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RTMac Brings Real Time to Premiere

New drivers free for current owners By Dave Nagel
Matrox has been promising a real-time system for Adobe Premiere since March, and now it's happened. Earlier this year, the company shipped its RTMac card for Apple's Final Cut Pro NLE. It was the first real-time card for the Macintosh platform. Now the same card has been updated to provide real-time effects for Adobe Premiere.

The new version carries the same stand-alone price of $999, but a bundle with Premiere 6.0 is also available for $1,199. Current owners of both Premiere and the RTMac can download the new drivers for free from the Matrox Web site.

According to Matrox, the RTMac for Premiere offers three layers of video and graphics in real time. We don't have all of the details of the Premiere version yet, but 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.

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.

We reviewed the RTMac for Final Cut Pro back in June. You can read it at For more information from Matrox or to download the new drivers, visit

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 [email protected].

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