Great DV Shootout 2002
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Feature Matrix

(Note: bold face type shows reviewer’s preference, no bold face means roughly equal)

Canopus DVStorm SE Plus

Pinnacle Pro-ONE

Matrox RT2500

Price $1299 $1199

$899

Processor/RAM/OS provided by vendor for testing (all were turnkey systems)

Dual AMD Athlon MP 1.2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 2000

AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 98 SE

Dual Intel XEON 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Windows 2000, Windows XP (dual boot)

Analog  I/O

Video - S-video (Y/C), composite I/O

Audio – Stereo in/out

Video – S-video (Y/C), composite I/O

Audio – Stereo in/out

Video - S-video (Y/C), composite I/O

Audio – Stereo in/out

Digital Video I/O DV (IEEE-1394) 4-pin DV (IEEE-1394) 6-pin (x2) DV (IEEE-1394) 6-pin

Breakout Box

Yes (5 inch bay)

Yes (desktop w/ 6’ cable) Yes
Capture Digital Audio Only (w/o video) Yes No Yes
Deck Control - Allows user control a external camera or deck for capture and output DV (IEEE 1394) DV (IEEE 1394) DV (IEEE-1394)

Editing Format  - Format used for source clips while editing

DV format DV format

DV, DVCAM, DVCPRO, NTSC 4:1:1, PAL 4:1:1 and 4:2:0,  MPEG-2 4:2:2 I-Frame from 10 to 25 Mbps

Hardware CODEC(s) - Hardware used for compression and decompression of the video source Canopus DV hardware CODEC Yes

C-Cube DVxpress-MX25

Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9 4:3, 16:9 4:3, 16:9
TV Standards NTSC, PAL NTSC NTSC, PAL
Real Time Video Filters - Filters available in real time

24+ (Including color correction, chroma & luma keying)

9 14+ (Including Page Curl, Blur, Mask, Distortion, Brightness, Contrast, RGB Gain, RGB Offset, 3D Tiles, Particles, 2D PIP, 3D PIP, Cropping, Transform)
Real Time Audio Filters -- Filters available in real time 9+ 0

All of Adobe’s

Real Time Titles

10+ tracks (depending on CPU speed) Static and moving

Static, moving, and 3D motion path Static and moving with 3D positioning
Real Time Graphic Overlay (alpha channel) 10+ tracks (depending on CPU speed) Static and moving Static, moving, and 3D motion path

Static and moving with 3D positioning

Maximum number of Real-Time effects

Scalable Technology (Increase CPU Speed = More Real-Time features)

Up to 10 real-time effects rendered in hardware, CPU independent. No dropped frames 6
Real-Time DV timeline output

Yes

No No
Output Formats

DV, analog video, WMV, QuickTime, MPEG-1, 2,  DVD, DVD on CD

DV, analog video, WMV, QuickTime, MPEG-1,2, DVD, MotionCD DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MediaExport for accelerated Windows Media and Real, QuickTime.
O/S Support Win 98, NT, 2000, Win Me, XP Win98, ME, 2000, XP Win 98 SE, Me, 2000, XP
Bundled Software Adobe Premiere 6.0, StormEdit, Boris Graffiti Ltd, ACID, Web Video Wizard, XplodeBasics, DVDit! LE, SoftMPEG Encoder Adobe Premiere | 6.0, Pinnacle Impression DVD SE, Pinnacle DV Tools, HollywoodFX-RT, TitleDeko-RT, AlphaMagic Adobe Premiere 6.0, Inscriber Title Express, Ligos LSX-MPEG LE, Sonic Foundry, Acid Music, Pixélan Video SpiceRack Lite, DVDit! LE, Matrox MediaTools, Matrox MediaExport
Real time “film look”

Yes

No No
Real time Color Correction with Waveform and Vectorscope

Yes

No No
>Real time Chroma and Luma key

Yes

No No
Field-based Speed change(Slow motion) Yes, but jerky at all speeds tested, deemed by reviewer to be unusable Yes, but jerky at all speeds tested, deemed by reviewer to be unusable No, Frame-based, jerky at all speeds tested, , deemed by reviewer to be unusable
Two simultaneous channels of Slow motion Yes, up to three, but deemed by reviewer to be unusable Yes, but deemed by reviewer to be unusable Yes, but deemed by reviewer to be unusable
Two simultaneous channels of Image Correction Yes, up to three Yes No, 1
Combine multiple 3D transitions on timeline No Yes No
Combine multiple filters on multiple clips

Yes

Yes

No
Real time video output during all effects decisions Yes Yes Yes (both analog output and VGA overlay)
Edge-dragging visible in NTSC monitor

Yes

No No
Real time Image Stabilization

No

Yes, but reduces resolution and makes image look more unstable than it was in the first place, deemed unusable by reviewer

No

Two simultaneous Picture-in-Picture videos with moving background Yes

Yes, PiPs can be adjusted for rounded-off corners, a nice feature

No
Combine up to ten effects and filters and play back in real time Yes, more than ten possible (depending on CPU speed), but this means calling things like a border an “effect” Yes, but this means calling things like a border an “effect” 6, but this means calling things like a border an “effect”
Ability to use 3D objects/models as part of 3D transition Four limited 3D DVE effects, Xplode Professional ($399, sold separately)

Yes, with Hollywood FX RT, but it’s a crippled version, constant nagging you to upgrade

No
Create broadcast looks like "Sports Slate" and "Dateline" in real-time No

Yes

Yes – broadcast look with real time blur, mattes, and 3D text peel
Have up to two video and four objects animated in real time No

Yes

No
Advanced keyframing on almost every aspect of 3D effect No

Yes, keyframing interface judged best

Yes
Ability to use Bitmaps, .PSD, TIFF as well as .TGA with effects in real-time Yes Yes Yes – with 32-bit TGA
Filtering quality on tight perspective and PIP PIP – Excellent (tight perspective N/A) Good

Excellent, much better overall quality

Filtering quality on zoom n/a Good

Excellent, much better overall quality

Softness on 3D object edges No Yes – keyframeable edge softness. on some effects, pre-defined soft edges in Hollywood-FX

Yes

Borders and drop shadows 2D DVE with no softness 2D DVE – ultra-smooth, key-frameable drop shadows

2D and 3D DVE

True drop shadow on graphics/title overlay No

Partial -  Drop shadows can be added to titles in TitleDeko-RT

Yes

Page curl keyframeable in true 3D space No Yes

Yes

Cropping (adjustable overscan) Yes Yes – crop on overscan at capture Yes
Keyframeable blur combined with 3D DVE No No Yes, but it’s not really a blur, more like a shower-door effect
WYSIWYG for Adobe After Effects Video Out plug-in for After Effects (sold separately, $249) No

Yes

Keyframeability Limited

Extensive (infinite)

Extensive
All layers visible when editing filters No Yes Yes
Accurate positioning of graphics using DVE Yes Yes Yes
Effects applicable to graphics All real time effects applicable to graphics as well as video Yes Yes
Horizontal flip (crossing line of axis) No Yes Yes
Real time single pass DV scan and capture No, (scan, select scenes capture. workflow) No, (scan, select scenes capture. workflow)

Yes, best auto-capture utility, captures quickly, accurately and continuously, easiest to use

DV Scan/capture applet eliminates pre-roll between each clip No No

Yes, captures quickly, accurately and continuously

View video on NTSC monitor during DV input and output

Yes

No, Preview on VGA monitor

Yes

Simultaneous 4-channel audio capture Yes No, 2 channel

Yes

MPEG-2 I-frame capture and editing No No

Yes

MPEG-2 IBP capture from analog for DVD No

No

Yes


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