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RT2000 FAQs - Publishing

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.

QuickTime is software that allows you to play and edit digital video as well as other types of media on your computer, and does not take advantage of hardware acceleration. It is the standard, cross-platform, multimedia environment for authoring, publishing, and streaming. Adobe Premiere supports QuickTime movies both on import and export. Matrox RT2000 can play back, edit, and create QuickTime clips, but does not do so in real time.

The Adobe Premiere CD contains two plug-ins that convert AVI files to MPEG-1 and RealVideo. After completing your Adobe Premiere project with the Matrox RT2000, you can produce MPEG-1 or RealVideo files directly from within Premiere.

With Matrox RT2000, 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 at 7.00 Mb/sec or lower. Audio is exported as a 48 KHz .wav file. Because the capacity of a DVD-R is 4.7 GB, a 125-minute program would have to be encoded at about 4 Mb/sec in order to fit on the disc.

The Matrox RT2000 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 to a DVD-R to have your project replicated as a DVD. Most replication houses will ask for DLT, but a growing number 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.

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 RT2000. 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.