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Matrox Thunderbolt Adapter

Plus Details About FCP X and Matrox Broadcast Monitoring By Heath McKnight

Matrox recently released their Thunderbolt adapter, which can be purchased at their site, or added to your order of one of their devices, like the MXO2 boxes. This is a significant little box, because you can use a MXO2 device with a Mac that doesn't have a PCI Express card slot or ExpressCard/34 slot by connecting the adapter to your Mac and the MXO2 box. I'll also talk briefly about Matrox's new software update allowing their devices to offer broadcast monitoring with the latest update of Final Cut Pro X.

Many Apple-based editors, be it Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or Premiere Pro,have wanted to step up to the MXO2 devices, such as the excellent MXO2 Mini, which allows you to capture analog video, convert clips, provide an affordable and professional broadcasting solution, edit with uncompressed clips, and much more.

The problem has been with connecting the devices to a Mac; if you didn't have a Mac Pro with an available PCI Express card slot or a 17-inch MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot, you couldn't use the device. But when Apple and Intel unveiled their excellent new Thunderbolt technology in early 2011, things changed, big time. The 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) connection is extremely fast, and is built into most of Apple's new computers.


This is where Matrox's Thunderbolt adapter comes into play. You connect a Thunderbolt cable to the adapter, then connect the host port to a special cable that's attached to the MXO2 device, in my case, the MXO2 Mini, and you're in business. You'll also need to download the latest drivers, to ensure you're up-to-date on what Matrox has available. I'm using a Mac Mini and had no problems with the MXO2 Mini to capture some old BetaSP footage and work with it in both Final Cut Pro X and version 7.

Broadcast Monitoring With Final Cut Pro X and Matrox

I wanted to touch upon this briefly, and I'll have a more extensive look in the near future. In late January, I spoke to Apple's Richard Townhill about the latest Final Cut Pro X update, 10.0.3 (read the full article here:,

and among the newest features is the broadcast monitoring feature, currently in beta, using the latest PCI-e technology, Thunderbolt-enabled devices and more. Matrox has recently released a software update allowing their devices to offer broadcast monitoring solutions with FCP X 10.0.3. You can find out more here: Again, I'll have a more extensive look at this new feature very soon.


With the new Matrox Thunderbolt adapter, you can connect an MXO2 device to any of your Macs that have a Thunderbolt port, virtually all of them, so you can take advantage of the features found within the MXO2 family of products. All without having to buy a 17-inch MacBook Pro, with an ExpressCard/34 slot, or a Mac Pro, with PCI-express. Find out more at

The Macs that have Thunderbolt built in include the MacBook Pro and Air line, along with their iMac and Mac Mini set of computes. If and when Apple upgrades their Mac Pro line, it's expected Thunderbolt will be added.

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Heath McKnight is a filmmaker and author who has produced and directed several independent feature and short films, including Hellevator, 9:04 AM and December. He is currently web content manager for doddleNEWS. Heath was also a contributor to VASST's best-selling book, "The FullHD," and has written for TopTenREVIEWS and Videomaker.

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