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Matrox have followed the lead of Blackmagic Design and AJA by releasing FCPX beta drivers for their products. We were only playing with the software two days ago...

At BVE Expo in London this week we got to play with FCPX and a Matrox MXO2 with the unit outputting to a broadcast monitor. Now Matrox have released the FCPX enabling software upgrade as a public beta. The unit seemed to work well with just a bit of cut lag, the skimming was good when it worked, being slightly temperamental. Remember this is a beta working with beta software from Apple.

Hot off the press, here is the Matrox info:

Matrox is pleased to provide a preview release of Matrox MXO2/Mojito MAX 3.0.1 for use with Apple FCP X 10.0.3 and Compressor software on Mac OS.

This beta release provides professional monitoring capabilities while editing with Apple Final Cut Pro X and encoding video in Apple Compressor using the Matrox MAX H.264 codec.

Important: This software is provided as is. We recommend that you back up your system before installing new software and we do not recommend that you update your MXO2/Mojito MAX software if you are in the middle of a project. Please report all of your findings (positive or negative) to the special section on the MXO2 web forum. Your feedback is important.

Tech Support will be handled through this dedicated forum section of our user forum; no phone support will be available until the final release is available to the public.

These beta drivers available here, will only work and install in conjunction with Apple FCP X 10.0.3 software. No other version of Apple FCP X will work with these drivers. If you do not have Apple FCP X 10.0.3, then you do not need to download and install these drivers.

We recommend all FCP X users upgrade to FCP X 10.0.3 before installing the Matrox Utilities 3.0.1 driver version.

Limitations and important information:

- This beta release does not support a Matrox CompressHD card installed on the same system as your MXO2 product.

- In the Playback pane of FCP X, set Playback Quality to High Quality. However, if you experience dropped frames in your video output, select Better Performance.

- Switching (ALT+TABBING) between applications that use the MXO2 hardware is not supported with this beta release. Therefore, if you're working in Final Cut Pro X, you must close it before opening Compressor.

- The predefined High-Quality Matrox MAX H.264 settings, and hardware scaling are not supported in this beta release. When creating a custom setting, ensure that the Hardware scaling option is disabled before encoding your video.

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