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MOTU HDX-SDI video interface with PCI-e card   (Open Box)
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The MOTU HDX-SDI video interface with PCI-e card adds comprehensive, professional video capture and monitoring to your Mac or Windows computer with support for uncompressed HD and SD, Apple ProRes, and many other popular workflows (support for Premiere Pro on Windows will be coming soon.) With the blazing speed of PCI Express, the HDX-SDI video interface turns your Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the I/O you need.

Connect any source to the HDX-SDI interface, from SD camcorders to today's latest professional HD cameras, then log and capture HD or SD clips directly into your video editing software. For the best-possible image quality, use the MOTU HDX-SDI to capture uncompressed video via HD-SDI or HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit color depth and full-raster 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. Many cameras feed their uncompressed SDI, HDMI, or component output directly from the camera's optics and imager, before compression, for absolutely pristine picture quality during capture with the HDX-SDI.

If you prefer to edit more conveniently at a lower data rate, use Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ or the codec of your choice in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. Because the HDX-SDI delivers 10-bit uncompressed video to the computer, you are not limited to a particular codec and are instead free to go with the host-based workflow of your choice, including many popular file-based formats now supported by today's video editing software.

By using a codec directly supported by your editing software, you eliminate unnecessary extra stages of compression and decompression for maximum CPU efficiency and smooth editing.

As you edit, monitor your timeline with pixel-for-pixel accuracy on a large plasma screen via digital HDMI output, with color-corrected balance on an LCD reference monitor via HD-SDI output, or with the real-world look of a consumer display via analog HD or SD component, composite or S-Video output.

Capture and monitor up to 16 channels of audio (analog, AES/EBU or embedded) at sample rates up to 96 kHz. Employ Sony 9-pin machine control for advanced Batch Capture and Edit to Tape operations. Keep everything frame-accurate using time code and video reference.

For high-performance desktop operation, the MOTU HDX-SDI video interface provides PCI Express card connectivity for today's ultra-fast, multi-core Mac and PC towers. Need to go mobile? The HDX-SDI is also available with an ExpressCard adapter for any current-generation Mac or Windows laptop equipped with an ExpressCard slot.

From initial capture to final finishing, the MOTU HDX-SDI delivers exceptional video I/O performance and quality.

MOTU Video I/O
The HDX-SDI interface provides comprehensive video input and output connectivity. Its SDI section supplies two mirrored outputs so that you can connect both a deck and a monitor simultaneously. The front panel provides convenient inputs for legacy SD capture and full 10-bit uncompressed HDMI capture from today's latest HD camcorders. The component section provides both RGB and YPbPr, but they can alternatively serve as CVBS (composite) in/out or even Y/C (S-Video) in/out.

The MOTU HDX-SDI provides comprehensive video and audio synchronization features, including time code I/O, video ref with loop through, large front panel time code readout and RS-422 (Sony 9-pin) machine control. Synchronize your HDX-SDI video system with reliable performance and fast lock-up times. Perform batch capture and edit/export to tape operations in Final Cut or Premiere with a 9-pin compatible camera or deck connected to the HDX-SDI interface.

Audio I/O
Audio I/O
The MOTU HDX-SDI delivers comprehensive audio capture and monitoring in stereo or full surround with support for both 5.1 or 7.1 configurations. The HDX-SDI interface provides four 8-channel banks of audio input and output: analog, AES/EBU digital, SDI embedded, and HDMI embedded. Up to 2 banks can be active at a time, giving you 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output. The front panel provides comprehensive audio activity LEDs, plus eight channels of assignable 4-segment input metering.

The MOTU HDX-SDI interface's unique bank of quarter-inch analog TRS connectors makes it a snap to connect cameras and a wide range of video and audio gear up to eight channels at a time. No other interface offers professional analog audio connectivity with this much convenience.

The HDX-SDI's stereo (BNC) AES/EBU digital audio input and output are continuously sample-rate converted. This means trouble-free digital audio transfers, regardless of clock source. Say goodbye to clicks, pops, and headaches due to digital audio clocking issues.

Transform your Mac or PC desktop into an HD/SD video production workstation with plenty of I/O.

  • HD/SD PCI Express video interface for Mac and Windows provides HD and SD capture and playback for any current-generation PCI- or ExpressCard-equipped computer
  • Connects to a Mac or PC tower via PCI Express for ultra-fast operation
  • Comprehensive video capture & monitoring supports all standard SD and HD video formats up to, and including, 1080p30 (720p, 1080i, 1080p & 1080PsF)
  • Cross-platform software support—supports Apple Final Cut Pro on the Mac and Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows
  • Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD: 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth and 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Support for ProRes and other popular codecs: capture and monitor full-raster (1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720) Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, or other popular host-based codecs supported by Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Support for file-based workflows lets you capture, edit, and monitor in any codec supported natively in Final Cut or Premiere, with no transcoding needed
  • Broadcast-quality: 10-bit 4:2:2 signal path throughout
  • ASC CDL color grading provides flexible, industry-standard color adjustment with separate settings for capture and playback
  • HDMI capture and monitoring provides both HDMI in and out
  • Sync and machine control advanced sync features include time code, large front-panel time code display, video ref input, and 9-pin machine control
  • Comprehensive audio: capture or monitor up to 16 channels of audio via any two 8-channel banks of TRS analog, AES/EBU digital, or embedded (SDI or HDMI) at sample rates up to 96kHz
  • Single rack space form factor: professional rack-mount operation, or remove the rack-mount brackets for convenient desktop use
  • International operation: auto-switching internal power supply with powersave mode
  • Apply industry standard color adjustments to your video signal during either capture or monitoring
  • Video reference in / thru: resolve to blackburst, composite, or HD Tri-level sync
  • Time code in and out generate and resolve to time code in all formats, including LTC, VITC (SD analog), D-VITC (SD-SDI), and embedded (SD/HD-SDI)
  • RS-422 machine control: control the transports of a connected camera or video deck from Final Cut or Premiere via standard 9-pin protocol
  • Front panel time code display provides frame-accurate time code readout when converting or generating time code, or during playback from host software
  • Direct Digital Synthesis: DSP-driven phase lock engine provides ultra-low jitter
Video I/O
  • Video reference in/thru: resolve to blackburst, composite, or HD Tri-level sync
  • Time code in and out: generate and resolve to time code in all formats, including LTC, VITC (SD analog), D-VITC (SD-SDI) and embedded (SD/HD-SDI).
  • RS-422 machine control: control the transports of a connected camera or video deck from Final Cut or Premiere via standard 9-pin protocol
  • Front panel time code display: provides frame-accurate time code readout when converting or generating time code, or during playback from host software
  • Direct Digital Synthesis: DSP-driven phase lock engine provides ultra-low jitter
Audio I/O
  • 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output
  • Supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96kHz
  • 8 x quarter-inch TRS analog in and out via direct connection (no breakout cable)
  • 2 x RCA analog input on the front panel for SD Composite/S-Video capture
  • 2 x AES/EBU digital in and out on BNC connectors with sample rate conversion (SRC)
  • 8 x AES/EBU digital in and out on standard DB25 breakout cable (purchased separately)
  • 8 x HD/SD-SDI embedded audio in and out
  • 8 x HDMI embedded audio in and out
  • Front panel headphone jack with dedicated volume control


HDX-SDI video interface with PCI-e card

  • Specifications
  • Cross-platform operation (Mac OS X, Windows 7/Vista/XP)
  • Support for Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or higher on Mac OS X
  • Support for Adobe Premiere Pro 4.0.1 or higher on Windows 7/Vista/XP (coming soon)
  • Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 19:W x 7"D x 1.75"H (48.26cm x 17.78cm x 4.45cm)
  • Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1" (2.54cm) to depth
  • With rack ears attached, fits standard 19" (48.26cm) rack at 1U high
  • System Requirements
  • The HDX-SDI has the following system requirements:
  • 1 GB of RAM; 2 GB or more is recommended
  • Available PCI-Express x1 slot or ExpressCard/34 slot
  • Large hard disk drive (preferably at least 500 GB)
  • CD-ROM disc drive for installation
  • For Mac OS X:
  • Multi-processor or multi-core Intel Mac
  • Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later
  • For use with Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or later; Final Cut Pro 7.0 or later is recommended under Mac OS X v10.6
  • PC
  • Not available yet
  • Video formats support:
  • SD
  • 576i25 (PAL)
  • 486i29.97 (NTSC)
  • HD
  • 720p23.976
  • 720p24
  • 720p25
  • 720p29.97
  • 720p30
  • 720p50
  • 720p59.94
  • 720p60
  • 1080p23.976
  • 1080p24
  • 1080p25
  • 1080p29.97
  • 1080p30
  • 1080PsF23.976
  • 1080PsF24
  • 1080PsF25
  • 1080PsF29.97
  • 1080PsF30
  • 1080i25
  • 1080i29.97
  • 1080i30

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Great I/O solution for Media Composer 6 !!!!


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Comments about MOTU HDX-SDI video interface with PCI-e card:

This item has almost every base covered for the video editor...price,quality, ease of use....and a driver that installs and works the first time. I could not be more pleased!
I got this to use as a I/O for my Media Composer 6 workstation. I couldn't be more more pleased! I downloaded the latest Windows installer from the MOTU website has the softwater interface that controls the hardware. It installed easily, and works flawlessly. There is almost any video connection type you could need, in numeous formats both HD and SD. 8 channels of analog audio I/O or 8 channels AES digital audio I/O (both line level and balanced) ......that is more than enough I/O to monitor audio in almost any surround format. It's a wonderful solution for any video editor I/O monitoring need.
Appears to be well made for what it is...Can be used as a desktop unit by removing the rack-ears, well-marked functions and a large L.E.D readout. The Win7 software interface downloaded and installed from the MOTU website worked perfectly the first time. Wish it came with more cables...(no big deal, but would be convenient) All in all I am happy with it.
Great "bang for the buck" , A lot of features for the price. I would definitely recommend this unit!

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