Montreal-based high-tech electronics company continues to deliver innovative graphics, video and imaging/machine vision solutions to customers worldwide
(Montréal, Canada--June 29, 2011) With the introduction of Matrox's first product Video RAM (a specialized video display device for first-generation microcomputers) in 1976, co-founders Branko Matic and Lorne Trottier launched a company that has continued to develop innovative, industry-leading products over the last 35 years.
The company's three divisions—Matrox Graphics, Matrox Imaging, and Matrox Video—now provide specialized hardware and software solutions for use in an array of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing.
Since 1976, Matrox has earned its reputation as an industry leader by consistently meeting customer requirements for pioneering technology and the highest standards of manufacturing. Despite the fast-paced, increasingly complex challenges companies face within the high-technology sector, Matrox continues to deliver reliable, high-quality products aimed at solving specific, real-world industry issues.
Matrox's success is ensured by the calibre of its solutions, commitment to customers' needs, and a willingness to optimize every aspect of its business operations. The company's proven track record assures customers that Matrox will continue to meet their specifications for performance, value, and service now—and in the future.
Established in 1976, Matrox has many years of experience building innovative, award-winning hardware and software solutions under three successful divisions: Matrox Graphics, a multi-display graphics leader of add-in graphics cards, external multi-display adapters, KVM extenders, and video wall controller boards for professional environments; Matrox Imaging, a leading developer of component-level solutions for machine vision, image analysis, medical imaging, and video surveillance; and Matrox Video, a technology leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for a full range of content creation and delivery platforms. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with representation and offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit Matrox.
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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Montreal-based high-tech electronics company continues to deliver innovative graphics, video and imaging/machine vision solutions to customers worldwide
Adobe has some great tutorials on switching from FCP Whatever to Premiere Pro CS5.5 ? Check these out
This is a great multipart series, and there are some others out there as well if you look.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
If it weren't so true....
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Well this one is making the rounds right now. Its the former Shake product manager speaking about apple's internal view of things. Worth a read because history may be repeating itself again. Ok, they didn't kill FCP out right, or maybe they did and slapped the name on iMovie Pro while trashing Color and Soudntrack.
I have MB Suite 10, I"m gonna update.
Here is their new demo, and its totally not what you'd expect in a product demo because there's not a screen shot of AE or a NLE to be found :). Its well shot, well written and fun ! and it looks like it had a little help from their friends.
If you think apple's blunder doesn't get any bigger, now this just in from an apple rep speaking at a client demo of FCP X "FCP7 "does run under Lion".
This just has to be their biggest foul up ever. I think they'll probably be forced into making FCP 7 run under Lion if they expect to keep market share because Lion has some great features people just want, or you can just switch to something else.
UPDATE ; Now apple says on their FCP X Faq page, it will...
Online petition to apple :
To: Apple, Inc.
We, both the editors and affected filmmakers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a crucial business tool, do so in the same way Photoshop, Maya, Pro Tools, and other industry-standard applications are relied on by leading post-production environments. Many have invested hundreds of thousands (some even millions) of dollars in creating Final Cut Pro based companies. These are now threatened by a "prosumer-grade" product upgrade of Final Cut Pro 7 titled "Final Cut Pro X," and will likely put several of these companies out of business. The costly process of migrating studio hardware and software is a major burden, especially on studios that have made recent upgrades to support Final Cut Pro. If many had known of the Final Cut Pro X release prior to investing in expensive hardware and software licenses, most, if not all, would have sought alternative solutions.
A large corporation such as Apple, Inc. should not make "revolutionary" paradigm-shifting changes to software which can be referred to as "industry-standard". This is unfair to workers who rely on Final Cut Pro as a business tool and will devastate the Final Cut Pro community. Many editors have relied on the software since its first release and supported Apple through both the hard and easy times. Apple Inc. now has over $75 billion in assets and does not need to risk the livelihoods of its professional customers by silently discontinuing "Final Cut Pro" instead of selling it to a company willing to support working film, tv, and advertising industry professionals.
We, the Final Cut Pro community, hereby request that:
1. Final Cut Studio 3 is immediately reinstated, supported, and referred to as Apple's "professional grade" editing application.
2. Final Cut Pro is restored under a new name with the functionality and user interface of Final Cut Pro 7.
3. Final Cut Pro X is to be considered part of the iMovie family or labeled a "prosumer" product.
1. The source code to Final Cut Pro 7 is auctioned or sold to a third-party by January 1, 2012.
Now that things have calmed down a little with work I'm back to be working on some new video reviews. i'm trying to get my hands on a FS100 and we'll see how that goes. I'll also take a look at some Tamron glass as an alternative to EOS glass.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Did you shoot something cool ? did you just take time off ? or where you stuck working on something uninteresting ?
For me I took time off, but still made a few great images. I snapped this on my iPhone, yet again proof that you don't need the super best camera / lens / whatever to get something good. I saw the shot coming, grabbed the iphone and had it up just in time as the current carried my thru the shot. Being as they say, "situationally aware" totally counts. I wasn't looking for a great image, but saw it coming and got it.
Perhaps this summer it should be a time to do one of those inspirational projects you've always wanted to do but just haven't. Lets face it, gear is not a problem. Even an older HV30 or other small camera that shoots to card or hard drive can be stuck in your pocket. A FlipCam or GoPro works great for the right shot. There are lots of ways of easily getting good images these days that don't cost very much.
I've made some great images on an iPhone simply because its always with me. How about just carrying around your small camera everyday? Maybe think of the theme for the week, and just look for little shots to put it together. Maybe you can just let inspiration come from what surrounds you. Just getting one shot and filling in around it will work. That of course means putting yourself out of your comfort zone a little, and pulling that camera out to get a shot. Once you do it a couple of times, its easy. I didn't get a 180 degree rainbow shot by sitting around in the office. I knew it was raining, the sun was out in the right position, and 2 minutes later, I had one of those once or twice in a lifetime shots. So don't let something good slip by this summer, go out and do something !
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Matrox has new MXO2 drivers out this week. Whats been added ? improved support for CS5.5 exporting : presets for AME and the direct export dialog in Prem Pro. Matrox.com/video
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
There is a LOT of over reaction right now about project / XML import. apple has been clear its coming, and given the uproar, probably REAL soon. this is OS X 10.0, which was more an experimental / beta release then anything else. then 10.1 got better, faster, and finally 10.2 was usable for everyday work. I remember those transition days. How many of you remember starting up 10.0 and poking around, looking for apps that worked, ect ? There was a lot of the same fallout back then, but look where things have gone.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
FCP X is also finally out. I win my bet. Maybe the big deal it seems is that Color's tools have been rolled into FCP. That one feature is probably worth using FCP X for. There is no mention of Color as a standalone app anymore. Thats too bad since its still a great fast app,. but grading within the NLE is better. Throw in background processing too on rendering.
FCP X is STILL limited to 4K resolution. That doesn't fly anymore for a lot of folks. How well their color management works is yet to be seen once you need to round trip with apps like AE. I'm sure we'll here all about it over the next few days.
Motion and Compressor are $49.95 add ons, but who cares about motion anyway.
Am I buying ? not sure yet. One part is if I get more then one install the way Lion works. $299 for one machine is ok, but I have 3 macs right now, so $1k is another entire story for a try it and see app right now. More as we get there.
---- The Bad ----
FCP X can not read FCP 7 project files. a real WTF moment to be sure. perhaps using FCP7 -> Automatic duck export to AAF and then using AD in FCP X to read it back in AAF-> FCP you can do it. Its a $500 fix.
No XML I/O
Tape support is limited to FW based devices. There is no 422 / Timecode support for capture or output, only a dumb output mode hit record on the VTR, hit play in FCP.
Batch recapture from tape is not supported.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Well bets are on for FCP X today Tuesday. Standing by..... if I'm wrong, next Tues. Do I personally have inside info on this ? no.
Do I have a very good track record on stuff like this :)... I did predict Apple would take over the FCP Super Meet @ NAB and everyone said no way, history proved me right. Lets see if I can get another one right :)
I got to do another NFL shoot at Lambeau FIeld. We fed SD for HD broadcast. Thats right, SD went up for PiP inserts. No need for HD,
That all said, I did get to light up a landmark statue while the anchor reported. I hit the statue with a 575 HMI while the talent was lit up with a LED light using 6 AA's. The camera was an ancient D30 with a PVV-3 back.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I'm going to add a new category to this site : Stupid DSLR Stuff. Just when you think you've seen either every overpriced piece of gear, or just plain stupidly designed piece of gear that some one thinks slapping dslr onto the name will make it sell :
Ok, this is a peice of spring steel bent in a loop to grab the focus ring. I guess these guys have NEVER seen all the other focus levers that are out there, and have been for maybe the last 100 years. There is nothing to patent here guys, there is so much prior art here is isn't funny. This isn't a follow focus, you're not fooling anyone. Call it what it is, a focus assist lever.
Here is a pic of the monitor thats been giving me so much grief. This is how its been looking although the iPhone camera did blow out the highlights completely. The image is still more then good enough to illustrate just how red this monitor is and is accurate that way. This shows the screen after I had been adjusting it for the better part of two weeks.
Today however, I did finally fix it by working on the red axis saturation control, as well as the red gain and other controls. The axis control really brought this monitor into looking, can I dare say, pretty good ? What I still do see is that this screen had a bright high gamma in the upper end making the brights look a bit brighter then they should. This I can deal with using either the mac screen calibration tools, probably the Spyder3 Elite or if I'm using it, the Matrox MXO2's output calibration setup.
Tomorrow if I can get a few minutes, I'll post the settings from the Asus user config color settings which should be able to get you into the same ball park.
Monday, June 13, 2011
You read this right, get $100 off of a Mac Version or PC Version of the Quadro 4000 card wtih 2G of VRAM. That brings the actual price down to an amazing $650 ! The older Quadro 4800 which was a real industry workhorse was ( still is ) around $1600. Here is a Link to the PDF Rebate Form for the deal that is good until July 31st. If you use the links here, this site will earn a tiny commission to help pay for things like our web hosting.
Coming out of news of Beta builds of OS X Lion aka 10.7, Roestta the PPC emulator is going away. Its been five years since PPC processor support had gone away in terms of the OS running natively on it. This probably doesn't effect most users, but if you have been nursing Combustion V2 or V3 along, well no more. Combustion V4 is intel compatible, but EOL'd this year to no one's suprise. So if you have any PPC apps you still have in use, time to upgrade, or create a dual boot machine with 10.6 on one side and 10.7 on the other. Unless you really really really need to use that old app so badly, time to let it go. This is of course history repeating itself when apple went from 68000 series processors to PPC and used emulation to make that bridge too.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
So far for me, FCP went out to the curb about a year ago because of its various failings and limitations. One of them was color correction. Now it looks like maybe apple gets it. Dig these - secodaries that look a lot like what you had to buy colorista II to get. Don't get me wrong, Colorista II and Looks from Red Giant rules for in NLE CC work. However, both are slow - as in while their OGL rendering can get you chunky playback at 1/2 res and maybe 1/2 frame rate, I'm guessing FCP X's CC will be full res and full frame rate. Apple has had to get their butts kickec with Prem Pro's CUDA hardware acceleration, so I'm sure they have been working on it the same way. FCP has had hardware acceleration using the GPU for several generations, but maybe apple will take it to a new level.
To see more, the shots can be found on Flickr
What does this mean ? Apple is feeding the PR mania machine and that we'll see a release in the next week or so, on or before June 21.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
If you take a look thru the menu's you'll find I've updated them to make finding the most important content easier. Reviews, DIY fixes under tutorials. I've also made some other cosmetic updates, and will be making a few more like a wider page.
Do you like the redone side bar now ? I'm still messing with it a bit, but its close I think.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
I know I never seem to have a long enough lens, even with a 400mm monster in my case. My next shorter lens is a 70-200 2.8 Tamron, which again I always seem to want a little more reach with. Enter the 1.4X converter. this turns 200mm into 280mm of reach. The trade off is a 1 stop light loss, and some image degradation according to the pixel peepers.
The Kenko is a nice small compact unit. You can easily carry it in your pocket for when you need to travel light and fast, but could use some extra reach. It has a full set of contacts to pass thru lens control to the camera body. With several lenses I tried, it also seems to add exposure compensation so that a mounted 2.8 lens will read 4.0. This is a very cool feature to have, especially for shooting stills. Autofocus works when shooting stills. I won't offer any comments on focus speed and accuracy because its not something I've used very much so far. When shooting video I'd never be using AF even if it was an option. The converter does work provided the lens you put on doesn't put you below 5.6 where the AF system won't work.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Red is the problem for me. It seems other colors aren't so bad, but looking at screens, red on one is orange on the other. I'm thinking maybe this gradient chart might do folks better. I should make up a complete set of mix and match gradients to see how monitors are really reproducing color. When you have plain old bars up, even when you do see a difference, its often far greater in a real picture. So I have my work for tomorrow to be sure.