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Martin adds video engine using latest codec to Maxdia 4 RC

Maxedia 4 RC is the latest software update for Martin’s user-friendly Maxedia high performance media server. The final release of Maxedia 4 will take place later in 2009. The new software features a host of improvements including an entirely new video engine using the latest high-performance professional video codec. The new video engine is optimized to play multiple Full HD 1080p H.264 MPEG-4/AVC MOV&AVI Codec.
Improvements of Maxedia 4 include support for H.264 MPEG-4/AVC MOV&AVI HD Professional Codec, pixel accurate video output, state-of-the-art video engine, support for ultra-widescreen, multi-screen keystoning and edge, blending, pixel mapping for RGB and CMY fixtures, support for Live HD-SDI capture video input, intuitive user interface, live diagnostic tool, CITP 1.1 protocol remote thumbnails, higher resolution support for Maxedia Pro and Maxedia Compact RM. Existing Maxedia owners can take advantage of a hardware upgrade program by contacting Martin with the serial number of the Maxedia system they wish to upgrade.
The delicate balance between fast codec and low compression codec can be difficult to find. H.264 MPEG-4/AVC is the only codec so far that can deliver high quality video while maintaining a decent file size.
Maxedia 4’s pixel accurate video engine ensures that video is reproduced in its exact format. Video played in its original resolution will not have any artifact or a “block” look. Using the latest video cards and new multi-core processors, the new video engine is capable of playing up to eight full HD 1080p at the same time without frame drop. Maxedia 4 is capable of running two separate video engines simultaneously and a total of 20 layers can be active at the same time. Each layer can display videos, 3D animations, graphic effects, sound-to-video effects and more. Maxedia 4 supports screen resolutions up to 3840 X 1024 per output making it ideal for multi-screen projections or even extra large LED displays.
Each Maxedia 4 engine has its own screen keystoning, warping and edge blending settings. This allows corrections needed to fix parallax, alignment, distortion, or size on the projection surface. Furthermore, one Maxedia output can be split up into three distinct outputs using the Matrox TripleHead2Go device, and each of the three outputs can be individually keystoned and edge blended.
The Maxedia 4 pixel mapping engine can control a multitude of fixture types from RGB to dimmer and can even take control of the CMY color mixing of moving heads while other parameters remain on the external DMX controller.
Maxedia Broadcast now supports the BlackMagic HD-SDI video port for high quality/low latency video capture up to 1080i, 720p Live HD-SDI.
The Maxedia 4 video engine comes with a diagnostic tool that shows how much CPU/GPU is used. This can help to troubleshoot video files using bad codecs or to see how many video files can be played at the same time before reaching system limits.
Used to exchange thumbnail information between a media server and lighting console, Maxedia 4 makes use of the CITP protocol and is fully compatible with Maxxyz 2.4 and higher. Along with the new Maxedia 4 engine comes a new level of video resolution for Maxedia Pro at Full HD and Maxedia Compact RM at HD.
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