RT2000 MEGA Pack Preview
version of RT2000 MEGA Pack aka Version 2 of Matrox Video
Tools, brings long-awaited features and improvements to RT2000.
real-time FX include nicely done particles. 2D/3D DVE FX
that can now be keyframed and saved for future use. Windows
ME is now supported. Windows 2000 Pro - not yet, wait for
3.0. There is a new free Inscriber
TitleExpress: real-time customizable titling plug-in. You
will probably never look at Cool 3D again.
to MPEG-2 IBP
format for DVD authoring. RT2000-Da-Superman is now a
real-time MPEG2 Encoder, too. You can capture from your 1394 or
analog input - directly into DVD-compliant MPEG file. Mind
you, that is not the real MPEG yet, but an AVI-wrapped MPEG which you
will then need to "unwrap" into a "real"
MPEG. And for that, you will need to use:
AVI-to-MPEG and back. With a separate audio or
interleaved. An absolute must-have. If only it did ASF
(Windows Media) output.
Full-frame full-motion resizable Matrox AVI playback. Just
double-click on it.
Connect/reconnect 1394 devices and look, Ma - Premiere's still
Yes, it can capture all four channels simultaneously from
those DV devices that support 12-bit/32KHz 4-track audio. Does
it make it the only native DV NLE platform capable of that? No
(says Brandon Higa from Canopus): nearly all Canopus products
(besides EZDV), can capture all 4 channels in one pass, using their
own utilities or NLE software (Raptor Edit, Rex Edit) which are very
good. RT2000 is still the only one that does it in Premiere.
support. Batch capture and print-to-tape using Panasonic's own
version of 1394.
using DV-1394 device control.
Great for low-res off-lining.
advertised improvements are: better A/V sync, stability, audio
scrubbing. Amen - we tested the previously not-too-happy JVC
DV decks BR-DV600U and SR-DVS10U and they work well now.
No dual processors since neither Windows 98 nor ME support multi-processing.
Until Windows 2000 Pro is supported (no NT), RT2000 will continue losing
some of its high-end customers to Pinnacle
DV500, Canopus DV Rex RT and the new Storm. Other than that, RT2000 remains
DV editing platform packing a lot of features for under $1000