How useful are Matrox RT.X10 type real-time pci editing cards?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Crow, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. Crow

    Crow Guest

    How useful are Matrox RT.X10 type real-time pci editing cards?

    I'm shooting a documentary this summer and will then be editing the
    footage on a PC. I've recently read a review of the Matrox RT.X10(0)
    cards, which made them sound extremely useful when it comes to
    editing. They come with a substantial Adobe software bundle also,
    which would be useful to me as I don't have any editing software yet.

    In practice how useful are these cards? I'm asking now rather than
    when I start editing, as I need to decide soon on whether to buy a
    laptop or desktop for editing. If they are very time saving then I'll
    build myself a desktop and buy one of these PCI cards.

    The documentary that I'm shooting won't be strictly talking heads, as
    I have ideas for visual effects and transitions that I'd like to
    include, that might be time consuming to preview.

    Are there other PCI cards and software bundles that offer similar
    features as the Matrox/Adobe bundle that anyone can recommend?

    Any help appreciated.


    Crow, Jun 5, 2004
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  2. Real time means that you can do a lot of effects, titles,
    transitions, and video processing without waiting for rendering. They
    won't eliminate it entirely -- you can always find some effect you
    want to use which can't be done in real time -- but it can save a
    *lot* of time.

    Real time color correction is a very nice feature. Adjust your
    video, then watch it immediately. See the color correction changes in
    real time on your TV monitor.

    OTOH -- it is possible to do preview quality output in real time
    with many of the current editing apps, including Premiere. You'll
    need a TV monitor connected to your firewire camcorder, as PCs don't
    generally come equipped with DV encoding TV output hardware :) So
    if you just need to see a good approximation of the output, you can
    get by without real time hardware.

    RT hardware gives you full quality, full resolution output in real
    time. Its single biggest area of advantage is real time turn-around
    on projects -- finish the edit, then roll tape to record the final
    output immediately in real time, no waiting overnight for renders.
    Jeffery S. Jones, Jun 6, 2004
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    Crow Guest

    Thanks Jeffrey,

    Apart from outputting the final output in real-time to tape, will the
    RT.X bundle also allow you to output in real-time to disk in MPEG2


    Crow, Jun 6, 2004
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    AL Guest

    With the RT.X100 you can output in real-time out to Disk in both DV and
    The RT.X10 you have to render.

    AL, Jun 7, 2004
  5. Crow

    Crow Guest

    Thanks Al,

    Do I only need to output to DV or MPEG2 once I have what I hope is a
    finished version?
    If that's the case, then I guess I can live with this occasional
    rendering process of the RT.X10.
    Am I correct in assuming that I can preview in full quality with the
    RT.X10, provided I only use effects and transitions within the limits
    of what it can handle? Can this preview be output to a TV via either
    the TV-Out of a graphics card or does the Matrox card have its own
    outputs to handle this? I'm assuming that previewing on a TV is a
    useful feature.


    Crow, Jun 7, 2004
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    Bill Fright Guest

    I've been using a Matrox RTmac for three years and it is excellant.
    Reading this thread is a little odd though. My laptop does not use
    Matrox and has a processor that is three times as fast as my desktop and
    both work about the same. The capturing and exporting of the product is
    supurb when viewed on a scope. You should visit this site and work out
    all the details.

    Bill Fright, Jun 7, 2004
  7. Depends on your needs first off. I used Digisuites, Targa3000s and
    VideoToasters at work and they were great. I had a DV500+ at home but
    sold it because I needed the money for a trip. I ended up using a
    simple firewire port on my Audigy, with Premiere Pro, to my camcorder
    and out to a TV for editing the trip's video footage (land, water,
    underwater). It was extremely easy and I didn't miss the RT cards at
    all. I brought the finished files into Encore and created a DVD in no
    time. A lot of the newer editing programs have made it less painful
    to work without a realtime card by utilizing memory, harddrive and CPU
    (SSE) more efficiently.

    I'd still probably use a RT card in a production environment as
    multiple layers on a timeline in realtime is sweet.
    Jack Slopehead, Jun 7, 2004
  8. Crow

    Crow Guest

    Thanks Bill & Jack,

    This kind of thing makes me interested in the Matrox card. It's
    interesting to hear that you didn't miss it for certain projects
    though. My dilemma is that I need to choose between a laptop and
    desktop before I know how useful the card will be. Oh well, it's only
    money :)

    I've assumed that there isn't an equivalent to the Matrox available
    for laptops, due to their architecture? I don't suppose an external
    firewire or USB 2 device, could handle this sort of data manipulation?


    Crow, Jun 8, 2004
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    someone Guest

    The Canopus Edius software will do some real-time on a Firewire-only
    computer. It will also work with much more RT in a desktop with their RT
    someone, Jun 10, 2004
  10. Crow

    Crow Guest


    I'll look into that.


    Crow, Jun 10, 2004
  11. yeah I hear they have pretty decent hardware.
    Jack Slopehead, Jun 11, 2004
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