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Matrox Releases Second RTMac Beta

Update fixes A/V sync issues on Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
Matrox has released a second series of beta drivers for its RTMac card for Mac OS X. According to the company, the new version fixes several issues reportedly affecting the initial release and also includes a Mac OS X-native version of the firmware updater. The beta drivers are available now.

The Matrox RTMac is a combination video capture system (PCI card with breakout box) and graphics accelerator, providing support for a second Mac monitor on the capture card. Matrox launched its initial set of beta drivers for Mac OS X back in June owing to demand from users, though there were still some known issues with the software. The new version fixes A/V sync issues in NTSC and PAL, as well as A/V sync for playback. The company has also released a MAc OS X version of the RTMac firmware updater, which was previously available for pre-OS X Macintosh systems. The new release also includes French and German beta drivers, offering support for Apple's Final Cut Pro through version 3.0. (The English version supports Final Cut Pro 4.)

Matrox cautions that these drivers are in beta form and are provided as-is. The company does not recommend switching drivers in the middle of a project and also suggests backing up data prior to installation of the beta software. The drivers are available now for free for registered RTMac users. For more information, visit

Contact the author: 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, Mac OS, 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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