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Andrew Saliga
Video for Crossfire System
on Mar 23, 2010 at 4:28:02 pm

Is anyone familiar with codec settings for a Crossfire system. We're creating some video for display in a baseball stadium, and it needs to be compatible with their system.

They have requested Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame only, but the codec seems to be locked to Matrox hardware which we don't use. I've searched for a list of compatible video formats, but haven't found anything.

-Andrew Saliga

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Tom Sefton
Re: Video for Crossfire System
on Mar 24, 2010 at 4:29:47 pm

Hi Andrew,

Can't really offer too much help other than pointing you towards buying a Matrox M.Key.

It costs around £110 in the UK - not sure of US prices, but it contains all of the Matrox codecs so that you can export from an FCP/Avid/Blackmagic/Kona etc.. system to a Matrox system.

The MPEG2 I-Frame is a Matrox one -usually for axio le or rtx2 suites.

Tom


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Andrew Saliga
Re: Video for Crossfire System
on Mar 24, 2010 at 4:42:36 pm

Thanks for your help Tom. I hadn't heard of the M.Key.

Any chance you know if it's PC and Mac compatible? Able to integrate with Sorenson Squeeze or Compressor?

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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Thomas Leong
Re: Video for Crossfire System
on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:18:50 pm

From what I've googled for and read, there are two Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame codecs - one for HD and one for SD. The SD version is software-based whereas the HD version was (perhaps still is) tied to Matrox's hardware.
You may be able to find a compatible SD version from one of the links here. AFAIK, the Fourcc code for the Matrox is MMES.

Another route is for you to confirm with Matrox (perhaps via their forums, or direct query) the type of codec (HD or SD) that the equipment you are producing for requires before you put your money down.



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Thomas Leong
Re: Video for Crossfire System - Matrox Forum
on Mar 24, 2010 at 5:25:38 pm

duh! There is a Matrox Forum here at the Cow -
http://forums.creativecow.net/matroxvideosystems



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Andrew Saliga
Re: Video for Crossfire System - Matrox Forum
on Mar 24, 2010 at 6:18:27 pm

Great. Thanks for sharing that site Thomas. It's a good resource.


Somehow I didn't even see the Matrox forum. I guess I'm so used to being in the Compression or FCP forum.


Thanks again.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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Tom Sefton
Re: Video for Crossfire System - Matrox Forum
on Mar 24, 2010 at 7:16:24 pm

Hi,

the m key is a simple USB device that is compatible with mac or oc afaik. It's a useful tool as matrox codecs are widely used and it means you can read and write to them.

Tom


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Andrew Saliga
Re: Video for Crossfire System - Matrox Forum
on Mar 24, 2010 at 7:19:57 pm

I've knew MAtrox was into hardware, but didn't know of any proprietary codecs they have.

We've never had a need or a request for a file encoded with one until now. Perhaps it's just something that's more prevalent in event video vs. broadcast.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com (undergoing a much-needed redesign)
http://www.vimeo.com/steelehouse


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