Matrox Ships Mac Realtime Editing Card for Final Cut Pro 2
card also offers dual-monitor support and dual-stream DV capture
Matrox has finally announced the release of its long-awaited RTMac realtime
card for Final Cut Pro 2.0. The card had been announced last year at NAB
and was expected in the third quarter of 2000, but delays in shipping
a realtime version of Final Cut Pro caused the RTMac to be pushed back.
The RTMac, in addition to providing realtime effects, offers dual-stream
DV capture and includes support for a second monitor via a G400
chip built onto the board. (The G400 chip had previously been available
for Windows systems.)
According to a release from Matrox, the card is currently shipping to
resellers and distributors to fulfill order backlogs. It will be available
in the "next few days," according to the release.
The "Matrox Flex 3D" architecture of RTMac exploits the graphics performance
of Matrox's accelerator technology to provide broadcast-quality effects
and 32-bit, uncompressed, animated graphics in a dual-stream, native-DV
editing environment, according to Matrox.
The Matrox RTMac is optimized for Final Cut Pro 2.0 and includes Pixelan's
OrganicFX Lite for a variety of transition effects. Using the RTMac breakout
box, source material from analog devices can be digitized for use in DV
editing projects. Finished projects can be recorded to videotape in real
time for distribution. Full resolution viewing on an NTSC or PAL video
monitor is supported without the need to connect a DV device to the Power
Mac G4. As previously mentioned, dual-screen editing is also supported.
The Matrox RTMac is available for $999. For more information, visit http://www.matrox.com/video.
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