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


By: Daniel Renaud

Matrox of Canada has long provided professional-level video editing with its DigiSuite products, as well as entry-level solutions with the Marvel and Rainbow Runner series. It is therefore little surprise that it was one of the first out of the gate with a more affordable real-time video editing solution.

The Matrox RT2000 debuted at an MSRP of around $1299, which at the time was priced well below any other similarly equipped video-editing card. It promised performance as good as products that sell for up to three or four times as much. This card offered the ability to edit from analog sources (RCA, and S-Video) as well supporting the newer digital IEEE1394 (FireWire) interface that was now available on a number of high quality video cameras. The original release of this product wowed many video editors because of its real-time rendering power and fancy 3D effects but left others users feeling a little cold because of the problems with stability and system compatibility that came along with the card.

Needless to say Matrox took the problems that were found to heart and embarked upon a crusade to make this product a better choice for high-end consumer and low-end professionals everywhere. Itís been nearly a year now since Matrox released the RT 2000. In that time Matrox has worked diligently at making this product more stable, more effective and more affordable. Recently they announced the completion of version 3.0 of this device, which promises all of the above to current and prospective customers as well as lowering the MSRP to $999.

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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