Reprinted from a Plextor press release:
Plextor Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today announced the next generation of the ConvertX Digital Video Converter, a real-time hardware digital video converter and editing device for personal computers. The Model PX-M402U now supports hardware DivX encoding, converting video to DivX in real time while the video is captured to the computer’s hard disk. This can save hours of time for users compared to converting video to DivX after capture using a software encoding program, as well as allow users to store up to 10 hours of video on recordable DVD discs.
The new ConvertX also allows users to edit MPEG-4 and DivX video content, making it faster and easier for users to cut unwanted scenes and add titles, transitions, and special effects. Other new features include DVD VR and Edit-on-Disc, allowing users to capture and burn video directly to writable DVD discs and then edit the content right off the disc itself. Users can edit the interactive menus, change backgrounds, and add or delete video from the disc.
“The new ConvertX Video Capture Box delivers an important set of new features that consumers won’t find anywhere else,” said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. “Users sharing videos with family and friends over peer-to-peer networks will enjoy the new DivX capture support and MPEG-4 editing capabilities, while people who want to make interactive DVDs will benefit from the new DVD VR and Edit on disc support.”
ConvertX Digital Video Converter
ConvertX allows users to capture video to their computer for editing, storing, and sharing. Users simply connect a video source-such as an analog or digital camcorder, DVD player, VCR, or television-to one of ConvertX’s AV connections, which include RCA Composite Audio/Video Input, S-Video Input. ConvertX automatically converts the analog video into a digital format for editing, authoring, and recording on media. Video capture formats include MPEG-1 (VideoCD), MPEG-2, (DVD), MPEG-4, and DivX. ConvertX supports major international video broadcast standards, NTSC, PAL, and SECAM, making it the ideal product for virtually any video source. ConvertX connects to host computers via the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, ensuring that users get the highest possible video capture quality.
InterVideo Software Bundle
ConvertX software is based on InterVideo’s popular WinDVD player and WinDVD Creator products. The software walks users through capturing video, editing it, adding titles, transitions, effects, music, and menus, and finally burning the finished product as a DVD (or VCD), mini-DVD, AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASF, WMV or DivX movie-all with a single program.
WinDVD Player, the world’s most popular DVD player, enables DVD, VCD and MPEG-1/2/4 playback, de-interlace, de-blocking filters, fast forward/rewind (0.5x, 1.5x, 2x, 4x, 8x), reverse play, fast playback with audio up to 2x, and navigation support.
Personal computer system with a 800 MHz or faster processor, 256 MB RAM, 10 GB hard drive; Microsoft Windows XP Pro/Home/2000 operating system; Windows compatible AGP or PCI graphic card; Windows compatible sound card with support for 48-KHz playback (PCI recommended); and USB 2.0 port. A CD-R/RW or RDVD disk drive is required for CD or DVD creation.
Pricing and Availability
The Plextor ConvertX is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers in January 2004 with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $159.00 USD. All product packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty. Reservations for ConvertX are now being accepted at http://www.plextorshop.com.