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Publishing to the web, VCD, SVCD, and DVD - RT2500 FAQs

All Matrox platforms make it possible for you to export your projects in a 'web-ready' format, be it Apple QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media (NetShow ASF). It's also possible to purchase third-party applications, such as Media Cleaner, which can easily batch-convert your compiled movies into several different web-ready formats all at once.

Once your video project is complete, you can export it in any of the above web formats. Adobe Premiere plug-ins, included with Adobe Premiere 6.0.1, let you convert your final project into any one of these formats giving you the freedom to publish to the web.

For details on minimum system requirements for Matrox RT2500 see Matrox RT2500 system requirements in the Support section of this web site.

With Matrox RT2500, you can create DVDs that will play on any set-top DVD player or PC equipped with a DVD-ROM drive and hardware or software DVD player. After acquiring your video material and editing your project in Adobe Premiere, export your final movie directly from the Timeline to a Matrox AVI file in MPEG-2 IBP format. Audio is exported as a 48 KHz .wav file. A standard DVD set-top player can play a maximum of 10.08 Mb/sec including video, audio, and sub-titles. The maximum bit rate allocated to the MPEG-2 video stream is 9.8 Mb/sec and must be set to accommodate the length of your movie. For example, a 125-minute program would have to be encoded at about 4 Mb/sec in order to fit on a 4.7 GB disc.

The Matrox RT2500 comes bundled with Sonic DVDit LE!, a program that lets you drag-and-drop a background image and menu buttons, and link video and audio assets to those buttons. At any time, you can preview the result of your work on your computer or video monitor.

Once you've finished your DVD project, and you're satisfied with the placement of the graphics, the links, and the overall look and feel of the title, it's time to create a DVD video that you can distributed as a DVD Volume or a DVD disc.

A DVD volume is a directory structure containing audio and video files, and navigation information required by the DVD player. You can create a DVD volume on any media (for example, on your hard disk), and play the files on almost any PC using a software DVD player. This format will not play on a set-top DVD player. The DVD volume is useful for testing your project using a software DVD player, before you create the final DVD disc.

The DVD disc is the final product. You need to output either to DVD-R or DLT to have your project replicated as a DVD. Most replication houses will ask for DLT, but some are starting to accept DVD-R. The advantage of DVD-R discs is that they can be played on most set-top or PC-based DVD players.

The Ligos LSX-MPEG LE plug-in lets you output directly from Adobe Premiere to high-quality MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files that are fully compliant with the Video-CD (VCD) and Super Video-CD (SVCD) specifications. Using a single-tab interface, a number of presets are available so that you can choose the encoding profile that will give you the best video quality for your particular type of project.

The full version of the Ligos LSX-MPEG Suite, available from Ligos, gives Premiere users fine-grain control over a wide range of parameters and batch processing.

There are a number of ways to produce CDs that play on PCs. You can use programs such as Macromedia Director to author your project; you can use web design tools to create an HTML-based CD; or you can burn a DVD volume on a CD with an embedded software DVD player.

Once your video project is complete, you can export it from Adobe Premiere to a variety of file formats, such as Windows Media, RealMedia, Microsoft AVI, Apple QuickTime, Real G2, or MPEG-1.

You can also use the Ligos LSX-MPEG LE for Adobe Premiere plug-in which lets you output to fully compliant MPEG-1, MPEG-2, Video-CD (VCD), and Super Video-CD (SVCD) formats directly from Premiere. MPEG-1 is ideal for many CD projects because it allows you to put up to one hour of video on a CD. This is an inexpensive way to deliver medium-size projects using Super-VHS quality content on a CD that can be played back on computers equipped with the appropriate software DVD player, or on most DVD or Video-CD set-top players.

Matrox RT2500 lets you easily produce CDs that will play back in your living room. Most DVD players will play Video CDs, and some will even play Super Video CDs.

To create a Video CD, you compress your edited segments into MPEG-1 at a bit rate of 1.1 Mbps. The more recent Super Video CD standard uses MPEG-2 compression at a bit rate of 2.5 Mbps for better video quality. The Ligos LSX MPEG LE plug-in for Adobe Premiere bundled with RT2500 lets you produce both these formats very quickly.

Most CD burners come with software that will allow you to not only copy CDs and make data or audio CDs, but also create Video CDs and Super Video CDs. You just drag and drop your compressed file and start the recording process. It's that simple!

Yes. Sometimes referred to as cDVD, this method consists of burning DVD-formatted volumes onto a CD instead of a DVD disc. This is an inexpensive way to deliver short projects using DVD-quality content on a CD, rather than mastering to a DVD or DVD-R. The MPEG-2 video must not exceed 8 megabits/sec, with audio formats that include PCM, AC3 audio, or MPEG-1. These types of CDs can be played back on computer systems equipped with the appropriate software DVD player, which is included with Matrox RT2500. When creating a cDVD with Sonic Solutions DVDit! LE, you also have the option of burning a DVD software player on the CD, which can be used to play back DVD volumes on PCs that are not equipped with a DVD player.

The DVD project you create with DVDit! is output as a DVD volume that contains all the necessary formatting for a DVD. This volume can then be written to a CD either directly from the DVD authoring package or using any standard CD writing software. The program length is limited by the 650-MB capacity of the CD.