Matrox Unveils World’s Only Four-Channel 4Kp60 XAVC Codec Card

Matrox Video has announced a new addition to the Matrox M264 family of H.264 hardware codec cards.​ The latest 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. 

Broadcast OEMs can now deliver exceptional encode/decode performance using standard, PC-based solutions to enable multi-channel broadcast contribution, distribution, and production systems such as video servers, IP multiviewers, media encoders, transcoders, render farms, and more.

Designed specifically for high-density and pristine-quality, H.264-based encoding/decoding (Baseline Profile to High 10 Intra Profile up to Level 5.2), the solution provides XAVC-certified and AVC-ULTRA-compliant presets. 

The solution card can encode/decode up to four 4Kp50/60 streams of XAVC 4K Intra Class 300/480, XAVC 4K Long 4:2:2, or AVC-ULTRA in real-time with zero CPU usage—while the highest-end multi-socket PCs struggle to achieve just one real-time encode.

The M264 S4 card can also 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, with ultra-low power consumption, in the smallest footprint.

The Matrox M264 S4 card is supported by the field-proven Matrox DSX SDK, which boasts an extensive set of powerful media processing modules — including file input/output (I/O), software codecs, and CPU effects — for rapid application and system development. The M264 family of codec cards also provides plug-ins for H.264 transcode acceleration into the FFMPEG framework.

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