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HD to DVD Workflow for Matrox RT.X2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

HD video has been around for more than a few years now, and HD editing has been supported for a couple of generations with Premiere Pro. One would assume then that all the kinks have been worked out regarding the HD editing workflow, especially with the latest release of Premiere Pro CS4. Yet for all its power and rich feature set, CS4 is still lacking in one fundamental area – it can’t do a decent export of HD material to DVD! Whether moving to HD shooting by choice, or by necessity of replacing aging SD gear, more and more videographers...

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Matrox support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

Adobe has recently released their Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2 updates. Matrox is working on drivers to support this new release and expect compatible drivers for the Matrox MXO2 Mini and Matrox CompressHD to be available next week. Drivers for Matrox Axio and Matrox RT.X2 are expected in December. Until the appropriate Matrox drivers become available, we recommend that users do not upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 4.2 and Adobe Media Encoder CS4 4.2. You should turn off automatic updates to prevent auto-installs...

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How Should I Encode Audio for My DVD?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

There are 3 kinds of audio that can be used when authoring DVDs. Dolby Digital (AC-3) – compressed audio with a very high quality, taking up very little space on the DVD. This allows you to encode the video at a higher data rate for better quality since you have more space available for video content. Dolby is the preferred choice for DVD audio. PCM – uncompressed audio, no different than a “.wav” file in your editing software. Two hours of PCM audio can take up over 1GB, which is a good portion of your DVD, leaving less room...

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Live Capture using Matrox MXO2 Mini

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Today’s handheld HD camcorders offer amazing quality for their cost and size, but there is a price to be paid for the portability – the video is captured using compression. Without compression, the video files would be so large that the camera’s recording capacity would be used up in a matter of minutes! There are several types of compression that can be applied to reduce the overall size of the video file. The first thing to go is color resolution. When all the color information is kept in a digital video file, it is referred to as...

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Realtime AVCHD editing with Panasonic and Edius NEO2

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Grass Valley has announced that their EDIUS NEO2 software is being updated with the “Booster” package to provide realtime native editing of AVCHD, eliminating the need to transcode footage prior to editing. No other NLE software provides realtime AVCHD editing, so this is exciting news for users. The EDIUS NEO2 software has been bundled with the Panasonic AG-HCM150 and AG-HCM70 camcorders for some time now, and is also being included with the new AG-HCM40 units. Users that purchased their Panasonic camera on or after October 9,...

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MPEG-2 or H.264 for Blu-ray disc?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

When encoding video for Blu-ray disc, you can use MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding. MPEG-2 is used for DVD, but a much higher data rate is used for HD content on Blu-ray, so the image can be quite good. The benefit of H.264 is that at the lower data rates used to fit long programs on a disc, H.264 is more efficient than MPEG-2 and will produce a better quality. At higher data rates though, this advantage is less apparent. Considering that H.264 takes about 5x as long to encode as MPEG-2, you must decide whether the content is worth the extra hours of...

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To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade – A Brief Guide for RTX2 Users

Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Tutorials | 0 comments

I often get questions from customers seeking advice about upgrading their RTX2 systems. If you are one of the many RTX2 users out there with an older system and Adobe CS3, there is one important consideration before upgrading your software. If you are running the RTX2 with Adobe CS3 on an older machine and you would like to upgrade to CS4, please make sure that your motherboard or system is on the approved list from Matrox. You can find the list by following this link – ...

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Updates to DVD Export Settings for MXO2 CS5.5 Users

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Matrox, Tutorials | 0 comments

Updates to DVD Export Settings for MXO2 CS5.5 Users

If you?re using Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 on the PC with Matrox MXO2 hardware, there?s some important information we?d like you to be aware of to get the best DVD export quality. This info only pertains to exporting “MPEG-2 for DVD” from a Matrox NTSC sequence ? if you?re using a Matrox HD or Matrox PAL sequence, the cropping does not apply and you may disregard these instructions. With the CS4 drivers for MXO2, a Matrox NTSC project was 720×480, but starting with CS5, Matrox changed this to 720×486. Since DVD uses...

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Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in Adobe, Adobe (Licenses), AdobeTutorials, Tutorials | 0 comments

Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5

In this brief video, Worldwide Product Evangelist Jason Levine will explain the basis of transcoding, showcasing the workflow outside of CS5; he”ll then show you what a native workflow is all about in Premiere Pro CS5, and explain some scenarios for staying native or moving to an intermediate codec. This video also points out some of the misconceptions about transcoding, but also highlights some of the round-tripping capabilities of CS5 with FCP and...

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Adobe Premiere Pro 3D Stereoscopic Realtime Editing

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010 in Adobe, Adobe (Licenses), AdobeTutorials, Tutorials | 0 comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 3D Stereoscopic Realtime Editing

In this 7 part series, Dave Helmly walks you through a complete 3D Stereo workflow with Premiere Pro CS5. This is a start to finish workflow and a must see for anyone getting started with 3D Stereo. It covers Active , Passive and Anaglyph viewing as well how to play your videos on a consumer 3D TV. This features a new 64 bit CS5 plug-in called Cineform neo 3d HD. Part 1 of 7 Part 2 of 7 Part 3 of 7 Part 4 of 7 Part 5 of 7 Part 6 of 7 Part 7 of 7 Make sure to subscribe to our blog to receive more tips and...

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