Matrox has announced the RT2500, a single-card editing solution for Windows that offers real-time native DV and MPEG-2 editing. The company has also released the RT2000 Mega Pack 3.0, the third-generation of software for the editing card. Both products will be shown at the NAB show in Las Vegas next week.
Unlike the RT2000, which includes the G400 graphics card, the RT2500 only includes a single capture card to be used with any graphics card. As well as the card and drivers, the RT2500 also includes a newly designed breakout box with component and composite inputs and output – and a copy of Adobe Premiere 6.0.
The RT2500 can work simultaneously with two layers of video and one 32-bit graphics layer in real-time. It also includes real-time 2D and 3D effects powered by the same Flex 3D chip as the RT2000. It can work natively with DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO and MPEG-2 – and output both MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 accelerated by the card.
As well as Premiere, the solution also ships with Inscriber Title Express, Sonic Foundry ACID Music, Pixelan Video SpiceRack Lite, Sonic Solutions DVDit! LE and Ligos LSX MPEG LE.
The RT2500 runs on Windows 2000 and Me costs £699 plus VAT and is shipping immediately.
Mega Pack 3.0 for the RT2000, which is also included in the RT2500, is a free upgrade for the solution that can be downloaded from the Matrox Web site. It can also be ordered on CD from the company for a nominal charge.
The pack includes Windows 2000 support, over 60 more real-time transitions for Premiere, support for Premiere 6.0’s audio mixer, real-time keyframeable colorization and crop settings, and real-time title preview using TitleExpress. There’s also the new MediaTools 1394 DV scan and capture utility and support for 16:9 editing.