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Matrox RT2500
by Rick Smith (December 17, 2001)


The Matrox RT2500 hardware and software package is a real-time editing platform that includes the tools to:

  • Capture analog and digital video
  • Edit projects in real time
  • Create broadcast-quality titles
  • Perform 3D effects
  • Transfer to tape, DVD, CD or web files

    To accomplish this, Matrox has included the following software:

  • Adobe Premiere 6.0 for real-time editing
  • Inscriber TitleExpress for professional titling
  • Matrox MediaTools for automated single-pass DV scan and capture
  • Ligos LSX-MPEG LE for accelerated MPEG-1, VCD, and SVCD output
  • Sonic Foundry ACID Music for music track production audio editing
  • Sonic Solutions DVDit! LE for DVD authoring
  • Pixélan Video SpiceRack Lite for real-time organic transitions
  • Ligos LSX MPEG LE for accelerated MPEG-1, VCD, and SVCD output
  • Matrox Flex 3D for broadcast-quality effects

    Matrox RT2500 hardware is a single PCI-bus video editing card that works with the video display card in your computer system. It supports true three-layer real-time editing -- two native-DV or MPEG-2 video streams and a 32-bit uncompressed graphics layer, simultaneously, in real time. A number of different effects are supported, such as:

  • Particlization
  • 3D tiling
  • Distortions
  • 2D effects
  • Colorization
  • Transparency effects
  • Keyframeable 3D digital video effects

    Many of these effects can be added, in real time, with no rendering.

    Matrox RT2500 supports all the important input/output connections and formats needed in an editing system. Capture from analog or DV tape is supported, as well as output to tape, DVD, CD, and the web. The RT2500 performs native DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO and MPEG-2 editing. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish are the supported languages.

    Because video is an application that loves high performance systems, the RT2500 supports both the Pentium 4 and dual-processor systems to perform ultra-fast DV exports. Windows 2000 and Windows Me are the supported operating systems.

    The Matrox RT2500 package is currently available and costs about $1000.

    Copyright © 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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