Matrox has released Matrox Mojito MAX, an SDI/HDMI/analog HD/SD video and professional audio I/O card that includes an onboard H.264 encoding accelerator.

Matrox says that Matrox Mojito MAX provides broadcast-quality input and output for leading editing apps including Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium, Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Pro X, as well as the new Avid Media Composer® 6, it also lets users deliver H.264 files for the web, mobile devices, and Blu-ray up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. Other important features packed into this ¾-length PCIe card include 10-bit hardware scaling and inexpensive HD monitoring with the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility.

"The time-saving benefits of our unique MAX H.264 accelerator have been long appreciated by users of our portable MXO2 I/O devices, but many customers have been asking for an economical card for Mac Pro® and PC workstations that can do the same job," said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox. "Mojito MAX nicely addresses the need for a single-slot card with SDI, HDMI, and analog I/O plus H.264 encoding speed and quality — all at a breakthrough price point."

Matrox Mojito MAX costs £749 plus VAT/€799/US$995. The Matrox Mojito MAX kit includes the card plus a complete video/audio I/O breakout cable and an HDMI cable.