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FAQs - Matrox RTMac and Final Cut Pro

Realtime transitions appear in boldface. All effects in the Motion tab are realtime except for motion blur.

Not at the same time. To work with the Final Cut Pro G4 realtime effects, you must disable the RTMac card. This is easy to do and accomplished using the Matrox RTMac control panel. If you choose to use the RTMac's realtime effects, you can render any effects that aren't supported.

The DV capture process is the same whether you are using Matrox RTMac or not. You simply plug your DV device into the FireWire port of your Power Mac G4 and capture your DV clips using Final Cut Pro.

You connect your analog device to either the S-Video or composite input connectors on the Matrox RTMac breakout box and capture using Final Cut Pro. The RTMac breakout box also has two RCA input connectors for stereo audio. Matrox RTMac digitizes the analog signals and simultaneously compresses them to DV format for use with your native-DV footage. You are always working with DV clips on your Timeline. If you are working in NTSC, your clips are captured at 720 x 480 at 29.97 frames per second (fps), with audio at 48 kHz. If you are working in PAL, your clips are captured at 720 x 576 at 25 fps, with audio at 48 kHz.

Once you've finished your projects, you can record them in real time to analog tape without rendering. If you've only got cuts in your sequence, you don't even need to render when you record to DV tape. If you do have effects on your timeline, those parts of your project must be rendered before recording to DV tape, but you'll only have to do this once, at the very end of your production.

You can simply export your projects as QuickTime files and use Apple iDVD authoring software (bundled with Power Mac G4 computers shipped with Superdrives). Alternatively, you can purchase and use Apple DVD Studio Pro (sold separately).