M264 Codec Card Family

Matrox M264 Family

Instant density and quality boost for H.264 encoding and decoding
Matrox M264 Family

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.

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 differing 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.

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
  • 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

Performance Chart 1,2 (Number of Streams)

4:2:0 8-bit Long GOP

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

4:2:2 10-bit

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

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.

 

For more information, please contact a Matrox Sales Engineer


Videos

Matrox M264 S4 PCI Express card

Video length: 45s.

The Matrox M264 S4 card supports up to four channels of 4K Sony® XAVC and Panasonic® AVC-ULTRA encoding/decoding in a single-slot card to enable high-density, multi-channel 4K workflows in PC-based platforms. Combined with onboard de-interlacing and scaling functionality, the Matrox M264 S4 card provides a simple, cost-effective means of managing computationally demanding 4:2:2 10-bit and 4:2:0 8-bit workflows.

 

Matrox M264 S3 PCI Express card

Video length: 2min 23s.

Get instant density and quality boost for multichannel H 264 encoding and decoding with the Matrox M264 S3 PCI Express card. Specifically designed for ultra-high channel density encoding/decoding at the lowest power per stream the M264 card is ideal for broadcast contribution, production and distribution and for IP Multiviewers, 4K replay servers and encoders.

 


Industry Recognition

NAB Show 2019 Product of the Year Logo

 

Matrox M264 S4 Codec Card wins 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year in Asset Management, Automation, and Playout

NAB Show
By NAB Show
April 12, 2019
NAB Show Product of the Year Awards recognize the most significant and promising new products and technologies on display for the first time at the NAB Show. Award winners were selected by a panel of industry experts in a variety of categories and were announced at a reception at the Westgate on April 10 as part of the 2019 NAB Show.

See the list of winners.

AVNetworkMatrox Expands Lineup of High Density H.264 4:2:2 10 Bit Codec Cards

AV Technology
By AV Network Staff
September 6, 2016
New additions to the M264 product line double and triple the performance capacity of the range. The M264 supports the needs of OEMs in providing multi-channel 4K production servers on PC platforms. Benefit from faster-than-real-time encoding/decoding abilities with the M264 S2 and S3 cards.

See the expanded Matrox M264 lineup of high density codec cards.

Systems Integration AsiaMatrox Expands Lineup of High Density H.264 4:2:2 10 Bit Codec Cards

Systems Integration Asia
By S.I. Asia
August 31, 2016
Matrox now counts the M264 family among developer solutions offering multi-channel encoding, decoding, and transcoding capabilities. Ideal H 264 accelerators for channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, multi-viewers, and switchers, the M264 S2 and S3 cards makes multi-channel 4K production a snap for OEMs.

Learn more about the expanded lineup of high density H.264 codec cards from Matrox.

 

For more information, please contact a Matrox Sales Engineer