HD-capable system sports built-in standards conversion

Last Updated: September 13, 2005 4:02 pm GMT
(IBC 2005 – Amsterdam) Matrox Video Products Group announced that VertigoXmedia has enhanced its
VertigoXG graphics system with new Matrox DSX technology. VertigoXmedia, a leading provider of broadcast graphics software and
hardware, has designed a field upgrade for its VertigoXG character generator that creates the industry’s first broadcast graphics engine
with built-in standards conversion. Adding to the company’s existing HD-capable product family, the new VxScaler module provides high
quality up conversion and down conversion, allowing for simultaneous HD/SD output from a single box. VxScaler is being showcased at
IBC 2005 on stand 3.307.

“Matrox has developed a truly exceptional platform for our broadcast graphics systems – the DSX continues to deliver the features,
performance, and reliability our customers expect,” said Darin Crosby, VertigoXmedia executive vice president. “We’re excited to break
new ground in graphics production with the integrated VxScaler cross converter, another industry first that highlights the power of the
Matrox DSX platform.”

About Matrox DSX
Matrox DSX is a family of HD and SD video and audio components designed to allow OEMs and developers to create a wide variety of
cost-effective products and applications including NLE systems, capture/playout servers, character generators, clip and still stores,
graphics/production servers, automation and master control units, multi-layer compositors, and CATV barker channels. Matrox DSX
combines codec and effects technologies and a full range of professional hardware components with a comprehensive Windows XPbased

Key features of the Matrox DSX platforms
· Modular 10-bit architecture gives developers the flexibility to meet technical and price targets
· Full range of HD and SD audio and video I/Os
· Simultaneous input and output of different video standards in HD and SD
· Multi-format SD codec support in software – DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, D10, MPEG-2, 8- and 10-bit uncompressed
· Multi-format HD codec support in software – MPEG-2 at online and offline bit rates, 8- and 10-bit uncompressed
· Exploits CPU power to perform software effects on multiple streams in real time
· Infinite layer 10-bit compositing
· Professional realtime effects including color correction, chroma/luma keying, graphics overlay, smooth speed changes
· GPU co-processor for realtime 3D effects
· Key input and output support
· Multiple board support in a single chassis
· SDK based on the mature DigiSuite platform which has been used on-air by broadcasters worldwide for more than 8 years
· Application development support by a team of dedicated, experienced engineers

About VertigoXG and VxScaler
The VertigoXG is VertigoXmedia’s full-featured graphics system that provides unsurpassed graphics rendering and playback performance
in HD in a single- or dual-channel configuration, with or without HD clip playback. Authoring is performed in Xstudio, an intuitive tool for
creating data-driven, templated broadcast graphics in HD and SD by simply dragging and dropping from a customizable library of
common broadcast elements such as lower thirds and OTS.

The new VxScaler module uses a three-step process that includes motion estimation, de-interlacing, and scaling – all performed at 10-
bit YUV 4:2:2 to produce the highest quality conversion. With VxScaler installed, the VertigoXG can downconvert an HD source to SD,
upconvert SD to HD, capture an SD source as an HD clip for inclusion in an HD project, and capture an HD source as a clip in SD or a
different standard.

About VertigoXmedia
VertigoXmedia is an innovator in the field of graphics automation solutions for broadcast television, cable, and digital signage. The
company’s products significantly streamline the graphics production workflow by offering the ability to automatically capture and control live
data, create corresponding data-driven graphics, and deliver professional, realtime graphics to multiple output channels. VertigoXmedia also
offers creative design, integration, and consulting services. VertigoXmedia’s products and services have been used by many of the
world’s leading broadcasters, including CBS, CNBC, CNN, ESPN, FOX, NBC, Time Warner Cable, CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV, Global
Television, and others around the world. For more information visit

About Matrox
Matrox Video Products Group is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for
realtime editing, DVD authoring, capture/playout servers, clip/still stores, and CGs. Matrox's Emmy award-winning technology powers
a full range of content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, post-production facilities, project studios, corporate
communicators, and videographers worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal,
Canada. For more information visit


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