the last few years, Matrox has been one of the leaders in developing and
marketing affordable and high quality video editing solutions for
prosumer and professional video editors. This includes products like the
DigiSuite, and the RT2500 for Windows computers and RTMac for the Power
Mac. They recently announced two new products – the RT.X100 and the
RT.X10. Both of these new systems were designed to take advantage of the
new advances in processing speeds and CPU power that is available to
video professionals, prosumers and consumers.
new RT.X100 ($1099) provides many performance and feature improvements
over the existing RT2500 system. The RT.X10 ($599) is basically a light
version of the RT.X100 and is targeted towards prosumers on a budget and
consumers who need high powered and full featured editing. Aside from
more real time effects and transitions, the biggest difference is that
the RT.X100 supports realtime DV and realtime MPEG2 output whereas the
RT.X10 utilizes accelerated DV output and standard software MPEG2
conversion. MPEG2 is very important for making DVDs.
RT.X10 video editing solution consists of the new Matrox RT.X10 video
capture card, the Matrox breakout cable, Matrox MediaTools DV capture
software, 1394 cable, Sonic Solutions DVDit LE DVD creation program, and
the new Adobe Premiere 6.5 editing software. By using the latest version
of Premiere 6.5 and the Matrox RealTime plug-ins, end users have a nice
selection of special effects and transitions that can be previewed
without waiting for rendering. This includes customizable 3D page curls
and picture-in-picture, organic wipes and a set of 60 Premiere effects.
You can also do realtime color correction with automatic white balance
and realtime slow motion and fast motion video. You can use Premiere’s
other effects and transitions, but they will require rendering.
to Patrick Beaulieu, product manager for the RT series, the Matrox
RT.X10 can mix two layers of video as well as two additional graphic layers. You can also do multi-track audio mixing with
an unlimited number of audio channels. The audio capabilities make it
easy to add soundtracks, sound effects and music to your productions.
RT.X10 board and breakout cable enable
s users to capture video
from a variety of DV and analog sources including both S-video and
regular (VHS) video. The RT.X10 system also enables video capture in
single frame, stop motion and time-lapse modes. SinglePass DV scan and
capture can automatically separate your captured DV video
footage into separate clips to make editing simpler, save time, and
and tear on your camcorder.
also enables full-screen viewing of transitions and effects on a TV or
NTSC monitor. “Instead of watching your video effects on a tiny
preview screen on your computer monitor”, said Patrick Beaulieu,”
the RT.X10 enables the editor to see exactly how the transitions will
really look – correctly framed, before transferring it to
also enables users to output their completed video projects back to
either digital or analog videotape. You can add color bars or even a bug
logo during the output recording. Pretty cool!
course, you can also save your final productions as avi files for
playback on your computer, as MPEG1 or MPEG2 for burning and sharing on
CDs, VCDs and/or DVDs. You can also save your final productions in a
streaming video format such as Windows Media, RealVideo and QuickTime.
the way, Matrox provides free web space to share your completed projects
Registered Matrox users can get up to 20 MB of space. In addition to
sharing your personal videos and productions, video pros can use
Matrox.tv as a tool for their customers. You can associate time code
with the streaming video to enable customers to review and comment upon
productions in progress.
stated earlier, the Matrox RT.X10 kits ship
s with a full version
of Adobe Premiere, one of the most powerful video editing products on
the market. If you are already experienced with Premiere, you will be
immediately at home with the new RT.X10 system. If not, there are many
instructional books, guides and web sites that provide information to
help you master Premiere.
to Beaulieu, the current version ships with Adobe Premiere 6.0 as 6.5 is
not quite ready yet. However, RT.X10 customers will get a coupon for a
free upgrade to Premiere 6.5 when it becomes available.
this for you?
recommended hardware is a 2.2 GHz P-4 or Athlon XP 2000+, or better with
512 MB of RAM. You need to
be running Windows XP or Windows 2000 Pro. On top of that, you need two
separate hard drives, one for your programs and one for your A/V data.
The A/V drive needs to be formatted using NTFS to maximize file sizes.
However, I was assured you could install and run RT.X10 on less powerful
computers – minimum specs are 1 GHz P-III with only 256 MB of RAM.
Everything will still work but some of the more complicated effects may
not roll in real time.
you are a high-end video hobbyist or a professional video producer on a
strict budget, the RT.X10 may be perfect for your needs. Essentially you are paying full price for Adobe Premiere 6.5
and getting a very good video capture and effects acceleration card
thrown in to the deal.
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