Analog Technology is a Dead-end
With the proliferation of digital technologies, numerous hobbyists and semi-professional video enthusiasts have turned to filming with digital DV cameras, such as the
What sets the Matrox RT2500 apart from the RT2000 is its compatibility with 3D graphics adapters from other manufacturers. You are no longer limited to the "Matrox G400 Special Edition", which provides below-average 3D features. Instead, you can combine the RT2500 with a GeForce2/3 or a Radeon graphics card, or other cards. Matrox has also begun bundling drivers for the more stable Windows 2000 operating system with this card. Editing videos under Windows 98 or ME used to cause system instability once the amount of data mushroomed. The focus of this card has been placed on real-time video effects. Transitions, page turns and 3D titles can be inserted in real-time. Such a feature eliminates the long waits required with classical rendering calculated by the CPU - it often takes up much more time than the effects themselves.
Despite the emphasis in digital processing, this card also processes analog video and audio signals from older cameras. You can even connect VHS VCRs to the RT2500. First, however, the signals have to be captured (i.e. converted into digital signals). The card uses the video formats DV or MPEG-2 directly. Any other formats have to be converted using a file converter.