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Matrox RT.X2 - Realtime HD Video Editing - Matrox RT.X2 - Realtime HD Video Editing

By James Morris



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Matrox RT.X2 - Realtime HD Video Editing


Our Score:


The real deal

So the RT.X2 wins a high score for its capture and editing preview options, but what about the editing capabilities themselves? Here, again, RT.X100 users will find themselves in a new world. As the RT.X2 is based on Axio rather than the RT.X architecture, the effects plug-ins are entirely different. In fact, Matrox has entirely integrated them into Premiere Pro 2, so they work within the latter’s interface rather than via pop-up applets. The RT.X2 is also missing many of the RT.X100’s more esoteric effects, including 3D tiles, particle effects, twirls and cubes. These may be added at a later date, but they’re not ones you’d use everyday anyway.

What you do get are a host of professionally oriented CPU and GPU effects. As well as primary and secondary colour correction, there’s very intuitive chroma and luma keying, and the Premiere Pro clip speed controls operate in real time. Again, the range of transitions is more pedestrian than the RT.X100, but many of Adobe Premiere Pro’s options are rendered in real time in SD and accelerated in HD. Matrox has supplied its own motion control filter, too, which brings the third dimension and borders to the mix.

You can add blur, glow and soft focus. There’s a lens flare – an old favourite on the RT.X100 – and various mask effects, plus pan and scan. Perhaps the most whacky options are crystallise, surface finish, and old movie. The first of these makes your footage look like it’s made of crystal glass, whilst surface finish lets you emboss it with various materials such as bricks, wood, or metal. The old movie effect offers the ability to add noise, dust, scratches, jitter, flicker, and a number of other blemishes. In fact, it has about as much control as the equivalent effect in Boris Continuum Complete – one of the best software filters around. But we felt it could have done with a few presets to get you started.

You’re also encouraged to try out as much as you like, as the RT.X2 provides about the best real-time editing performance we’ve seen. Previously, Canopus’s EDIUS range of products have held the crown for being able to mix multiple streams of video in real time. Although you clearly need a powerful system to get the best out of it, even our slower Opteron 270-based Gladiator workstation was able to play six streams of DV with a filter and 3D DVE on each without noticeably skipping frames. The Gladiator struggled with more than two layers of HD MPEG-2 I-frame footage, but the HP workstation managed three of HDV, and still achieved a usable frame-rate when mixing four streams of HDV, although it did skip frames. You can also mix SD and HD footage with ease, with specific support for upscaling SD to HD and downscaling in the other direction. The RT.X2 won’t allow you to output via FireWire whilst editing, though, leaving you to use the Export to Tape feature in Premiere Pro instead.

ed barton

June 12, 2009, 6:56 pm

This card isn't worth looking at.

It requires such a high spec workstation (in terms of memory, processor and gfx card) in order to work, that unless you are editing HD, you'd be better off using the workstation without the card.

Accelerated export is NOT available to users running Adobe CS4 products, and Matrox have no intention of making that feature available. I'll just say that again, NO ACCELERATED EXPORT UNDER ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS4!!!

You can render faster than realtime with a high speed workstation anyway, plus matrox haven't bothered to implement multithreading so one's nice multi-core workstation chugs along on a single core!

And finally with regards to HD, the card only supports HDV format, AVCHD, P2, etc are not natively supported. Anyway you must capture (via component input, no HDMI) any HD footage you want. This hardly speeds up your workflow.

Don't believe me, have a gander at http://forum.matrox.com/rtx2/v...


January 26, 2013, 5:38 pm

I can`t even read the review since all these Ashley ads pop up and another pops up when I hit close. Later

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