In the original DVRaptor design the analog in- and outputs were for overlay only. Pentium MHz and up bumpless switching to hardware overlay is possible only with drivers 2. Thankfully, the power needed to get good results is very accessible, and most currently available PCs should prove more than adequate. And, the multi-source DV Capture utility is a stroke of genius. Input and output are intended to be used for overlay on the VGA-monitor, while the output is also passed straight to an output connector of the same type for an external TV-monitor. Instead of connecting the “audio out” to the TV-monitor you could of course use a separate audio amplifier, or active speakers with built-in amp.
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Canopus DVRaptor RT2 Capture Card – VideoHelp
X10 dvgaptor to offer still have little alternative than to look to the more expensive end of the market – and that’s where Canopus really shines with another product, Storm 2.
Our first test system well exceeded the published minimum, and yet real-time functionality was very unpredictable and heavily limited.
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Things have changed since then, and the task of getting DV footage to and from a computer has become a very simple one. Please check the Canopus website for more info.
In Europe -where I live- most camcorders have DV-out only, which means you will have to look for a way for enabling DV-in. As dvrxptor offerings from Pinnacle and Matrox, it provided real-time output of many effects via analogue channels only – DV output still required rendering. Some graphics boards only support overlay at bit colordepth.
I’m new Contact Us Subscribe Home. We’re assured that Premiere Pro support is coming very soon – it’ll probably be available by the time this review is published – but the drivers were still at a beta stage at the time of writing.
And, the multi-source DV Capture utility is a stroke of genius. And while Adobe Premiere Pro has just been released, we concluded in our tests that it wouldn’t work in tandem with the Raptor RT2. DVRaptor was not designed to capture and playback analog captured files. At the time of going to press, however, we’re told that the board is supported by version 1.
Please note that some TV-monitors only provide video-in, no audio-in. The second system we tested gave excellent results. To make this hardware overlay work, DVRaptor has analog input and output connectors both composite and S-video.
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r2 Editors wanting more than the DV or RT. This will probably make Raptor RT2 quite attractive to anyone that already has a copy of Premiere, but first-timers will have to shell out for editing software. Pentium MHz and up bumpless switching to hardware overlay is possible only with drivers 2.
Smooth moving pictures in the editing- and tt2. Firstly, while Raptor RT2 is designed to work seamlessly with Adobe Premiere 6 and above, the program is not included – Canopus does include EzEdit, its own basic software, but it’s a near certainty that users will be buying the card for use with something better.
You can do this in a somewhat “DIY” style, by soldering a few plugs and a transistor together and change the codes in the camcorder yourself. The Raptor software RaptorVideo allows you to switch between composite and S-video. Instead of connecting the “audio out” to the TV-monitor you could of course use a separate audio amplifier, or active speakers with built-in amp.
Maintained by Mark Newman. If Raptest shows a colorbar after testing, overlay is supported.
Conclusion Despite a very disappointing start, DVRaptor RT2 proved very impressive for real-time playback via analogue channels. I have used different dvrapttor for the different types of connections: Just use it to solve your -or others- problems. What is good is that Canopus’s effects plug-ins are well designed, and have a no-nonsense, business-like feel to them.
For making an analog connection between DVRaptor and other devices you have 2 options: Enabling DV-in afterwards is NOT supported nor advised by the camcorder manufacturers, and is completely for your own risk!
Thankfully, the power needed to get good results is very accessible, and most currently available PCs should prove rtt2 than adequate. To use S-video you have to change this.