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General RTMac FAQs

Matrox RTMac is a PCI video card that provides realtime DV effects processing, analog NTSC/PAL video capture and output/display capabilities, as well as support for connecting a second computer monitor to your Power Mac G4. It is used with Final Cut Pro video editing software.
Matrox RTMac brings creative flexibility to professional content creators. Corporate communicators, educational facilities, digital filmmakers, and multimedia producers will all benefit from RTMac's realtime editing performance, analog I/O and secondary VGA output.
  • Realtime native DV editing with realtime broadcast-quality effects
  • Simultaneous display of video-in-a-window on your computer monitor and full-resolution display on your NTSC or PAL video monitor
  • Lets you work with up to four layers in real time - two video layers and two graphics layers
  • Realtime processing including:
    • transitions between video and/or graphics layers (includes cross dissolves, wipes, slides, and irises)
    • up to two Motion Effects on video or graphics
    • opacity control on up to three layers
  • Realtime alpha-keyed titles and graphics
  • Analog video capture and output (composite and S-Video)
  • Analog audio capture and output (stereo RCA)
  • Video input and output at full resolution and frame rate
  • VGA output for connection to a VGA monitor
  • Support for standard 4:3 editing or 16:9 widescreen editing.
Matrox RTMac requires the following minimum system configuration:
  • Single or multi-processor Power Mac G4 with AGP motherboard
  • 400-MHz PowerPC G4 processor
  • 384 MB RAM
  • One free PCI slot
  • CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Mac OS X version 10.2.6, 10.2.8 (aka Jaguar) or 10.3 (aka Panther)
  • Final Cut Pro 3.0.4 or Final Cut Pro 4.1.1
  • QuickTime version 6.3 or later

Important Please note that the Power Mac G5 is not supported with Matrox RTMac.

The Matrox RTMac software detects the capabilities of your computer, and enables more realtime features on a faster system. To take full advantage of realtime editing on Matrox RTMac, use the following recommended system configuration:

  • 667-MHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • Greater than 1 MB combined L2 and L3 cache (per processor)
  • 133-MHz or faster system bus
Matrox RTMac requires the following minimum system configuration: Single or multi-processor Power Mac G4 with AGP motherboard
  • 400-MHz or faster PowerPC G4 processor
  • 320 MB RAM (minimum)
  • One free PCI slot
  • Mac OS version 9.2.2
  • Final Cut Pro 3.0.4
  • QuickTime 5
RTMac does not support Final Cut Pro HD (aka Final Cut Pro 4.5).

Version 4.1 of RTMac drivers provides support for Mac OS X Panther version 10.3, Final Cut Pro 3.0.4 or Final Cut Pro 4.1.1, and QuickTime 6.4 or later.

As long as possible. RTMac is still an excellent option for the Power Mac G4 and Final Cut Pro users who need analog I/O and the type of realtime preview capabilities they can't get from software alone.