Why upgrade from Matrox RT.X100 to Matrox RT.X2?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Gary Bettan, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Gary Bettan

    Gary Bettan Guest

    Special upgrade offer for RT.X100/ RT2500 / RT2000 owners
    For a limited time, Matrox RT.X100 owners can save up to $200 on the
    purchase of the Matrox RT.X2

    Both Matrox RT.X2 and Matrox RT.X100 are ideal for corporate
    communicators, event videographers, project studios, educational
    facilities, and digital filmmakers. There are, however, important
    differences between the two products.

    Matrox RT.X100 is designed for realtime DV editing and it has a
    dedicated, onboard GPU (graphics processing unit) to process Matrox
    Flex effects.

    Matrox RT.X2 is designed primarily for realtime native HDV and DV
    editing. Matrox RT.X2 is built on the award-winning Matrox Axio
    architecture that leverages CPU and GPU power. It relies on your
    system graphics card to process Matrox Flex GPU effects, providing
    more scalability. If you want to do more layers of 3D you can simply
    upgrade your graphics card. RT.X2 also provides a high-quality MPEG-2
    4:2:2 I-frame codec so you can capture other HD and SD formats using
    RT.X2’s analog inputs and mix all types of footage on the timeline in
    real time. With Matrox RT.X2, you get a high-performance, future-proof
    HDV and SD editing environment.

    RT.X2 features not found in RT.X100
    • Realtime, multi-layer native HDV editing - RT.X2 provides HD
    performance similar to what RT.X100 provides in SD
    • Many more realtime layers of video and graphics in SD - on a
    reasonably performing system, you can expect to edit at least five
    native DV video layers plus six graphics layers and effects in real
    time
    • Realtime MPEG-2 I-frame editing in HD and SD - this 4:2:2 codec
    provides high-quality capture from analog sources
    • Realtime mixing of formats and resolutions on any timeline in real
    time - you can mix HD and SD material - no hassles, no rendering
    • Realtime down conversion of a 1080i timeline to NTSC or PAL –
    eliminates the need to render an SD copy of an HD master
    • 23.98 fps editing for the film look in DV
    • New Matrox Flex CPU and Flex GPU effects such as realtime primary
    and secondary color correction, realtime track matte, realtime surface
    finish, accelerated shine, etc. -the same professional effects found
    on Matrox Axio are provided on RT.X2
    • Analog component input and output in HD and SD lets you capture and
    record using higher-end sources such as Betacam, DigiBeta, etc.
    • 1394 pass-through is provided on the RT.X2 breakout box
    • Audio VU meters on capture let you easily make adjustments so you
    always capture audio at the proper signal level
    • Faster than realtime DVD encoding (encoding speed depends on
    timeline complexity and system CPU and GPU power)
    • Faster than realtime export to disk (export speed depends on
    timeline complexity and system CPU and GPU power)
    • Full-resolution HD monitoring on an inexpensive flat panel display
    via independent DVI output - you can view full-quality HD on an
    affordable monitor

    RT.X2 provides tighter integration with Adobe Premiere Pro
    • Realtime effects control integrated into the Premiere Pro user
    interface - there is no need to learn a custom UI, if you know how to
    use Premiere Pro and After Effects, you know how to use RT.X2
    • Voiceover is supported on RT.X2
    • 5.1 surround sound mixing and monitoring is supported on RT.X2
    • WYSIWYG support with dynamic Alt+Tab switching is now provided for
    the most popular applications - there is no need to close Premiere to
    have a preview output
    • Adobe Dynamic Link support - RT.X2 lets you take full advantage of
    this key feature of Adobe Production Studio
    • Realtime mixed-format multi-cam - your HDV and DV cameras can all be
    used as sources in a multi-cam shoot
    • Safe title area and zooming of live window
    • Additional realtime native Adobe effects: Crop, Dip to Black, Black
    and White, Additive Dissolve
    • RT.X2 uses the Premiere Pro native “Scene Detect” feature for scan
    and capture in DV and HDV

    Other differences
    • Most features of Matrox Media Tools are now found in Premiere Pro.
    • Most features of Matrox Media Export are now found in Premiere Pro
    • A few effects such as 3D tiles, particle effects, twirls, and cubes
    are not implemented on RT.X2
    • To enhance system compatibility, realtime “always output to 1394? is
    not offered on RT.X2
    • Realtime M2V capture is not implemented in the current release of
    RT.X2

    For more info http://www.videoguys.com/rtx2.html

    Gary

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    Gary Bettan, Jun 16, 2006
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