Matrox has unveiled the Matrox M264 S4: The World’s Only Four-Channel 4Kp60 XAVC Codec Card

The Matrox M264 S4 provides unprecedented H.264 4:2:2 10-bit encoding and decoding of up to four 4Kp60 channels in PC-based broadcast contribution, production, or distribution systems. Supporting 4K Sony® XAVC and Panasonic® AVC-ULTRA encoding/decoding in a single-slot card the new card enables high-density, multi-channel 4K workflows .

Combined with onboard de-interlacing and scaling functionality, the Matrox M264 S4 card provides a simple, cost-effective means of managing computationally demanding 4:2:2 10-bit and 4:2:0 8-bit workflows. Broadcast OEMs can now deliver exceptional encode/decode performance using standard, PC-based solutions to enable multi-channel broadcast contribution, distribution, and production systems such as video servers, IP multi-viewers, media encoders, transcoders, render farms, and more.

Designed specifically for high-density and pristine-quality, H.264-based encoding/decoding (Baseline Profile to High 10 Intra Profile up to Level 5.2), the Matrox M264 S4 card provides XAVC-certified and AVC-ULTRA-compliant presets. The Matrox M264 S4 card can encode/decode up to four 4Kp50/60 streams of XAVC 4K Intra Class 300/480, XAVC 4K Long 4:2:2, or AVC-ULTRA in real-time with zero CPU usage—while the highest-end multi-socket PCs struggle to achieve just one real-time encode. The M264 S4 card can also encode/decode up to four streams of 4Kp60 at 4:2:2 10-bit, 40 streams of HD Long GOP at 4:2:2 10-bit, or 64 streams of HD at 4:2:0 8-bit, with ultra-low power consumption, in the smallest footprint.

The Matrox M264 S4 card is supported by the field-proven Matrox DSX SDK, which boasts an extensive set of powerful media processing modules—including file input/output (I/O), software codecs, and CPU effects—for rapid application and system development. The M264 family of codec cards also provides plug-ins for H.264 transcode acceleration into the FFMPEG framework.

Matrox’s Senior director of sales and marketing, Alberto Cieri commented:

“The Matrox M264 S4 codec card, like its predecessors, provides cutting-edge, Sony-certified, 4K XAVC support… As the demand for 4K continues to rise, the Matrox M264 family is equipped to meet and exceed every encoding and decoding stress test with ease, making them the de-facto choice for PC-based, multi-channel 4K/HD solutions including video servers, production servers, and more.”

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