Does the Matrox or Storm encode all formats in realtime? Such as VCD and the other lesser quality codecs. I want to utililize as much of a DVD as possible for archiving my VHS and SVHS tapes since DVD quality is not possible with the lesser quality source tapes that I have.
With the Matrox RT.X100 you can do the following...
1-Capture from any source to M2V (DVD) directly
2-Export your DV project to M2V (DVD) in realtime
3-For those lesser quality codecs, Matrox has what they call Matrox Media Export, which utilizes your CPU to encode, now depends how fast your system is, you can enocde to Windows Media or VCD at 2x or faster realtime.
4-You can leverage other applications such as Media Studio Pro, Windows Movie Maker etc. and capture directly to VCD or Windows Media using the supplied software codec on the RT.X100.
Matrox realtime export for DVD is truly realtime with a recommended system configuration. With my dual Athlon 2100, I benchmarked the following:
VCD 0.84:1 (faster than realtime)
HQ VCD 0.94:1 (also faster than realtime)
SVCD 1.87:1 (almost double realtime)
Real Player DSL 0.57:1
Real Player 56k 0.2:1
Windows Media DSL 0.73:1
Windows Media 56k 0.23:1