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Mfr PN: 4110
Our PN: MOTN5010005
Manufacturer: Motu
Platform(s): Mac & Win

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Quick Overview

Add comprehensive, professional video capture and monitoring to your Mac or Windows computer with support for uncompressed HD and SD, Apple ProRes, and many other popular workflows. Comes with ExpressCard 34 laptop adapter.



Manufacturer Part Number: 4110

With the blazing speed of PCI Express, the HDX-SDI video interface turns your Mac or PC desktop or laptop computer into a powerful HD/SD video production workstation equipped with all the I/O you need. Connect any source, from SD camcorders to todays latest professional HD cameras, then log and capture HD or SD clips directly into your video editing software.

For the best-possible image quality, capture uncompressed video via HD-SDI or HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit color depth and full-raster 1920x1080 HD resolution. Many cameras feed their uncompressed SDI, HDMI or component output directly from the cameras optics and imager, before compression, for absolutely pristine picture quality during capture with the HDX-SDI.

If you prefer to edit more conveniently at a lower data rate, use Apple ProRes, ProRes HQ or the codec of your choice in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro. Because the HDX-SDI delivers 10-bit uncompressed video to the computer, you are not limited to a particular codec and are instead free to go with the host-based workflow of your choice, including many popular file-based formats now supported by todays video editing software.

By using a codec directly supported by your editing software, you eliminate unnecessary extra stages of compression and decompression for maximum CPU efficiency and smooth editing. As you edit, monitor your timeline with pixel-for-pixel accuracy on a large plasma screen via digital HDMI output, with color-corrected balance on an LCD reference monitor via HD-SDI output, or with the real-world look of a consumer display via analog HD or SD component, composite or S-Video output. Capture and monitor up to 16 channels of audio (analog, AES/EBU or embedded) at sample rates up to 96 kHz. Employ Sony 9-pin machine control for advanced Batch Capture and Edit to Tape operations. Keep everything frame-accurate using time code and video reference.

For high-performance desktop operation, the HDX-SDI provides PCI Express card connectivity for todays ultra-fast, multi-core Mac and PC towers. Need to go mobile? The HDX-SDI is also available with an ExpressCard adapter for any current-generation Mac or Windows laptop equipped with an ExpressCard slot.

From initial capture to final finishing, the HDX-SDI delivers exceptional video I/O performance and quality.

New Avid Compatibilities!

The HDX-SDI and HD Express, MOTU's PCIe video capture and monitoring devices for Mac and Windows, now support Avid Media Composer 6, thanks to Avid's new Open I/O SDK. The result of a development partnership between MOTU and Avid, both MOTU video interface products are now compatible with and fully certified for Media Composer 6, Symphony 6, and NewsCutter 10, offering Avid users comprehensive, economical, broadcast-quality video capture and monitoring for a wide range of workflows.

'MOTU is thrilled to be one of a select few hardware partners chosen by Avid to offer i/o solutions for Media Composer, Symphony, and NewsCutter,' said Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. 'MOTU PCI video interfaces offer broadcast-quality HD/SD video capture and monitoring, along with unsurpassed multi-channel audio and synchronization features, to Avid users in an economical, rack-mountable form factor.'

'Our customers have asked us for choice, flexibility, and openness, and Avid is excited to deliver support for MOTU interfaces thanks to Avid Open I/O in version 6 of the Media Composer family, including Symphony and NewsCutter. MOTU provide high quality video and audio interfaces that are ideally suited to Avids professional users,' said Angus Mackay, pro video marketing manager, Avid Technology.

The HDX-SDI and HD Express deliver uncompressed, full-raster 1080/720 HD or SD video to and from Media Composer 6, Symphony, or NewsCutter, allowing users to capture and play HD/SD material using any video format supported by Media Composer and Avid Media Access, such as XDCAM, DNxHD, and ProRes.

With the full rack-space HDX-SDI, users can capture any uncompressed SDI, HDMI, or component HD/SD source and then edit in their Avid-supported codec of choice, while monitoring their Media Composer timeline on external SDI, HDMI and/or component monitors. The half-rack HD Express provides all the same video I/O features for users who don't need SDI. Both interfaces offer comprehensive multi-channel audio capture, monitoring, embedding/de-embedding, and more.

MOTU PCI video interfaces are the ideal economical, all-in-one video capture solutions for Media Composer 6 workflows.

HDX-SDI and HD Express drivers for Avid-qualified Media Composer 6 Mac and Windows systems will soon be available for download at

Feature Highlights

  • Windows support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5
  • HD/SD PCI Express video interface for Mac and Windows
    • Provides HD and SD capture and playback for any current-generation PCI- or ExpressCard-equipped computer.
  • Tower or laptop operation
    • Connects to a Mac or PC tower via PCI Express for ultra-fast operation, or connects to a laptop via ExpressCard connectivity for mobile operation.
  • Comprehensive video capture and monitoring
    • Supports all standard SD and HD video formats up to and including 1080p30 (720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080PsF).
  • Cross-platform software support
    • Supports Apple Final Cut Pro on the Mac and Adobe Premiere Pro on Windows.
  • Captures and plays uncompressed HD and SD
    • 10-bit 4:2:2 color depth and 1920x1080 resolution.
  • Support for ProRes and other popular codecs
    • Capture and monitor full-raster (1920x1080 or 1280x720) 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 or Premiere, with no transcoding needed.
  • Broadcast quality
    • 10-bit 4:2:2 signal path throughout.
  • ASC CDL color grading
    • Provides flexible, industry-standard color adjustment with separate settings for capture and playback.
  • HDMI capture and monitoring
    • Provides both HDMI in and out.
  • Sync and machine control
    • Advanced sync features include time code, large front panel time code display, video ref input and 9-pin machine control.
  • Comprehensive audio
    • Capture or monitor up to 16 channels of audio via any two 8-channel banks of TRS analog, AES/EBU digital or embedded (SDI or HDMI) at sample rates up to 96kHz.
  • Single rack space form factor
    • Professional rack-mount operation, or remove the rack-mount brackets for convenient desktop use.
  • International operation
    • Auto-switching internal power supply with powersave mode.

Color Grading

Apply industry standard color adjustments to your video signal during either capture or monitoring. The HDX-SDI video console software provides separate color grading controls for capture and monitoring. In each case, ten parameters are provided and together determine the color transfer function, as defined by the American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List (ASC CDL) specification (version 1.2).


The HDX-SDI provides comprehensive video and audio synchronization features, including time code I/O, video ref with loop through, large front panel time code readout and RS-422 (Sony 9-pin) machine control. Synchronize your HDX-SDI system with reliable performance and fast lock-up times. Perform batch capture and edit/export to tape operations in Final Cut or Premiere with a 9-pin compatible camera or deck connected to the HDX-SDI.

  • Video reference in / thru
    • Resolve to blackburst, composite or HD Tri-level sync.
  • Time code in and out
    • Generate and resolve to time code in all formats, including LTC, VITC (SD analog), D-VITC (SD-SDI) and embedded (SD/HD-SDI).
  • RS-422 machine control
    • Control the transports of a connected camera or video deck from Final Cut or Premiere via standard 9-pin protocol.
  • Front panel time code display
    • Provides frame-accurate time code readout when converting or generating time code, or during playback from host software.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis
    • DSP-driven phase lock engine provides ultra-low jitter.

Workflow Overview

Regardless of whether you work with uncompressed, ProRes, DVCProHD, P2, AVC-Intra, XDCAM, HDV or maybe even just SD, the HDX-SDI can enhance your workflow. In fact, the HDX-SDI gives you the flexibility choose any host-based or file-based workflow that Final Cut or Premiere supports.

Using the HDX-SDI with Final Cut

  • Apple ProRes 422 standard and HQ
    • The HDX-SDI supports full-raster 1920 x 1080 HD capture and playback using Apple's ProRes 422 codec in both standard and HQ modes. Ingest any uncompressed SDI or component HD source and then capture and edit in ProRes while monitoring your ProRes timeline The HDX-SDI is the ideal all-in-one video capture solution for your Apple ProRes workflow.
  • Other workflows
    • Because it delivers uncompressed HD and SD video to and from the computer, the HDX-SDI also allows you to capture and play HD material using any full-raster video format supported by Final Cut Pro, such as XDCAM.
  • Designed for Final Cut Pro
    • Using the HDX-SDI with Final Cut Pro couldn't be easier. The HDX-SDI software installer provides Easy Setup presets, Sequence presets, Capture presets and Device Control presets to get you going quickly. In minutes, you'll be ready to log and capture, edit and monitor your project material.
  • Device control
    • The HDX-SDI takes full advantage of Final Cut Pro's device control features via Sony 9-pin device control for batch capture, print to video and edit to tape operations.
  • Audio I/O
    • The HDX-SDI provides up to 16 simultaneous channels of audio capture and playback with Final Cut Pro in any of three supported audio formats: analog, AES/EBU digital, and embedded (SDI and HDMI).

Using the HDX-SDI with Premiere Pro

  • Choose your workflow
    • The HDX-SDI allows you to capture any video source, either SD or HD, in any video format supported natively by Premiere Pro, including uncompressed HD, uncompressed SD (standard AVI clips), DV, AVC-Intra, DVCPro50, DVCProHD and others.
  • Take Premiere Pro on the road
    • The HDX-SDI is available for purchase with an ExpressCard34 adapter for connection to any ExpressCard-equipped PC laptop computer. The ExpressCard adapter handles video with the same speed and bandwidth as the PCI card adapter for tower computers, so you get as much video I/O performance as your laptop's CPU and storage performance allows.
  • Advanced features
    • Advanced features include an 'Export to Tape' feature that allows you to lay back clips, or an entire project, to a tape deck using the HDX-SDI's extensive machine control features. The HDX-SDI also supports Premiere Pro's Batch Capture features.
  • Windows support
    • The HDX-SDI supports both Windows XP and Windows Vista 32.

Video I/O

The SDI section supplies two mirrored outputs so that you can connect both a deck and a monitor simultaneously. The front panel provides convenient inputs for legacy SD capture and full 10-bit uncompressed HDMI capture from today's latest HD camcorders. The component section provides both RGB and YPbPr, but they can alternatively serve as CVBS (composite) in/out or even Y/C (S-Video) in/out.



Audio I/O

The HDX-SDI provides four 8-channel banks of audio input and output: analog, AES/EBU digital, SDI embedded and HDMI embedded. Up to two banks can be active at a time, giving you 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output. The front panel provides comprehensive audio activity LEDs, plus eight channels of assignable 4-segment input metering.

The HDX-SDI's unique bank of quarter-inch analog TRS connectors makes it a snap to connect cameras and a wide range of video and audio gear up to eight channels at a time. No other interface offers professional analog audio connectivity with this much convenience.

The HDX-SDI's stereo (BNC) AES/EBU digital audio input and output are continuously sample-rate converted. This means trouble-free digital audio transfers, regardless of clock source. Say goodbye to clicks, pops and headaches due to digital audio clocking issues.




  • 1 x HD/SD-SDI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit) on BNC connectors
  • 1 x extra HD/SD-SDI output BNC connector
  • 1 x HDMI in and out (4:2:2 10-bit, YCbCr or RGB)
  • Support for DVI output with HDMI-to-DVI adapter (sold separately)
  • 1 x HD/SD component in and out (10-bit, YPbPr or RGB) on BNCs
  • 1 x composite in (10-bit) on RCA
  • 1 x S-Video in (10-bit) on 4-pin mini-DIN
  • 1 x composite in and out (10-bit CVBS) on shared BNC
  • 1 x S-Video in and out (10-bit Y/C) on shared BNC
  • 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output
  • Supports all standard audio sample rates from 44.1 to 96kHz
  • 8 x quarter-inch TRS analog in and out via direct connection (no breakout cable)
  • 2 x RCA analog input on the front panel for SD Composite/S-Video capture
  • 2 x AES/EBU digital in and out on BNC connectors with sample rate conversion (SRC)
  • 8 x AES/EBU digital in and out on standard DB25 breakout cable (purchased separately)
  • 8 x HD/SD-SDI embedded audio in and out
  • 8 x HDMI embedded audio in and out
  • Front panel headphone jack with dedicated volume control
  • Front panel audio channel metering two 8-channel banks of status LEDs assignable to any 8-channel audio bank (analog, AES/EBU, or embedded) in or out

Video Formats

  • 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
  • SD
    • 576i25 (PAL)
    • 486i29.97 (NTSC)


  • 1 GB of RAM; 2 GB or more is recommended
  • Available PCI-Express x1 slot or ExpressCard/34 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:
    • Supports Adobe Premiere Pro 4.0.1 or higher on Windows 7/Vista/XP
    • Windows 7/Vista/XP


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