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Update: Details on Matrox RTMac Status

Company says 'only a small number of issues remain' By Dave Nagel
Earlier today we reported on another delay in Matrox bringing its RTMac video capture and editing system to Mac OS X. The company has since responded to our request for information on the current status of the OS X port.

There had been some concern from users that development of OS X drivers for the RTMac was further behind than Matrox was letting on. (A public beta driver was expected by the end of April.) But a company representative has told us that "only a small number of issues remain that are preventing a public beta."

"We had anticipated releasing a public beta by the end of April, however, our closed beta testers reported several issues with the last build we sent them that we feel make it unsuitable for public distribution at this time," said Stephen Albanese, product manager-RT series. "The issues reported have to do with intermittent random crashes that we are currently tracing and an issue with A/V sync. It is worth emphasizing that only a small number of issues remain that are preventing a public beta and engineering has focused all of their attention on solving these public beta stoppers."

On the issue of whether or not analog audio and video capture had as yet been implemented, he said, "Analog capture is implemented. We are solving an issue with A/V sync."

Matrox had originally stated that Mac OS X drivers for the now-aging RTMac system would be available by the end of June 2002. This was followed up with statements saying that the release would be out "soon." And, finally, the company provided the end of April 2003 as a target release date for beta drivers available for the public, with full drivers expected by the end of May. This, of course, didn't happen.

"We certainly expected to have a public beta when we made that info available at NAB in the beginning of April," Albanese said.

As always, we'll keep you posted as further details become available. 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 [email protected].

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