My firm wants to move to MPEG-2 video technology. I have the mandate of finding the best hardware/software setup which will allow me to render MPEG-2 videos for DVD playback. We currently capture into AVI format using a quite old Matrox Rainbow Runner, and do most of the editing into Adobe Premiere 5.1 RT.
I've been shopping the Web and found out about various Optibase MPEG-2 real-time capture cards, which look quite fine.
What I care about though is the editing part. Adobe Premiere doesn't directly support MPEG-2 editing. Plugins might be available though, so they say.

So all in all, what do you suggest?

1.Keep on capturing/editing using our current configuration and render the final product into MPEG-2 encoders? If so, what CPU setup do you suggest.

2.Go for the realtime MPEG-2 capture card, and use the correct plugin or software suite? (which I know nothing about). Again, what's the ideal CPU setup.

Please, post your comments or knowledge. Any help would be highly appreciated.