Matrox, Pinnacle, Canopus and Dazzle are the heavyweights in the market for video-editing solutions. Until now, you had to shell out about $1000 for one of their semi-professional video-editing solutions. But now there's the DVRaptor-RT editing card from
The Lowdown on the DVRaptor-RT
The DVRaptor-RT's slot bracket sports cinch ports as well as an S-VHS port for video and stereo audio output. Here is where you can connect your additional monitor and/ or analog output device. The only input connector provided is an IEEE1394/FireWire port (i-Link), which means that there's no way to capture analog signals. If you're interested in converting analog AV material to a digital format, you can either purchase the analog-digital converter ADVC-100 or try your luck with a device from another manufacturer. So judging by its ports, the DVRaptor-RT is tailor-made for digital camcorders with FireWire connectors. In comparison, its competitor, the pricey Matrox RT2500, comes furnished with ports (breakout box included) that allow simultaneous digital and analog input/ output.