Matrox has launched the MXO2 Mini, a new smaller version of its MXO2 external video capture and playback device. It can be used with Mac and PC laptop and desktop systems to allow video capture and output in video post-production applications including Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, and more.

The MX02 Mini provides capture and playback of high definition video via HDMI and analog component; or PAL and NTSC via analog component S-Video, and composite. Users can convert standard definition videos to high definition, or vice versa, while capturing or playing out, using the MXO2 Mini's dedicated hardware scaler.

Matrox says that the MXO2 Mini turns an inexpensive HDMI screen into a professional-grade video monitor, which can be configured correctly using a colour calibration tool. It's also designed to make it easier to edit AVCHD footage by capturing into an edit-friendly compressed or uncompressed format.

The box offers 10-bit hardware scaling engine for real-time video upscaling, downscaling, and cross conversion on capture and playback. It has stereo RCA and up to eight channels of HDMI audio input and output, with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound monitoring on the HDMI output.

The MXO2 Mini costs £338/€372/US$449 and will ship in May. All prices are exclusive of VAT or other local taxes.

The device also supports Matrox's Max technology for faster than realtime high-definition H.264 file creation, says Matrox. Max, which was announced at the same time, also works with Matrox's MX02 and MX02 Rack hardware.

The MX02 Mini with the Max option costs £644/€758/$849. The MXO2 with Max is priced at £1,495/€1,695/$1,995. The Matrox MXO2 Rack with MAX costs £1,749/€1,995/$2,395. All prices are exclusive of VAT or other local taxes.