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


By: Daniel Renaud

Here lies the primary purpose of the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0, to edit digital video. The only editing software that will function in realtime with the RT 2000 Mega Pack is Adobe Premiere.


The RT2000 comes with the full version of Adobe Premiere 6.0 video editing software. This software is generally acclaimed as one of the most full-featured editing products available to the average consumer. Premiere will trim, adjust, change and re-arrange video clips to your heart's content.

Premiere uses the standard timeline edit style found in, most video editing products. Creating titles is easy and effective using the TitleExpress RT software that is included with the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0. These titles can be animated/moved or used with fancy 3D effects using the realtime power of the RT 2000.

Basically, Premiere works by just dragging the captured clips and stills from the production library and placing them anywhere in the time line. Transition effects can be placed between clips to liven up the production. Optionally, add another layer of audio to the clips captured earlier, such as a musical soundtrack or special sound effects. Premiere 6.0 also includes a live audio mixer that enables you to 'hot mix' your audio levels for your video project.

Premiere, even though it is has a lot of tools, isnít the most intuitive video editing package available and does require the user to take some time to learn all its features. Premiere is also notorious for being a bit sluggish compared to other video editing software packages. Quite often there will arise situations where you will click your mouse and then wait for something to happen. Iím not saying that Premiere is unusable, just that it isnít the best editing software available and itís a shame that the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 isnít compatible with other packages.


The reason you purchase the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 is because of its realtime power and effects. Basically because of the powerful 3D rendering functions of the included Matrox G400 AGP video card, the 3D transitions and effects are created instantly. This also applies to non-3D effects such as cropping, 2D DVEís (Digital Video Effects) and transitions such as wipes, dissolves, and page curls.

Every single effect and transition that the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 is capable of doing in realtime is customizable and keyframeable. This means that you can take the more than 1000 effects and transitions and fiddle with them until they suit your individual needs. Do you like the Star Wars scrolling effect that comes with the product, but need it to make a left turn half way up the screen? No problem, just add a keyframe and a new end position and you have a whole new effect. This customization gives you the power to unleash your creativity without having to wait for your new idea to render.

Realtime DissolveRealtime Color Effects

Basically the best thing these realtime functions give you is the ability to be creative. You donít have to worry about the agony of rendering your project every time you change something. If you want to try something new just do it, if you donít like it you can change it back just as quickly or try something completely different.

Realtime functionality is available as long as you are using no more than two channels of video and one uncompressed graphics channel. If you go beyond those capabilities you will have to render your changes. Fortunately all rendering is accelerated with this product meaning even when you do render it wonít make you sprout gray hairs waiting for the render to complete.

Does it make Editing easier?

Yes, a realtime card like this one takes away many of the frustrations that can arise while editing a video project. It allows you to make changes without having to constantly render thereby allowing you to complete projects faster and with less hassle.

Generally speaking the editing process is relatively stable and clean. Itís not as robust as a DigiSuite or other high end-editing platforms but at this price it shouldnít be expected to be. Also, there are some features that I would like to see that are missing such as true realtime color correction, and realtime chromakeying (for blue screen work) but this package does do a lot for the money and will make the editing process more enjoyable for many video editors. Expect for the basic sluggishness of Premiere the RT 2000 Mega Pack 3.0 is a great little editor.

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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