Digital Video Editing: The Matrox RT2500

Ligos MPEG-2 Encoder (Cont'd)

A look at this screenshot shows how long you sometimes have to wait. 2759 frames translate into 110 seconds playing time (with PAL 25 frames/s). The converter needs more than 7 minutes on an Athlon 1400 to process these frames! That's almost four times longer than the actual clip.

We didn't find any universal MPEG-2/DVD player in the RT2500 package, which was a problem. The standard Matrox DVD player is no help at all after the Ligos-LSX conversion. Again, this is just what we observed. Matrox claims that another "Matrox DVD Player" is bundled with the package - perhaps in the depths of some CD-ROM sub-directory. We saved precious time looking for it and used the Asus DVD player instead.

Uwe Scheffel