Matrox mxo2 mini with macbook pro
by matthew stewart on Feb 28, 2012 at 3:39:15 am
I just purchased the new matrox mini to connect a broadcast tv to my macbook pro, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to set the settings. I have the tv connected with component cables and an hdmi cable to the mxo2 and the matrox connected to my macbook via expresscard 34. I want to use the the tv as a second monitor most of the time and as a broadcast tv for color grading while im editing. The tv is a samsung fullhd/3d syncmaster so I should be able to switch between the hdmi and component outputs, my problem is I am not sure how to set the settings for the matrox device in the system settings. Can anyone help me out with this?
Re: Matrox mxo2 mini with macbook pro by Matthew Sonnenfeld on Feb 28, 2012 at 10:48:49 pm
The MXO2 line does not support the output as a second desktop unfortunately. The outputs on the MXO2 are exclusively for video monitoring.
What is the video format that you are editing? SD or HD? Frame rates? If you are not using 1080P footage and you are using 1080i, 720P, or SD, you will be fine to monitor your video from the component outputs. Although through the component you can't use the Matrox Calibration as that is only HDMI. To monitor 1080P with monitor calibration, you will need to use the HDMI.
To have a second desktop you will need to have a cable directly from your MBP. Which MBP do you have? From what year? If you are using ExpressCard 34 you either have an older MBP, a late 2008 15", or a 17" unibody. But that does mean that either your DVI port or your mini Display Port will be open. Get a cable that will take you from there to your monitor's Display Port input or DVI input. That will be how you will have a second desktop configuration.
Then you should still have the HDMI input on your monitor open for the HDMI signal from the MXO2. Just make sure that when you go to use the MXO2 for color grading, that you unplug the DVI or mini Display Port cable from your computer so that you don't send two signals to your monitor and so that your computer doesn't extend things to a desktop that shouldn't be there.
Hope this helps!
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Re: Matrox mxo2 mini with macbook pro by matthew stewart on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:26:03 pm
I have the 17in unibody. I actually just got it all set up, I have the tv monitor connected with hdmi directly to the macbook via thunderbolt adapter and to the matrox with hdmi and from matrox to the mac via expresscard. I am able to switch between the two hdmi signals so it seems to be working out good.
Good idea with unplugging the minidisplay port, I didn't think of that.
Right now I am editing mostly 7d footage shot at 1080p/29.97. Do you think this is better than 25 framerate? I also shoot some SD, so that will possibly be used in the future but haven't recently.