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Pinnacle Pro-ONE RTDV

There used to be only one company in the mainstream providing real-time editing via DV and analogue channels. The competition is only now catching up, and we take a look at Pinnacle's offering, the Pro-ONE RTDV.

When Pinnacle and Matrox brought 'real-time' DV editing cards into the mainstream, we saw a lot of hype and a lot of excitement over their ability to preview selected transitions and video effects without the need to render first. It was a move that encouraged experimentation, and helped keep the editing process fluid, but these real-time previews were limited to analogue channels only. Even real-time effects would need to be rendered for output via DV - often a marathon task if the entire project has been colour-corrected or watermarked. While Matrox and Pinnacle slugged it out in the mainstream, Canopus was doing good business with its DV Rex RT and DV Storm cards - excellent hardware which offers real-time output via DV, though priced much higher than the Pinnacle DV500 or Matrox RT2500.

Matrox and Pinnacle have now addressed the need for better real-time functionality, however, and Pinnacle's offering is geared to compete directly with Storm, with a price tag of around £750. Rather than create and market a new product range from scratch, Pinnacle has done the sensible thing and introduced its latest real-time board as an updated version of its Pro-ONE card. Pro-ONE RTDV has little difference in functionality to the original Pro-ONE, save for the addition of real-time previewing via FireWire.

As a real-time board, the Pro-ONE RTDV is a much more serious product than the DV500 or standard Pro-ONE. While the ability to preview effects immediately over analogue channels has always been a distinct bonus, real-time output via FireWire enables users to take more control over the actual look of their videos, applying colour correction filters to long-form projects without having to waste time and hard drive space in rendering for output to DV tape.

RTDV's real-time performance isn't as impressive as that of Canopus's Storm - which now supports five video streams in real-time. But it works out considerably cheaper when you take into account its MPEG encoding hardware - Storm, by comparison, requires a daughterboard for hardware-assisted MPEG output, costing around £400.

As a DV editing card in its own right, Pro-ONE proved to be a good, stable performer, doing pretty much everything it said on the box. We don't expect it to stamp out the competition, but we're sure it will make choosing a real-time editing card far more difficult at the sub-£1,000 price point.

Peter Wells

Read the full review in January 2003's Computer Video magazine.



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