Matrox Convert DVI Plus

HD-SDI Scan Converter with Genlock and Region-of-Interest Support

Matrox Convert DVI Plus lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads, and iPhones into news programs. It is also the perfect appliance to drive projectors and large displays at live events and in houses of worship.

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Product Description

Matrox Convert DVI Plus  convert  computer content to broadcast video

Create broadcast-quality video from Mac and PC computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint, and web browsers. Use media players to play back videos stored on your computer. Read more


Genlock to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Use horizontal and vertical timing offset controls to align your video output relative to your external genlock source to compensate for cable delays within your facility.


Matrox Convert DVI Plus lets you output just the content in a region-of-interest at the broadcast resolution you need. Simply using your mouse, you can define any region of any size from your computer display. If the content you select doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The snap-to-window feature automatically generates and positions a region-of-interest over a particular image or window such as a YouTube video within a web page. Read more

Proc amp controls

Adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels of your output signal.

Stand-alone DVI to SDI converter mode

Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used with any progressive DVI device as your input source such as a medical or industrial camera, an iPad or iPhone, or a computer at any resolution. It’s a DVI to SDI converter. Once configured using the unit’s PC- or Mac-based user interface via a USB connection, the control computer can be disconnected.

Ideal for professional presentations

Thanks to its input detection feature, Matrox Convert DVI Plus is ideal for conference environments, where presenters come up to the podium with their laptops just a few minutes before their presentations. Regardless of the input resolution, Convert DVI Plus will automatically output at the desired, pre-programmed resolution.


Matrox Convert DVI Plus accepts your computer’s stereo audio output. The audio is routed to the RCA audio output of Convert DVI Plus for monitoring and is embedded into the SDI signal. Audio and video synchronization is maintained throughout the hardware processing chain.

Output analog and digital video simultaneously

Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides a full complement of outputs including HD/SD-SDI, HD/SD analog component, S-Video, and composite. Your choice of analog output and the SDI output are simultaneously live.

Many ways to monitor your output

In addition to its digital and analog outputs, the user interface of Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides a live preview window that can replace a cumbersome external preview monitor.

Feed a downstream keyer

Over-the-shoulder graphics for news programs and lower-thirds or score tickers for sports broadcasts are easy to create from computer content. You simply scale and position your content to appear exactly where you want it on your broadcast output using the live preview window. You select background key colors from a large palette including super-white and super-black.

Convert HDMI signals

Many newer computers and devices such as iPhones or iPads have HDMI outputs rather than DVI outputs. Matrox Convert DVI can be used with these devices via an HDMI to DVI adapter that you purchase separately. In the case of iPhones or iPads, you will also need an Apple Digital AV Adapter.

Overlay logos and graphics

The graphic overlay feature lets you add a custom logo or graphic to the Convert DVI Plus output. You can display any PNG or TGA file with alpha over a YouTube video, a Skype conversation, or a Google Earth map, for example.

Convert VGA (analog) signals

A/V professionals and broadcast engineers often need to work with laptops, notebooks, netbooks, and older computers as sources of video content. These devices may only have a VGA (analog) display output. Convert DVI Plus can be used in conjunction with Matrox DualHead2Go to convert VGA signals, not just DVI signals. Read more

Matrox Convert DVI Plus Technical Specifications

System requirements
System requirements
  • For additional configuration on the PC, Matrox Convert DVI requires a computer running Microsoft Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate (32- and 64- bit), or Windows 7 Home Premium (32- or 64-bit), or Windows XP Professional (32-bit) with Service Pack 3, one free USB 2.0 port.
  • For additional configuration on the Mac, Matrox Convert DVI requires a computer running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or Mac OS x 10.7 (Lion), one free USB 2.0 port.
  • In stand-alone mode, the only requirement is a DVI device which outputs a supported progressive DVI-I (Digital) signal.
DVI input and output DVI-I (Digital) single-link 29-pin female connector (1920 x 1200 @60FPS maximum resolution)
HDMI input and output Via DVI male to HDMI female adaptor (sold separately)
Supported video ouput formats
  • 720p 50/59.94
  • 1080i 25/29.97
SDTV SDI output
  • SD-SDI, YUV 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz
  • BNC connector (75 Ω)
  • Compliant with SMPTE 259M-C, SMPTE 272M
SDTV S-Video & composite video output
  • Frequency response: +/- 0.25 dB max to 5 MHz
  • 2T pulse response: 0.5% max
  • Diff. Gain and Diff. Phase: < 2%
  • BNC connectors (75 Ω)
SDTV analog component video output
  • Betacam, Betacam SP (NTSC & NTSC-EIAJ)
  • Frequency response Y: +/- 0.25 dB max to 5 MHz
  • Frequency response Pb, Pr: +/-0.2 dB max to 2 MHz
  • Component channel delay: +/- 3 ns
  • Component S/N (Y, Pb, Pr): > 54 dB, unified weighted
  • BNC connectors (75 Ω)
HDTV SDI output
  • HD-SDI, YUV 4:2:2 10-bit
  • 24-bit, 48 kHz
  • Compliant with SMPTE 292M, SMPTE 299M
  • BNC connector (75 Ω)
HDTV analog component video output Supported video formats:

  • 1080i 25 and 29.97, 720p 50 and 59.94
  • Compliant to EIA-770.3
  • Frequency response Y: +/- 0.3 dB max to 28 MHz
  • Frequency response Pb, Pr: +/- 0.4 dB max to 14 MHz
  • Component channel delay: +/- 0.5 ns
  • Component S/N (Y, Pb, Pr): > 57 dB, unified weighted
  • BNC connectors (75 Ω)
inputs 1/8″ stereo minijack
Digital output Up to 8 channels of embedded audio on SDI (4x stereo pair)
Analog output Unbalanced stereo RCA outputs
Reference input
  • SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level sync
  • BNC connector (75 Ω), terminated
  • Timing offset controls provided
Dedicated hardware scaler
  • Multi-tap 10-bit realtime processing
  • Horizontal and vertical downscaling and upscaling with proper color space and aspect ratio conversion
Dimensions 151mm (L) × 161mm (W) × 46mm (H)
Weight 458 grammes (unit only)
Regulatory class
  • FCC Class A, CE Mark Class A, C-Tick Mark, VCCI
  • RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC
Limited warranty and service 3-year limited warranty with free telephone support
Electrical and Operating Requirements
  • Unit voltage and amperage: 5V/3Amps
  • Total power consumption: 10 watts
  • Operating temperature: 0 to 40º C (32 to 104º F)
  • Storage temperature: –40 to 75º C (-40 to 167º F)
  • Maximum altitude for operation: 3,000 meters
  • Maximum altitude for transport: 12,000 meters
  • Operating humidity: 20 to 80% relative humidity (non-condensing)
  • Storage humidity: 5 to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)

Rackmount Kit Available

  • Available from PCW Microsystems, Inc.
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  • Supports standard EIA-310 C/D compliant 19″ 2-post racks or cabinets
  • Made from premium 14 gauge steel finished with silver industrial coating
  • Includes both 10-32 and 12-24 mounting screws
  • Supports two Matrox Convert DVI & Convert DVI Plus Units
  • Built-in conveniently located cable tie anchors
  • Occupies 1U rack space


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