Motu HD Express HDMI

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Turn your laptop or desktop computer into a video editing workstation able to capture and monitor broacast quality HD and SD video.
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The HD Express HDMI opens your Mac or Windows computer to the world of HDMI video, the next-generation digital video connectivity standard found on today's latest HD cameras, monitors and set top boxes. HDMI supports full-raster, pixel-for-pixel digital clarity with no video compression, resulting in stunning image quality and color depth that far surpasses highly-compressed workflows based on DV, HDV, AVC and similar capture codecs. In fact, on many of today's cameras, HDMI output streams directly from a cameras image sensor, bypassing the compression chip, allowing the HD Express HDMI to deliver an absolutely pristine, uncompressed HD digital video signal straight from the camera's imager to your computer.

If you require the best-possible image quality, you can work with uncompressed HD and use the money you save on the HD Express HDMI for other system components required for uncompressed HD, such as fast storage. Or, if you prefer to edit more conveniently at a lower data rate, you can choose Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ or the codec of your choice in Apple Final Cut Pro for maximum CPU efficiency and smooth editing. In Premiere Pro on Windows, you can choose among several popular codecs, including DVCProHD. By choosing a codec directly supported by your host, you eliminate unnecessary extra stages of compression and decompression, which produces maximum CPU efficiency and smooth editing.

To monitor your work with the best possible image quality, connect the HD Express HDMI output to your favorite affordable plasma, LCD monitor or projector via HDMI or DVI (DVI adapter sold separately). The HD Express HDMI provides all the legacy analog video connectors you need for capturing and monitoring component HD/SD, composite and S-Video in 10-bit 4:2:2 broadcast quality PAL or NTSC. The HD Express HDMI captures and plays all eight channels of embedded HDMI audio, and it even provides eight channels of analog audio output on convenient RCA jacks, which you can connect directly to powered speakers for full 5.1 or 7.1 surround audio monitoring. S/PDIF digital I/O is also provided.

Do you require high-performance desktop operation? The HD Express HDMI is available with PCI Express card connectivity for todays ultra-fast, multi-core Mac and PC towers. Need to go mobile? The HD Express HDMI is also available with an ExpressCard adapter for any current-generation Mac or Windows laptop equipped with an ExpressCard slot.

From initial capture to final finishing, the HD Express HDMI delivers exceptional video I/O performance and quality.

New Avid Compatibilities!

The HDX-SDI and HD Express, MOTU's PCIe video capture and monitoring devices for Mac and Windows, now support Avid Media Composer 6, thanks to Avid's new Open I/O SDK. The result of a development partnership between MOTU and Avid, both MOTU video interface products are now compatible with and fully certified for Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, and NewsCutter 10, offering Avid users comprehensive, economical, broadcast-quality video capture and monitoring for a wide range of workflows.

'MOTU is thrilled to be one of a select few hardware partners chosen by Avid to offer i/o solutions for Media Composer, Symphony, and NewsCutter,' said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. 'MOTU PCI video interfaces offer broadcast-quality HD/SD video capture and monitoring, along with unsurpassed multi-channel audio and synchronization features, to Avid users in an economical, rack-mountable form factor.'

'Our customers have asked us for choice, flexibility, and openness, and Avid is excited to deliver support for MOTU interfaces thanks to Avid Open I/O in version 6 of the Media Composer family, including Symphony and NewsCutter. MOTU provide high quality video and audio interfaces that are ideally suited to Avids professional users,' said Angus Mackay, pro video marketing manager, Avid Technology.

The HDX-SDI and HD Express deliver uncompressed, full-raster 1080/720 HD or SD video to and from Media Composer 6, Symphony, or NewsCutter, allowing users to capture and play HD/SD material using any video format supported by Media Composer and Avid Media Access, such as XDCAM, DNxHD, and ProRes.

With the full rack-space HDX-SDI, users can capture any uncompressed SDI, HDMI, or component HD/SD source and then edit in their Avid-supported codec of choice, while monitoring their Media Composer timeline on external SDI, HDMI and/or component monitors. The half-rack HD Express provides all the same video I/O features for users who don't need SDI. Both interfaces offer comprehensive multi-channel audio capture, monitoring, embedding/de-embedding, and more.

MOTU PCI video interfaces are the ideal economical, all-in-one video capture solutions for Media Composer 6 workflows.

HDX-SDI and HD Express drivers for Avid-qualified Media Composer 6 Mac and Windows systems will soon be available for download at for updates.

  • Chassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 8.625 x 7 x 1.75 inches (22 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 in one-half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high, when attached to another MOTU unit with the same half-rack form factor.

  • Feature highlights

    HDMI® video capture and monitoring for Mac & PC — Capture uncompressed-quality, digital HD from HDMI-equipped camcorders. Monitor pixel for pixel on today’s latest plasma and LCD screens.

    Analog video I/O — Capture and monitor component HD or SD, plus composite and S-Video (NTSC or PAL).

    Tower or laptop operation — connects to a Mac or PC tower via PCI Express for ultra-fast operation, or connect to a laptop via ExpressCard connectivity for mobile operation.

    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 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.

    Comprehensive audio — Capture 8 channels of embedded HDMI audio. Play back stereo, 5.1 or even 7.1 surround sound directly to powered speakers. Connect speakers, a home theater amp or an audio mixer and monitor your mix in stereo or full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Also provides S/PDIF digital I/O with sample rate conversion.

    Half rack space form factor with dedicated connectors — no cable swapping or gangly, inconvenient breakout cables. Includes rack mounting brackets.


    Video I/O

    The HD Express provides broadcast quality, 10-bit 4:2:2 video capture and monitoring.


    The front panel provides convenient inputs for legacy SD capture and full 10-bit uncompressed HDMI® capture from today's latest HD camcorders.



    The component section provides both RGB and YPbPr, but they can alternatively serve as CVBS (composite) in/out or even Y/C (S-Video) in/out.


    1 x HDMI® in and out (4:2:2 10-bit, YCbCr or RGB)

    Support for DVI output with HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately)

    1 x HD/SD component in and out (10-bit, YPbPr or RGB) on RCAs

    1 x composite in (10-bit) on RCA

    1 x S-Video in (10-bit) on 4-pin mini-DIN

    1 x composite in and out (10-bit CVBS) on shared RCA

    1 x S-Video in and out (10-bit Y/C) on shared RCA

  • SpecificationsMac/WinSupports Avid Media Composer 6.5 on Mac OS X and Windows 8/7/Vista (no current support for versions of Media Composer later than 6.5)Supports Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or 7.x on Mac OS X (no current support for versions of Final Cut later than 7.x)Supports Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 on Windows 8/7/Vista (no current support for versions of Premiere Pro later than CS5.5)Supports Core Audio, Wave, and ASIO driversChassis dimensions, excluding rack ears and front and back panel knobs and connectors: 8.625 7 1.75 inches (22 17.78 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 in one-half of a standard 19 inch (48.26 cm) rack at 1U high, when attached to another MOTU unit with the same half-rack form factor.Check here for the complete Windows installer package. This download contains everything you need to run the HD Express with Premiere Pro on Windows.
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