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MOTU HD Express Video Interface

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MOTU HD Express

For those seeking a HD audio-visual capture and monitoring device, the MOTU HD Express may be just what the doctor ordered. The interface connects to a computer via ExpressCard slot, which then connects to the interface via HDMI cable. 

In addition to a handy HDMI input and output, which are used to capture and monitor video and eight embedded audio channels, the HD Express supports two industry standard programs: Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere CS5. The HDMI connectivity is especially convenient here, as users can directly connect their HDMI-equipped camera to capture video straight from the sensor before any processing or recording occurs. With the HDMI out, users can effectively monitor via any HDMI-equipped flat-panel monitor or projector. 

Tired of compression delays? Welcome to the club. Thankfully, the HD Express aims to expedite this process by importing any video directly as the supported codec. Simply select the desired codec for any video captured with the interface and the HD Express will configure it for monitoring support. This effectively eliminates the time it takes to wrap files, mix them down, then reconvert them later.

In addition to HDMI, the HD Express also features a S/PDIF input and output, stereo RCA input, eight RCA outputs, and supports all standard sample rates extending from 44.1 to 96kHz. 

HD Express Features

  • Connects to a Mac or PC laptop via ExpressCard for ultra-fast operation
  • Comprehensive video capture & monitoring--supports all standard SD and HD video formats up to and including 1080p30 (720p, 1080i, 1080p & 1080PsF)
  • Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD--10-bit 4:2:2 color depth and 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Support for ProRes and other popular codecs--capture and monitor full-raster (1920 x 1080 or 1280 x 720) Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ, or other popular host-based codecs supported by Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Support for file-based workflows--lets you capture, edit and monitor in any codec supported natively in Final Cut, including XDCAM, P2, AVC Intra, DVCPRO and others with no transcoding needed
  • Broadcast quality--10-bit 4:2:2 signal path throughout
  • Comprehensive audio--capture 8 channels of embedded HDMI audio. Play back stereo, 5.1, or even 7.1 surround sound directly to powered speakers. Connect speakers, a home theater amp or an audio mixer and monitor your mix in stereo or full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound. Also provides S/PDIF digital I/O with sample-rate conversion
  • Supports 12 channels of simultaneous audio input and 16 channels of simultaneous audio output
  • Front-panel 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated volume control
  • Half rack space form factor with dedicated connectors--no cable swapping or gangly, inconvenient breakout cables. Includes rack mounting brackets
  • Operating System: Mac OS X
  • (Coming soon: Windows 7 / Vista / XP)

Minimum System Requirements

  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 2 GB or more is recommended
  • Available ExpressCard x1 slot
  • Large hard disk drive (preferably at least 500 GB)
  • CD-ROM disc drive for installation

For Mac OS X:

  • Multi-processor or multi-core Intel Mac
  • Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later
  • For use with Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or later; Final Cut Pro 7.0 or later is recommended under Mac OS X v10.6

For Windows:

  • Available soon as free download
  • Software Supported: Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 or higher on Mac OS X
  • (Coming soon: Adobe Premiere Pro 4.0.1 or higher on Windows 7 / Vista / XP)
  • Drivers: Supports CoreAudio driver
  • (Coming soon: support for Wave and ASIO drivers)

Video Input/Output

  • 1x HDMI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit, YCbCr, or RGB)
  • 1x DVI output with HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately)
  • 1x HD/SD component in and out (10-bit, YPbPr, or RGB) on 3x RCAs
  • 1x composite in (10-bit) on RCA
  • 1x S-Video in (10-bit) on 4-pin mini-DIN
  • 1x composite in and out (10-bit CVBS) on shared RCA
  • 1x S-Video in and out (10-bit Y/C) on shared RCA
  • Video Formats: SD: 576i25 (PAL), 486i29.97 (NTSC)
  • HD: 720p23.976, 720p24, 720p25, 720p29.97, 720p30, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080p23.976, 1080p24, 1080p25, 1080p29.97, 1080p30, 1080PsF23.976, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080PsF29.97, 1080PsF30, 1080i25, 1080i29.97, 1080i30

Audio Input/Output

  • 8x RCA analog outputs
  • 2x RCA analog input
  • 2x S/PDIF digital input and output with sample rate conversion
  • 8x HDMI embedded audio in and out
  • Sample Rates: Supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96 kHz
  • Headphone Jack: 1/4" w/ volume knob; matches analog outputs 1-2 on rear panel


  • Rack Height: With rack ears attached, fits in one-half of a standard 19 inch (48.3 cm) rack at 1U high
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): Excluding rack ears, knobs & connectors: 1.75 x 8.6 x 7" (4.4 x 21.9 x 17.8 cm)
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