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Matrox Morphis Frame Grabbers

Versatile, Cost-Effective, Analog Peripheral Boards


matrox morphis frame grabbers

Matrox Morphis is a cost-effective peripheral board that features a dual or quad decoder design for fast camera switching or simultaneous acquisition of up to four live video streams, and includes real-time JPEG2000 compression/decompression.

Matrox Morphis is a family of cost-effective peripheral boards based on a truly versatile design.  As a frame grabber board, the Matrox Morphis is ideal for video surveillance applications that require sequential capture from multiple standard sources with  minimum latency. A modular design and simple standard connections provide additional flexibility and cost savings for video  surveillance applications that require a scalable number of inputs. A real-time standard image compression and decompression accelerator for video archiving and/or transmission further qualifies Matrox Morphis for video surveillance applications. As an image compression and decompression board, Matrox Morphis is perfectly adapted for standard medical image archiving and


Note: This is a Legacy Product and not recommended for new projects.

Morphis FeaturesDual/Quad Video DecoderReal-time JPEG2000AcquisitionOrder Morphis

Morphis Features

  • PCIe® x1, PCI(-X2) or PCI-104 form factor
  • captures from NTSC, PAL, RS-170 and CCIR video sources
  • dual/quad video decoder architecture for ultra-fast channel switching connect and switch between up to 16 CVBS, up to 8 Y/C or a combination of inputs
  • two trigger inputs1
  • real-time JPEG2000 image compression and decompression1
  • 16 TTL auxiliary I/Os and RS-485 serial interface
  • watchdog timer for monitoring overall system integrity
  • programmed using Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) sold separately
  • supports 32-bit Windows® XP, 32/64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10 and 32/64-bit Linux®2 through MIL

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Dual/ Quad Video Decoder Architecture

An elaborate and finely tuned design featuring up to four video decoders working in tandem enables Matrox Morphis to rapidly switch between multiple video sources for sequential capture. The design also allows for the simultaneous capture from up to four independent standard video sources. A large dedicated buffer guarantees reliable image capture to the on-board compression accelerator or the host PC, including display. Moreover, video images can be formatted in real-time during capture. Formatting features include cropping (ROI), horizontal and/or vertical flipping and subsampling.

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Real-time JPEG2000

matrox morphis frame grabbers

Matrox Morphis integrates a hardware accelerator for JPEG2000 image compression and decompression. JPEG2000 is an industry standard from the Joint Photographic Experts Group for wavelet-based compression and decompression. This new standard was developed to provide a superior compression ratio without compromising quality, or superior quality at a given compression ratio when compared to conventional JPEG. An intricate algorithm makes JPEG2000 computationally intensive, so hardware acceleration is required for real-time performance at typical video rates. For video surveillance applications, the JPEG2000 hardware accelerator can handle up to two standard video streams, whether monochrome or color, in lossy or lossless mode. It can also handle high resolution monochrome formats with high dynamic range found in medical imaging applications.



  • Analog composite (CVBS) or Y/C NTSC/PAL
  • Analog RS-170/CCIR
  • Dual/quad video decoder video architecture for
    – ultra-fast switching between multiple video sources
    – simultaneous capture from two/four independent
  • Video sources
  • Square pixel digitization
  • Input cropping (ROI capture)
  • Horizontal and/or vertical flip
  • Subsampling to 1/16th of a field or frame
  • Controllable automatic gain control  (freeze with manual adjust)
  • BGR32 packed, BGR24 packed, RGB planar, YUV422 packed and MONO8 pixel formats
  • Opto-isolated trigger inputs (synchronized to video) 1, 5
  • Connect up to 16 CVBS or 8 Y/C or combination

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Matrox Morphis Frame Grabber Models

matrox morphis frame grabbers

Series/Family Name Part Number Desciption Data Sheet


MOR4VDE/84/R2 Second release Matrox Morphis Quad standard analog color/monochrome PCIe x1 frame
grabber with four video decoders. Video input through BNC connectors.


MOR4VDE/84* Standard analog color/monochrome PCIe x1 frame grabber with four video decoders. Video input through BNC connectors. PDF


MOR2VDE/84* Standard analog color/monochrome PCIe x1 frame grabber with two video decoders. Video input through BNC connectors. PDF

Matrox Morphis Accessories

Accessory Family Part Number Description
Matrox Morphis MOR-4COMP* Add-on module for 4 additional CVBS inputs.  Not for use with MOR/J2K and MOR2JKE. Legacy Product.
Matrox Morphis MOR-IO* Add on module for 12 additional CVBS inputs or 6 Y/C, 16 TTL I/Os and RS-485 serial port. Legacy Product.
Matrox Morphis HD-44M-18BNC* Analog Cable, 3′ or 0.9M cable, DBHD-44 to 18BNC for MOR…/HD. Legacy Product.
Matrox Morphis HD-44M-18BNC+* Analog Cable, 3′ or 0.9M cable, DBHD-44 to 18BNC for MOR+. Legacy Product.
Matrox Morphis QxT MORQ-I/O* Add-on module for 32 TTL I/Os. Legacy Product.
Matrox Morphis QxT HD-44M-18BNC* Analog Cable, 3′ or 0.9M, DBHD-44 tp 18 BNC.   Legacy Product.
Matrox Frame Grabber Software MIL  Software needed for Matrox frame grabbers

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