Pros: Provides huge boost to HDV editing performance. Wide toolset with great colour correction tools.
Cons: High and strict hardware requirements. Strict workflow. Pricey.
Most video-editing applications have added support for HDV over the past year or so, but using it on a day-to-day basis is a chore. DV-based editors have grown used to working in real-time – or with high-quality previewing if not true real-time – and while today’s computer hardware makes a decent attempt at dealing with HDV, editing with precision is slow going.
Matrox’s RT.X2 attempts to replicate the success of the company’s RT2000, which introduced real-time DV editing to the masses back in 2000. It enables editors to capture, edit and output HDV with a minimum of fuss. Like the first generation of DV editing hardware, it’s somewhat limited in what it can do and requires a powerful computer to host it – but it’s far better than trying to edit HDV using software alone.
To get the RT.X2 to run properly, you’ll probably need a new computer. There’s currently only a limited number of certified motherboards, processors, and graphics cards – or full systems from the likes of Dell and HP – and you’ll need to stick to these to obtain technical support.