM HD workflows in PC platforms.

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    Overview

    The M264 family can encode/decode up to four streams of 4Kp60 at 4:2:2 10-bit, 40 streams of HD Long GOP at 4:2:2 10-bit or 64 streams of HD at 4:2:0 8-bit. The faster than real-time encoding/decoding ability of the M264 allows multiple blazing fast transcodes for distribution on different media platforms. With onboard multi-channel, motion-adaptive deinterlacing, and up/down/cross scaling, the M264 family can repurpose content into any resolution before encoding or after decoding, particularly beneficial for over-the-top (OTT) workflows.

    Specifically designed for high-density encoding/decoding (Baseline Profile to High 10 Intra Profile up to Level 5.2), M264 cards provide the highest possible quality, with ultra-low power consumption, and in the smallest footprint. The M264 S4, S3, and S2 cards are cloud-friendly and their resources can be shared across virtual machines.

    Matrox M264 cards are the ideal H.264 accelerators for channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, multi-viewers, and switchers or to create high-density encoders, transcoders, render farms, and other broadcast media equipment. The Matrox M264 hardware is supported by the Matrox DSX software development kit (SDK). Please refer to the Matrox DSX Developer Products datasheet for information on file I/O, software codecs and CPU effects. The Matrox M264 family also provides plug-ins for H.264 transcode acceleration into the FFMPEG framework.

    Performance Chart (Number of Streams)

    4:2:2 10-bit1,2

     

    Resolutions

    GOP Structure

    Format

    M264

    M264 S2

    M264 S3

    M264 S4

    3840x2160p60

    Intra frame

    XAVC Class 300 & Class 480 / AVC-Intra 4K

    1

    2

    3

    4

    1920x1080p60

    Intra frame

    XAVC Class 200 / AVC-Intra 200

    3

    6

    9

    12

    1920x1080i30

    Intra frame

    XAVC Class 100 / AVC-Intra 100

    10

    20

    30

    40

    3840x2160p60

    Long GOP

    Generic / XAVC 4K Long

    1

    2

    3

    4

    1920x1080p60

    Long GOP

    Generic / XAVC Long50 / AVC-LongG50

    5

    10

    15

    20

    1920x1080i30

    Long GOP

    Generic / XAVC Long25 / AVC-LongG25

    10

    20

    30

    40

    1280x720p60

    Long GOP

    Generic / XAVC Long25 / AVC-LongG25

    10

    20

    30

    40

     

    4:2:0 8-bit Long GOP1,2

     

    Resolutions

    M264

    M264 S2

    M264 S3

    M264 S4

    3840x2160p60

    2

    4

    6

    8

    1920x1080p60

    8

    16

    24

    32

    1920x1080i30

    16

    32

    48

    64

    1280x720p60

    16

    32

    48

    64

    Proxy (720X480p30)

    100

    200

    300

    400

    1- M264 performance scales with resolutions and frame rates (within defined capabilities) and also supports working with mixed resolutions.
    2- M264 S2, S3, and S4 provide two, three and four independent M264 instances, where each can be individually controlled to achieve 2x, 3x and 4x the performance respectively.

    Key Features

    Key Features

    • PCI Express Cards
      • M264 - Gen 2, ½ length card
      • M264 S2 - Gen 3, ¾ length card
      • M264 S3 - Gen 3, ¾ length card
      • M264 S4 - Gen 3, full-length card
    • Multi-channel, high-quality H.264 video encoding, decoding, and transcoding
    • Up to 4K resolutions supported
    • 4:2:2 10-bit and 4:2:0 8-bit
    • Dynamic codec control
    • Hardware-based deinterlacing and scaling
    • Real-time and faster than real-time operation
     

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    • Sony XAVC-certified encoding including XAVC 4K Long 4:2:2 and 4K Intra Class 300/480
    • Panasonic AVC-ULTRA compliant
    • Native MXF file wrapping
    • Native MXF file reading. This includes:
      • Trim in and Trim out settings for building playlists
      • File consolidation
      • Time Delay Instant Replay (TDIR) support
    • MXF file truncation and appending during live recording
    • Plugin for FFMPEG framework
    • One comprehensive SDK for all our developer cards