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  • MigraineBoy

    April 21, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Hi everybody!

    I am thinking about buying the matrox xtreme pro and i would like to have your opinion about it… I currently work with Adobe Premiere 2 but i have some doubts if i can change to avid and continue to work with the matrox. In their site they only refer to the Adobe products. Does anyone have experience with this?

    Thanks

  • Steve Freebairn

    April 21, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    I owned a Matrox RTx100 extremem pro, I sold it to use a dual core. If you plan on switching to avid, then don’t get the matrox, since it is only compatible with premiere. Have you checked out cards from Black Magic or Aja? I’d go with one of them anyday over the RTX100, it did what it was supposed to, but it also has a lot of limits. Premiere with a dual core works better without than with an Rtx100, unless you are using only there supported effects. If you ever do photo montages or effects that aren’t supported, then things start getting sluggish.

  • Aaron Strader

    April 21, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Honestly,

    I’d hold off and see how this X2 product plays out at NAB. It’s their new capture card and has built in support for HD and HDV along with all the features of the RTX100. If it does what it promises for a cost effective solution, it’d be worth holding off a few months till reviews come out for it.

    Avid’s not really a prudent solution. I’ve yet to see an Avid that rendered quickly. Avid gets by a lot on name alone, IMO. I think their editing is perfect for filmmakers that edited film and are going digital. But for a new user, you’ll be confounded for a good long while, and you’ll find your skill set doesn’t apply directly to any other editing software (which is fine for some, since most Avid users tend to be very insular about their purchase)

    All said and done, I like my RTX100. I don’t have the cash, nor the business to do upgrades like crazy, so as much as I’d like a dual AMD system, it ain’t happening anytime soon. I also like having the WYSIWYG output and the realtime MPEG2 rendering is nice too, for my system’s specs are about 2 years old.

  • MigraineBoy

    April 21, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    Well…i guess i’m going the wrong way!

    I’m a beginer so i would ask for your patience…I will explain what i would like to have ultimately: A card that would be compatible with all the softwares i use (Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop, Combustion and probably Avid too); that accepts firewire, s-video, composite and more would be good); with smooth real time working for all effects and external monitor preview.

    Is this possible? And if so what do you recommend?

  • jarheck

    April 21, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    I like Steve have since upgraded my system and no longer use the RTX 100. The system does do as advertised if you have a system that is on Matrox’s supported list, I mainly used the card for its extemely fast green screen work, but now it just sits in a box. If any one is interested I would gladly sell it for a very reasonable price w/o the adobe software, otherwise it is going on ebay here in the next few days. Just shoot me an email [email protected].

  • Tom Maloney

    April 21, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    Check around here after NAB ,I may be selling my complete Matrox RT100 system, going to FCP that what the company I work for uses.

    Itis a complete system, 3 hds, Matrox Parilla video card, M audio sound card all Adobe products works fine for me

    Later
    Tom

  • david aretsky

    May 4, 2006 at 9:44 am

    If you are planning to use the new Adobe programs AE 7 / PP2 then dont get the rtx100 as I have one and right now it has no support except “beta” for the whole suite, and that does not work with my “approved system”. With AMD dual it will for sure not work as it is not supported. (this is my problem as I want to upgrade).

    The Matrox works GREAT with PP1.5 and AE 6.5 and I love it everyday, but when I move up to my Adobe Suite software and dual AMD system I will have to buy the blackmagic card or wait and see what pans out with the upcomming X2 Matrox board.

    Also RTX will NEVER SUPPORT HDV only a 720×480 picture. It’s good at what is was made for but I think with the new Adobe programs it is a BAD investment.

    Wait for the X2 or look at blackmagic or AJA.

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