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MOTU HDX-SDI w/ Thunderbolt

The HDX-SDI video interface turns any Mac or PC equipped with Thunderbolt Technology into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation.

Thunderbolt is the next-generation high-speed I/O technology that supports high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices through a single, compact port. It sets new standards for speed, flexibility, and simplicity.

Imagine being able to connect a high-resolution display, uncompressed broadcast quality video I/O, and super high-speed storage to your Apple MacBook Pro, Mac Pro cylinder, or Thunderbolt-equipped PC, using a few Thunderbolt cables. With the HDX-SDI, that dream is now a reality.

Thunderbolt is the fastest, most versatile I/O format ever devised. It offers:
  • Massive bandwidth - 10 Gbps for data (12x FireWire 800) plus 10 Gbps for DisplayPort
  • Daisy-chaining - connect up to six high-speed, high-bandwidth devices
  • Bidirectional performance - massive input and output for your computer
  • Bus power - 10 watts of bus power to drive connected peripherals
  • Flexible connectivity - electrical or optical Thunderbolt cables with lengths up to 30 meters

  • The ultimate Thunderbolt video interface
    Connect any video source to the HDX-SDI, from SD camcorders to today's latest professional HD cameras, then log and capture HD or SD clips directly into your video editing software.

    Full Raster
    For the best-possible image quality, capture uncompressed video via HD-SDI or HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit color depth and full-raster 1920x1080 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.

    Go ahead, choose your workflow
    If you prefer to edit more conveniently at a lower data rate, use Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, Avid DNxHD, or the codec of your choice in Avid Media Composer, 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.

    Putting the Audio back in AV
    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.

    From initial capture to final finishing, the HDX-SDI delivers exceptional video I/O performance and quality.
  • Thunderbolt video interface for Mac and Windows - provides HD and SD capture and playback for any Thunderbolt-equipped computer.
  • Plug-and-play high-speed connectivity - daisy-chain the HDX-SDI with high-speed, high-capacity storage, plus other Thunderbolt devices such as high-resolution Thunderbolt displays.
  • 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 Avid Media Composer (Mac/Windows), Apple Final Cut Pro X and 7 (Mac), and Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows).
  • Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD - 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth and 1920x1080 resolution.
  • Support for ProRes, DNxHD and other popular codecs - capture and monitor full-raster (1920x1080 or 1280x720) Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, DNxHD or other popular host-based codecs supported by Final Cut, Media Composer and Premiere Pro.
  • Support for file-based workflows - lets you capture, edit and monitor in any codec supported natively in Final Cut, Media Composer, 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.
  • Specifications
  • Cross-platform operation
  • Supports (Mac OS X 10.6.8 - 10.9.5 (no current support for 10.10 or 10.11)
  • Supports Windows 8/7/Vista (no current support for Windows 10)
  • Supports Avid Media Composer 7/6 on Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/Vista
  • Supports Final Cut Pro X/7 on Mac OS X
  • Supports Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and CC7 on Windows 8/7
  • Supports Digital Performer 8 and 9 on Windows 8/7 and Mac OS X 10.6 - 10.9.5
  • Supports Core Audio, Wave, and ASIO drivers
  • Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 19 x 7 x 1.75 inches (48.26 x 17.78 x 4.45 cm). Knobs and connectors extend up to 0.5 inch (1.27 cm) from front and back panels, adding 1 inch (2.54 cm) to depth. With rack ears attached, fits standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high.
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