Bij Full On 3D hebben ze er een review bij van de Matrox Marvel G400-TV, een een video-editing kaart met 16Mb geheugen en hardwarematige MJPEG codec. De review is erg uitgebreid, dus als je interesse in dit kaartje hebt zeker het lezen waard.
The bundled software is also good. The PC-VCR matrox utility is excellent. Avid Cinema, although targeted at the home movie market, does have unlimited time-line output. Photo Express is nice and there are even a couple of full game titles thrown in for good measure. Perhaps my only criticism is the lack of output options from the Matrox edition of LSX MPEG-2 transcoder. An upgrade can be acquired, but I think it should have been included with the bundle. Luckily the output options of Avid Cinema reduce this shortcoming. Also the Matrox DVD player was not one of the best Iíve ever seenóbut you canít have everything ;-)
Good software; G400 performance; superb desktop image quality; excellent capture & playback qualityóno wonder Matrox is calling this bundle their "Swiss Army Knife" package!
Unfortunately this "all-in-one" approach is somewhat of a double-edged sword. I have no doubt that the video capture quality of the Marvel G400-TV will suffice for a very long time to come, but can the same be said for its gameplay performance? I only wish that the Marvel connector box came separately as an extension to any Matrox card. I guess that we really are starting to enter a time when two AGP slots are required.
But I donít want to finish on a negative note, and the Matrox Marvel G400-TV certainly doesnít deserve it.
If you intend on doing some top quality home-movie making in the near future and you donít want to sell your daughter into slavery to raise the capital, then the Matrox Marvel G400-TV is the hardware for you. Especially if youíre not fussed about playing 21st century games at 100fps!