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  Matrox RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 
  Jul 02, 2001, 09:00am EDT 

Features and Contents

By: Daniel Renaud

Any product is only as good as what it delivers to the end user. Here is a list of the features that the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 offers:

RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 Features include:
  • True three-layer realtime editing - two video layers plus a graphics layer simultaneously, Native-DV editing with support for all DV formats including Panasonic DVCPRO, Sony DVCAM, Sony Digital-8, and the consumer DV format used by Sony, JVC, Canon, Sharp and Panasonic.
  • On-board 1394 I/O interface that includes batch capture and camera control.
  • Y/C and composite video I/O for capture from analog cameras and output to tape.
  • Dual-stream MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-frame editing at variable bit rates from 10 to 25 Mbps.
  • MPEG-2 IBP output for distribution applications such DVD and web video streaming.
  • Realtime, broadcast-quality, keyframeable 3D digital video effects powered by Matrox Flex 3D
  • Over 1,000 realtime filters and transitions in both 4:3 standard and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios including particle effects, 3D tiles, distortion effects, page curls, organic wipes and 2D and 3D DVEs. You can keyframe perspective settings such as rotation, size and position.
  • Realtime, keyframeable colorization controls color, contrast, and brightness for image correction.
  • Realtime, 32-bit, uncompressed, animated graphics layer.
  • Hardware-accelerated multi-layer compositing engine now you can render an unlimited number of video and graphics layers full of complex Matrox effects in a single pass at an unprecedented speed.
  • 48 kHz stereo audio I/O genlocked to video ensures perfect lip-sync.
  • Millennium G400 provides a high-performance console with a video-in-a-window display. An additional graphics display adapter is not required in the system.
  • Advanced productivity tools – Medial Tools (Scan and Capture), Matrox Infinite Capture (unlimited file size), and a RT 2000 VFW (Video For Windows) software Codec.
  • Accelerated MPEG-2 output for DVD and CD authoring in conjunction with DVDit!
  • Windows ME and Windows 2000 support.

Included Software:

Adobe Premiere 6.0 - Matrox Video Tools/Mega Pack 3.0 - Title Express v.126 - Sonic DVDit! LE v.2.3 - Sonic Foundry Acid Music - Ulead Cool 3D - Matrox DVD Player

Included Hardware:

Matrox G400 Flex Edition AGP card
Matrox RT 2000 Codec/Capture Board
RT 2000 Breakout Box

This is a lot of performance/goodies for the price, of course the original version of the RT 2000 promised a lot as well and didn’t quite deliver the goods. Does version 3.0 make good on all of Matrox’s promises?

1. Introduction
2. Features and Contents
3. Test Bed and Procedures
4. System Setup
5. Capture
6. Editing
7. Outputting Your Project
8. Technical Support
9. Summary
10. Conclusions

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Matrox RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0
Performance: 9/10
Stability: 7/10
Quality: 8/10
Features: 8/10
Layout: 8/10
Documentation: 9/10
Price: 9/10
Overall Rating: 8/10

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