Mac Users Rejoice: Plextor & Elgato Announce PVR Solution for the Mac

Posted on 15 November 2004 by

Plextor is making a flavor of it’s ConvertX PVR for the mac that will work in conjunction with Elgato’s EyeTV application. We’ve got a review of the PC version of the Plextor ConvertX nearly ready to come out of the oven, and will be watching what happens on the Mac front.

Snippets from the press release:

Plextor Teams with Elgato to Introduce USB 2.0 Personal Video
Recorder for Macintosh Computer

The Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for the Mac combines award-winning Elgato EyeTV software with Plextor’s ConvertX PVR video capture device with built-in TV tuner. The new ConvertX PVR for the Mac uses a real-time MPEG-2 hardware encoder to capture and compress broadcast, cable, or satellite TV to a hard drive.

During live TV viewing, Elgato EyeTV software supports all the time-shifting features normally associated with PVRs, including pausing live TV, skipping forward, and instant replays. The EyeTV electronic programming guide (EPG) allows users to schedule TV
recordings with a single mouse click. Users can edit video scenes using EyeTV software, or they can export files into popular Macintosh software like Apple’s iMovie, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, or Roxio Toast Titanium. EyeTV also can convert video into other popular video formats such as QuickTime, AVI, MPEG-4, and 3G.

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Plextor Teams with Elgato to Introduce USB 2.0 Personal Video
Recorder for Macintosh Computer

Watch, Pause, and Record Live TV on the Mac

FREMONT, Calif. – November 15, 2004 – Plextor® Corp., a leading
developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media
equipment, has teamed with Elgato, a worldwide leader in digital
video recording for the Macintosh, introducing the first Hi-Speed USB
2.0 Personal Video Recorder for the Macintosh computer.

The Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for the Mac combines
award-winning Elgato EyeTV software with Plextor’s ConvertX PVR
video capture device with built-in TV tuner. The new ConvertX PVR
for the Mac uses a real-time MPEG-2 hardware encoder to capture and
compress broadcast, cable, or satellite TV to a hard drive. ConvertX
PVR also supports RCA composite audio/video input and S-Video input
connections for capturing home video from other sources such as
camcorders, DVD players, and VCRs.

During live TV viewing, Elgato EyeTV software supports all the
time-shifting features normally associated with PVRs, including
pausing live TV, skipping forward, and instant replays. The EyeTV
electronic programming guide (EPG) allows users to schedule TV
recordings with a single mouse click. Users can edit video scenes
using EyeTV software, or they can export files into popular Macintosh
software like Apple’s iMovie, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, or Roxio Toast
Titanium. EyeTV also can convert video into other popular video
formats such as QuickTime, AVI, MPEG-4, and 3G.

“When the Macintosh integrated FireWire into the computer years ago,
it unleashed the first real wave of home video editing, and now Mac
users are looking to do even more with video on their computers,”
said Dirk Peters, director of marketing, Plextor. “With the ConvertX
PVR, users get the ability to record all their favorite TV shows to
their Mac in the MPEG-2/DVD format, which not only saves tremendous
amounts of hard disk space, but also is the correct format for
burning to a DVD disc for playback in a home DVD player.”

“Partnering with an international quality hardware manufacturer like
Plextor, Elgato is able to focus on developing the best possible
software for customers,” said Freddie Geier, CEO, Elgato. “The USB
2.0 solution at the price point of $229 USD has an unbeatable
price-performance ratio.”

Recommended System:
Macintosh computer with minimum PowerPC® G4 500Mhz or G5 processor;
Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher and 256MB of RAM (512MB recommended); 20 MB
free space for software installation and USB 2.0 connection. Roxio
Toast 6 Titanium is recommended for CD or DVD creation.

Pricing and Availability
The Plextor ConvertX Personal Video Recorder for Mac is scheduled for
shipment to distributors and resellers in North and South America in
November 2004. The ConvertX
Personal Video Recorder for Mac has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail
Price (MSRP) of $229.99 USD.

About Elgato Systems
Elgato Systems (www.elgato.com) creates award-winning hardware and
software products, combining the benefits of the Macintosh computer
with popular consumer electronics devices such as the TV to create
the ultimate digital home. With their premiere product, EyeTV, Elgato
is a worldwide leader in digital video recording for the Macintosh.
Founded in 1992 by Dr. Markus Fest, the inventor of Toast CD
recording software, and led by CEO Freddie Geier, Elgato is a
privately held company with its headquarters in Munich, Germany and a
US subsidiary in San Francisco, California.

About Plextor
Plextor Corp. is a leading developer and manufacturer of
high-performance digital media equipment for professionals,
consumers, and enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley since
1990, Plextor has introduced generations of award-winning products,
including digital video converters and CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and
DVD±R/RW optical disk drives. Plextor is privately owned by Shinano
Kenshi Co., Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of advanced technology
hardware and precision electronic equipment headquartered in Japan.
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Plextor is a registered trademark and ConvertX is a trademark of
Plextor Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective holders. Elgato is a registered trademark and EyeTV is a
registered trademark of Elgato Corp.