Plextor Corp. on Monday announced the ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for Mac, created in partnership with EyeTV maker Elgato. The new product combines Elgato’s EyeTV software with Plextor’s USB 2.0-based ConvertX PVR video capture device. ConvertX includes a TV tuner that works with broadcast, cable and satellite TV, and sports an MPEG-2 hardware encoder. Other inputs include RCA composite video, RCA stereo audio and S-video input.
Elgato’s EyeTV software helps manage time-shifting capabilities like pausing live TV, skipping forward, replays, and more. It also provides Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) capabilities, and can export files to iMovie, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro and Roxio Toast Titanium software. EyeTV can also convert video to QuickTime, AVI, MPEG-4 and 3G formats. The ConvertX box itself interfaces your Mac with your analog video sources, enabling you to record that information to your Mac’s hard disk drive.
System requirements for the Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for Mac call for G4/500MHz or faster processor, Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher, 256MB RAM, 20MB free space and USB 2.0. The device is scheduled to ship in North and South America in November 2004. It will cost US$229.99. Plextor’s Web site had not been updated with information on the new device as MacCentral posted this article.