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Capturing, Editing and Exporting - RT2500 FAQs

Matrox TurboDV™ is a scalable software-based DV export engine that takes advantage of the power of your computer. On faster systems, you see faster DV exports - up to four times faster than with hardware rendering on some dual-processor systems. You can still perform hardware-based DV exports, which lets you view your video on your NTSC or PAL video monitor during the export. You can switch your DV rendering mode using the Matrox Configuration utility.
With the keyframer included with Matrox RT2500, you can keyframe perspective settings (position, size, offset, and rotation) to create your own 2D/3D digital video effects, or use it to modify the included pre-created effects. You can build your own custom library of effects for use in all your productions by simply saving your keyframe sequences.

Matrox RT2500 lets you work with 3 layers (or tracks) in real time - 2 video clips and 1 graphics layer, in either DV or MPEG-2 I-frame format. The graphics layer can be positioned at any level in the three-layer stack. You're not restricted to keeping the graphics on top. You can add realtime 2D and 3D effects, including page curls, particles, slides, organic wipes, pushes, picture-in-picture (PiP) effects, fly in/out, colorization, and more. You can also apply keyframeable transform and crop settings in real time, and use over 60 of Adobe Premiere's native transitions in real time. Most of the Matrox effects can be applied as either transitions or video effects (filters), and can be applied on video or graphics.

You can apply one transition or video effect, plus one fade, and a graphics overlay in real time. If you insert more layers or apply more effects, RT2500 will use its accelerated multi-layer compositing engine to render that particular segment.

Yes. Analog video can be captured to disk or played back in real time in either DV or MPEG-2 format. Digital video can be transferred to disk or played back in real time via the 1394 connection and is stored as a DV AVI file.

Matrox RT2500 plays back 32-bit TGA graphics with alpha channel in real time. You can also add 3D shadows with adjustable transparency and color in real time. A 2D DVE can be applied to titles to do single-page credit rolls in real time. A 3D DVE can be applied to fly titles in and out in real time.

Matrox has developed Matrox Infinite Capture to overcome the 2-GB AVI file size limit of Windows Me by providing seamless capture and playback of multiple 2-GB files within Premiere. During capture of long segments, it automatically creates multiple 2-GB files that appear as a single video clip within Premiere. You work with the video clip as if it were a single file.

Yes. Both video standards are supported by Matrox RT2500. You cannot, however, combine NTSC and PAL video footage on the same Adobe Premiere Timeline. When installing the Matrox RT2500 software, you are asked to choose the video standard you want to use with your system. To switch your video standard, you'll need to re-install the RT2500 software.

In order to have realtime playback, video files must be of a single codec type, either DV or MPEG-2. If your project setting is DV, you must convert all of your MPEG-2 files to DV for realtime editing (and vice-versa). The segments on the timeline that don't match the project setting must be rendered. You can mix DV, DVCAM, and DVCPRO video clips in real time within a project.

Yes. Using Adobe Premiere and Matrox RT2500, you can choose to capture video directly to MPEG-2 IBP format to create AVI files that are immediately ready for authoring DVD titles with Sonic Solutions DVDit!.

Yes. When capturing DV clips over the 1394 interface, you can choose to simultaneously capture either two 16-bit 48-kHz channels or four 12-bit 32-kHz audio channels. This feature lets you capture the extra two channels of audio used for voiceover tracks or music tracks available on some cameras.

Matrox RT2500 with Matrox Video Tools 3.1 includes Matrox MediaTools, a full-featured DV capture application that allows you to perform automatic, unattended DV tape scanning and batch capture. Because Matrox MediaTools is fully automated, you can save hours of tedious logging and capturing time. With MediaTools and DV devices using the IEEE-1394 interface, you can:

  • Automatically scan an entire DV tape and create a batch capture list of clips.
  • In a single pass, automatically scan and capture clips at the same time from a DV tape into AVI and WAV files on your computer.
  • Capture clips from a batch capture list at a later time, delete clips on disk, or adjust the In and Out points of clips prior to capturing.
  • Export your clip list directly into an Adobe Premiere project.
  • Use onscreen transport controls to navigate quickly and easily through clips on tape or clips on disk.
  • Grab single-frame images and save them as TGA or AVI files. Saving your images as AVI files lets you apply realtime transitions between your stills in Adobe Premiere, such as to create photo montage sequences.

Yes. You can use the device control from your 1394 connection to capture the analog input from your DV-1394 device, which lets you capture to MPEG-2 I-frame or MPEG-2 IBP format. For example, you could capture the S-Video input to MPEG-2 I-frame format at a low bit rate for offline work.

Matrox RT2500 uses the MPEG-2 I-frame format for editing because it provides the features that are important in a professional-level editing system including a responsive scrubbing interface and instant access to every frame in real time for frame-accurate edits, fast cuts, and seeks. RT2500 lets you edit in MPEG-2 I-frame at variable bit rates between 10 and 25 Mbits/sec.

For distribution purposes, Matrox RT2500 uses hardware acceleration to let you quickly export your productions in MPEG-2 MP@ML with the IBP GOP structure, which is the MPEG-2 format used in DVD and digital broadcasting.

Matrox RT2500 supports standard DV (also known as Bluebook) and DVCAM in NTSC 4:1:1 and PAL 4:2:0. Matrox RT2500 also supports DVCPRO in 4:1:1. DV50 is not supported.

Yes. The Matrox File Converter currently shipping with Matrox RT2500 is an easy-to-use program for converting your MPEG-2 or DV video files and associated audio files to various formats. You can select any of the following conversion types:

Matrox MPEG-2 IBP AVI + WAV to MPEG-2 Program (.mpg)
Use .mpg files for distribution on the web, video servers, networks, etc.

Matrox MPEG-2 (IBP or I-Frame) AVI to MPEG-2 Elementary (.m2v)
Use .m2v files with DVD authoring programs that don't support Matrox MPEG-2 AVI files.

Create single Video for Windows AVI files from Matrox DV AVI and associated WAV files so that you can easily use them in your Video for Windows programs.

Split any Video for Windows DV AVI file to separate Matrox DV AVI and WAV files that will play back in real time when using Adobe Premiere with Matrox RT2500.

Over 60 of the most commonly used Adobe Premiere native transitions can now be used in real time with the Matrox realtime plug-in. This means that many transitions that you were accustomed to rendering can now be played back in real time, and you don't need to learn how to apply these transitions - just drag-and-drop as usual. Realtime playback is done by emulating Premiere's non-realtime version of these transitions.

To see a complete list of which Adobe Premiere transitions are available in real time, choose Project > Project Settings > General. In the Project Settings dialog box, click Advanced Settings. In the Matrox General Settings dialog box, click Select Transitions. By default, all the available realtime Premiere transitions are selected, but you can deselect those that you may wish to force to render from the Timeline.

Yes. 150 top-rated, industry-standard organic wipes from Pixélan Software™ are bundled with your Matrox RT system. To further expand the range of realtime organic effects in your Matrox RT system, visit Pixélan Software.

Matrox RT2500 with Video Tools 3.1 allows you to adjust brightness, contrast, or create a photo negative effect in real time. You can also adjust color gain or color addition of individual red, green, blue, and alpha components of a clip to produce unique effects.

Yes. With Matrox Video Tools 3.1, widescreen video can be captured, edited, and output in 16:9 format. If you want to display widescreen 16:9 footage on a standard 4:3 video monitor, you can use a keyframeable 2D DVE to position your footage so that the area of interest is in the center of the screen, similar to using the Pan & Scan technique.

With Matrox MediaTools, you can grab single-frame (still) images from your DV-1394 device and save them as TGA or AVI files to use in your Adobe Premiere projects.

Saving your images as AVI files lets you create realtime transitions between your stills in Adobe Premiere, such as to create photo montages.