We have just recieved in our first shipment of RT.X2! We are expecting more units to arrive later this week. We are extremely excited about this breakthrough new technology for real-time HDV & DV editing. I made the following post on the matrox RTX.100 discussion board about the RT.X2, and I think it's very important, so I'm adding to todays blog entry: While Premiere alone can edit HDV footage, the workflow is very clunky and slow. HDV footage at 1080i can pass via firewire to the computer, but when it actually comes to editing and working with the footage, you need to be able to handle significantly more data - more like 5 times the data of DV. Add in the complexity in handling the GOP structure of HDV, and it's just not something pure CPU power can handle effectively. With the RT.X2 not only can you handle the HDV streams in real-time, you can mix HDV & DV footage in the same timeline in real-time. You can also color correct in realtime. Talk to HDV editors who are used to real-time DV editing, and they'll be glad to tell you about the pain they're going through working with HDV footage. With RT.X2 the pain is gone, you get the same great workflows you've come to know and love w/ RTX100. Yes, RT.X2 is expensive at 2 grand, but those making money from video and working with HDV footage will find it pays for itself quickly. Click here for more RT.X2 info or to order RT.X2 System Requirements Matrox has done a really good job posting the system recommendations for the RT.X2. It's a multipage report that not only recommends components, but explains why and ranks them.
Designing your Matrox RT.X2 system Your particular workflow requirements and budget will determine the specific components you should choose when designing your Matrox RT.X2 editing system. To get the absolute maximum number of realtime layers and effects, in all cases, you can combine a top-of-the-line computer system, the fastest GPU, and the largest, most robust storage subsystem. If your budget is more modest, there are many tradeoffs you can make to design an editing system that will give you maximum performance to do exactly what you need to do on a daily basis. Matrox RT.X2 relies on the power of your CPU to perform some effects and to decode and encode video streams. It relies on the power of the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) in your system to process Matrox hardware-accelerated effects (Flex GPU effects). Note that what we refer to here as a GPU has various other names that may be more familiar to you, such as display card, graphics card, or VGA adapter. The type and size of storage you require depends largely on the video formats you are using and the number of hours of video you need to maintain online. Understanding your various options in each category will help you design the most economical system for your needs. We have validated a number of computers, display cards, and storage subsystems and provided guidelines to enable you to make an informed choice as you choose the components for your own Matrox RT.X2 editing system or work with your Matrox RT.X2 dealer to specify a turnkey system. Click here for more info on validated configuration afor RT.X2