Adobe Premiere Pro/Matrox RT.x100 and speed

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Robert Zolkos, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm reasonanly new to the DV Editing scene. I have an Athlon XP 1800+
    system with 512mb ram. I find that any scrubbing/previews I do with
    Premiere even with as few as 4 or 5 clips and a sound clip the preview can
    be very jerky. I realise my system specs are low and I will be upgrading

    My question is this. If I upgrade to a P4 3+Ghz system with ample ram,
    will scrubbing/previews get better/faster with less frame loss/jerkiness
    [Vegas 4 seems better even on my current system]. And with the addition of
    the Matrox RT.X100 card will this be real-time in the Premiere software or
    on an external monitor or both?

    Robert Zolkos, Mar 7, 2004
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  2. I'm reasonanly new to the DV Editing scene. I have an Athlon XP 1800+
    Nothing wrong with the system you're using now, even though faster is
    I think you may find the answer to your question here:[email protected]

    Several different solutions depending on the system. As usual with
    hinkyness in Windows, the video card/driver you use is quite frequently
    the culprit.
    Chuck U. Farley, Mar 7, 2004
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  3. Rob,

    The basic concept is this: With Premiere Pro alone, you can have live
    preview of most effects, to a certain extent, but with whatever data
    reduction is necessary to give you that preview, causing the jerkiness
    you refer to. With the Matrox RTX-100 Xtreme Pro, you get not only the
    live preview, but it is in realtime with perfect video play, and even
    output to an NTSC monitor to show what it looks like on TV. With most of
    these effects, it is not only a preview, but the realtime output, not
    requiring any rendering at all before output. Some complex effects may
    be preview only, but will require rendering. And some effects may not
    preview with the Matrox which would preview with Premiere alone. It's a
    slight trade-off, but the vast majority of effects will be all realtime
    and no rendering and output to TV. Plus, of course, the additional
    effects that come with Matrox that are all instant, with no rendering.
    The best example is Matrox color correction. You adjust the color and/or
    levels on a clip of any length, and it is applied WITH NO RENDERING

    You can't just buy and install the Matrox card, however. It requires
    only certain hardware combinations to work properly, and you can see
    what you need before you upgrade your computer by going to

    and looking at all the systems and chipsets and motherboards that are
    Matrox approved. Or, you could go to a turnkey company like DVLine, as I
    did, to purchase an editing computer that has been set up and maximized
    for use with the Matrox system (or whatever system you want).

    You may also be able to fish around on the Matrox web site and find an
    offer for a free DVD that demos the capabilities of the system and the
    differences between Premiere Pro alone and Pro with Matrox.

    I am still using Premiere 6.5 with my RTX-100 Xtreme, because I haven't
    yet warmed up to Premiere Pro. There are also a few people who are very
    pissed at Adobe for blocking the ability of most third-party companies
    to make plug-ins for Premiere Pro. Adobe wants us to use just their
    products, such as After Effects, Encore, and Audition. They have
    cooperated with Matrox, but some Premiere/Matrox owners cannot use their
    Inscriber Titlemotion Pro any more, and there is difficulty with
    Multicam, and I'm not sure about the Graffiti plug-ins that used to work
    with Premiere. Just read some of the entries in the Matrox users forum.

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Mar 7, 2004
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