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M|80 Bundle Hardware + Software (8 channels ingest, dongle incl.)

The M80 is a hardware & software bundle. Simply connect the M|80 box to one of the Thunderbolt 2 ports of the new Mac Pro and immediately start ingesting 8 HD channels at a cost significantly less than other multichannel ingest solutions using the MovieRecorder 3 software (8 licenses included).

MovieRecorder 3 captures video using a video device. Video clips captured using MovieRecorder can be edited during the actual ingest, making it very handy for live sports editing. Additionally you can schedule your recordings.

Product Description

Record 8 channels of HD on one Mac!

 Portable high-density capture device

  • 8 HD channels all-in-one box capture solution for your Mac
  • No transfer time needed (files are readily available)
  • Edit-while-ingest
  • Ideal for multicam live recording
  • Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD
  • Multiple codecs & destinations

Eight inputs can be recorded for later editing or thanks to MovieRecorder 3’s edit-while-ingest capability, edited on the fly.


  • The M80 bundle comprises the licenses for 8 ingest channels with MovieRecorder 3
  • a dongle (with the 8 licenses of MovieRecorder 3)
  • a Thunderbolt 2 expansion chassis
  • an 8 input Deltacast video card
  • 8 x BNC Female to DIN 1.0/2.3 RG-59 SDI Cable – 1′


There are 2 options with MovieRecorder 3: Pro codecs and Closed Captioning. These features are not yet available. When available, these options will be available on a “per computer” basis, you will thus need to order just one option per computer.


Serial numbers are not available with the M80. The price include the dongle with the 8 licences.


With the M80, the 8 MovieRecorder licenses are provided on a dongle (included), and can thus not be split on different computers. But if you want to run on the same computer for example a license of Multicam Logger, you can ask us to add it to the dongle. We can add up to 2 additional licenses on the dongle.

Device dimensions and weight (includes card)

  • Height: 2.82 inches (7.16 cm)
  • Width: 4 inches (10.16 cm)
  • Depth: 8.42 inches (21.39 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 pounds (1 Kg)

Shipping box dimensions and weight (includes all accessories)

  • Height: 8.5 inches (21.5 cm)
  • Width: 9 inches (23 cm)
  • Depth: 14.2 inches (36 cm)
  • Weight: 5.7 pounds (2.6 Kg)

Additional information

With the M|80, you can enjoy all the amazing features of MovieRecorder, in a certified hardware and software bundle. We have gathered what we think are the highest quality hardware components in order to ensure the best experience possible. Just connect the M|80 to your new Mac Pro, using a single Thunderbolt 2 cable, start MovieRecorder 3, and you are ready to start ingesting 8 streams of HD (or SD) on your Mac Pro!


Main features

The M|80 Bundle – All in!

The M|80 is the first hardware and software bundle that we provide. It includes:

You will just need to connect it in Thunderbolt and the dongle to your new Mac Pro and you are good to go. The only thing you’ll need to buy is a Mac Pro, because, no the Mac Pro is not included for the price…

A small and silent expansion chassis.

Softron has a lot of experience working with Sonnet and their xMac mini Servers and xMac Pro Server solutions. These are amazing products that have been put into service by a number of our users who require rack-mountable solutions. The Sonnet Echo Express SEL is the only Thunderbolt 2 device that is suitable for Low-Profile cards, making it the smallest yet most powerful solution to accommodate the Low-Profile Deltacast card that we chose for the M|80. As you can see in the picture above, you will notice notice that this chassis is very small – just like the new MacPro! AND most importantly, it is QUIET!

What about 2K and 4K?

  • With the M|80, you are able to record either:
    • 8 x HD (or SD)
    • 4 x 2K
    • 2 x 4K signals

System Requirements.

As usual, the system requirements will depend on the format and codec that you will be using, and we recommend that you run tests to confirm. You may want to check the requirements tab on the MovieRecorder page.

Note also that you may want to check the Thunderbolt bandwidth limitation, as for example in 1080i59.94, you can not work with 8 channels in 10-bit, you can maximum do 6 channels in 10-bit and 2 channels in 8-bit. In 1080i50 or 720p60 for example, there is no problem, it all depends on the format and sample size you require.

The M|Case – Made for portability

The M|Case is an optional watertight, crushproof and dustproof case made by the famous Pelican case manufacturer. We have designed a beautiful custom foam that will allow you to transport up to two of your favoriteM|80, M|62, or M|44 together with a Mac Pro securely.

The M|Family of products is an ideal solution for mobile productions. And the M|Case allows you to transport it together with a Mac Pro in a small case. It is based on the 1440 Top Loader Case. With its strong wheels and retractable extension handle, you are ready to roll a complete M|familysystem to where the production happens.

Need to rack mount ?

The M|80 comes with the Sonnet Echo Express SEL and hosts a Low-Profile card. With its small factor, this very nice for portability. But for those of you who need to mount the M|80 in a rack, using for example the Sonnet xMac Pro Server, we can provide a standard Full-Height bracket that will fit in a regular PCI slot. Just mention it when you order and we’ll include it for you.

The xMac Pro Server is not sold by Softron. Contact a Sonnet reseller for more info.


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