Matrox will release an update to its MXO video output hardware for Apple's Final Cut Pro in May that's designed to remove the need for editors to use pricey HD monitors. It adds tools such as monitor calibration for LCD displays such as Apple's Cinema Display, that are designed so that editors can use these relatively inexpensive models instead.

The MXO 2.0 software offers DVI monitor calibration – including hue, chroma, contrast, brightness, and blue-only adjustments. It features super black and super white monitoring, pixel-to-pixel mapping, and a 'virtual bezel' on the DVI display.

The upgrade adds support for HD editing resolutions including 1080p at 23.98, 25, and 29.97fps; and 720p at 25 and 50 fps. It can also output video at 1024-x-768 at 59.94fps for use with smaller LCD displays.

Other new functions include region-of-interest output selection in Presentation Mode, and support for Adobe's forthcoming Premiere Pro CS3 and Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 'Leopard'.

The upgrade will be freely downloadable in May for current owners of MXO. New units cost £619 plus VAT.