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Matrox Cuts Price on RTMac

$400 off standalone and Premiere versions By Dave Nagel
Matrox has significantly dropped the price of its RTMac real-time editing board, lopping off a whopping $400. The deal affects both the standalone version and the version bundled with Adobe Premiere, which now come in at $599 and $799, respectively.

The RTMac is a real-time editing board and capture card for the macintosh. Originally designed to provide real-time effects for Apple's Final Cut Pro, it now also supports real-time effects in Adobe Premiere as well.

In Final Cut Pro, the card provides real-time support for the following effects:

  • Dissolve: Cross Dissolve
  • Iris: Cross Iris, Diamond Iris, Oval Iris, Point Iris, Rectangle Iris, Star Iris
  • Slide: Band Slide, Box Slide, Center Split Slide, Multi Spin Slide, Push Slide, Spin Slide, Split Slide, Swap Slide
  • Wipe: Center Wipe, Clock Wipe, Edge Wipe, Insert Wipe, V Wipe.

It also supports real-time motion effects for a video or graphics layer, including scaling, rotation, position, cropping, distortion, drop shadow and opacity. And it supports real-time display of single-layer Photoshop files, as well as JPEGs, PICTs, Targa files and TIFFs, as long as they're created at 720 x 480.

With Adobe Premiere, it supports three layers of video and graphics in real time.

The RTMac includes a breakout box for analog capture. It also provides output to an NTSC or PAL studio monitor as well as a second computer monitor. Matrox has not yet announced plans to support Mac OS X.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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