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|Plextor ConvertX PVR PX-TV402U||Tv Tuner
|Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP
Vista NT4? MAC Linux
*based on user reports.
|Description (from the manufacturer site)|
| The Plextor ConvertX PVR model PX-TV402U is the ultimate personal video recorder for the PC. The PX-TV402U allows you to connect to a satellite TV, cable TV or broadcast TV signal and record programs to your PC. You can then watch the video from the PC or burn it to DVD for playback on a DVD player. You can also connect a camcorder, VCR or DVD player to record home videos to the PC. The heart of the PX-TV402U is its multi-format encoder chip which converts video to the DivX®, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 formats as it is being recorded to the PC.
The PX-TV402U is the world’s first DivX Certified PVR. Recording video in the DivX format gives users the ability to record 3 times as much video as normal without sacrificing quality. It also gives you the ability to record video into resolutions perfectly suited for playback on portable and handheld devices. The PX-TV402U contains an integrated high quality TV tuner to assure the highest quality video. The PX-TV402U is an external USB 2.0 device which connects to a PC running Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
Easy and Powerful Software Has Everything You Need
The PX-TV402U has the worlds most powerful and easiest to use suite of software. Intervideo WinDVR™ software is included to watch live TV, pause live TV and record programs. WinDVR’s integrated electronic programming guide(EPG) allows you to schedule recording of programs so they will record even if you are not there. The PX-TV402U also comes with Intervideo WinDVD Creator™ software for capturing, editing and sharing home videos as well as for authoring interactive DVDs.
Unmatched Service and Support
The ConvertX PX-TV402U is backed by Plextor’s industry leading service and support program. Plextor offers a one-year full warranty (parts, labor or replacement).
Total Solution Features
Part # (retail kit): PX-TV402U-NA (External) (Box Contents)
First Official DivX Certified PC PVR Product
Hardware Encode to DivX, MPEG-4, MPEG-2/DVD and MPEG-1/VCD
Watch, Pause and Record Live TV
High-Quality TV Tuner Included
Free Electronic Programming Guide (EPG)
Schedule Recording For When You Are Away
Composite Video, S-Video, Composite Audio, RF/Coaxial Inputs
DivX Certified Hardware and DivX Licensed Software
InterVideo WinDVR and WinDVD Creator Software Included
USB 2.0 Interface for Best Quality Video
Burn Direct-to-Disc and Edit-on-Disc Supported
One-year full warranty (parts, labor or replacement)
For me, it did not work on win7sp1 x64 Ultimate. Not even the device was detected. So I tried the Windows Xp virtual PC mode on win7 and it did not fully work either: I didnot have picture onéy sound.
Could anyone make it work in WinXP mode?
Comments posted by la7low from Hungary, September 19, 2011:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 5 of 10.
Forget WinDVR 5, the bundled software that may or may not run in Vista or Win 7. SageTV works GREAT, up to and including Win 7. Even if you have to buy it, it's still less that a new vidcap card.
Comments posted by 91011 from United States, November 08, 2009:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
Intigued by tirtho's comment below about getting the PX-TV402U to work with Win 7 Ultimate but don't quite understand how he did it and can't figure a way to PM him.
My experience with Win 7 Ultimate is: The Plextor TV402U_2022c driver installs and the device is seen by 7. The Win DVR software with the 3 updates also installs, runs and offers the Plextor as available but it is not possible to select the Plextor capture option.
Comments posted by 91011 from United States, November 06, 2009:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
(I cannot support anyone with installation issues if you do
not have exact same version of Vista being Ultimate or
Windows 7 Ultimate with all updates it may not work for
PX-TV402U is not designed to be compatible with Anything
other then windows XP,
With that being said anything beyond this support is a
The current support for this item is as follows:
1. Support for all versions of Mac 10.4, 10.5 ( EyeTV trial
provides required drivers even if you own the PC only
version) it will still work.
2. Support for Windows XP
3. Support for Windows Vista only tested on Windows Ultimate
with current updates all applied as of Oct 23 2009, Will
provide updated XLOADER driver for this device
4. Support for Windows 7 Ultimate, only with all updates
applied similar XLOADER driver comes up uses the same Vista
5. Support for MythTV ( Linux PVR ) with SUSE 9-11.1, the
go7007 original driver compiles for Suse 9.1,9.2,9.3,10,
10.1 without any patches any version beyond that requires
patches to be applied found here: using latest patches found
It works, if it doesnt work for you, format your machine and
start from the beginning again. I have had this device
working on multiple operating systems for the past 4 years.
At one time I was so frustrated I was planning to sell both
my units on ebay only to find they worked flawlessly using
Mythtv as a PVR with my commercials erased like TIVo, the
quality is OK, it boils down to dealing with an Analog
source, it does what it does well. Plextor themselves do
not support anything beyond XP so dont even bother asking
them its a shame they havnt bother with this device because
its a great product if used correctly.
Just try to find a sucker on ebay that will sell it to you
because they cant get it working themselves :)
Comments posted by tirtho from Canada, November 04, 2009:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista NT4? MAC Linux - Rated: 10 of 10.
This DOES work with Vista, you need to download WinDVD Creator 3 (DVD creator 2 that comes with the item blows), it the first program I know of that works, and you can use the 126.96.36.199 drivers that are in windows update.
Works with Windows XP out of the box.
Exact same hardware as the Mac version, you just need to purchase EyeTV to use it with OSX.
I'm rating it high because it is really easy to swap between a Mac and Vista PC, and that's the reason I bought it. The picture quality is excellent, and there is only a delay of a fraction of a second from the A/V cables (on OSX, once you find the settings). It only gets a 9 instead of a 10 because there is no HD support, if that is something you need.
Comments posted by rtomek from United States, September 10, 2008:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista NT4? MAC Linux? - Rated: 9 of 10.
WARNING: NOT COMPATIBLE WITH VISTA (x86 or x64)
That is terrible news :(
Works wonders..but not on Vista. We need support Plextor :(
Comments posted by Heineken from Canada, February 04, 2007:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP
I received my px-tv402u about two weeks ago. First of all the bad; this unit is pricey, at about $200 with tax and shipping if you buy it new from a reputable retailer. However, just my luck I was able to purchase a refurbished unit for about $122 after shipping and taxes. At first I was worried that the unit might be defective in anyway, but I was amazed when it arrived. I came in the same packaging as the retail unit and everything is new, no scratch or anything of that sort. So all in all the only draw back is the price if you buy it new.
Next I would like to comment on why I purchased this unit. The specifications that I was looking for was Hardware encoding for MPEG1,2 and 4, thus to decrease the CPU usage (however audio is not compressed, but is streamed along with the video via USB), USB connectivity, TV tuner and AUXILLARY inputs such as RCA and optionally S-Video, I also wanted Linux compatibility with open source code software from the manufacture. Having those being my criteria I was pleased that I choose this excellent piece of hardware.
Things that I was not looking for was a remote control, FM radio and Windows software packages. For a couple reasons, The remote control units are usually not implemented for use with Linux, and there are many better options for this e.g. ATI REMOTE WONDER II, next the FM radio tuner I know that I will never use because of the simple fact that I have this unit hooked up to my PC that I can use to listen to Internet radio or mp3's whenever I want. As for the software bundles, they are useless in my situation, I wanted to use this mainly for Linux, which I have on my laptop's and PC's and router, and since it has a USB connection it transitions flawlessly. The windows software was good too, I only used it to test the unit because of it's refurbished status, and all worked well so now it's just sitting there in the CD sleeve never to see the light of day ever again. I would like to congratulate the creator of the hardware (Micronas USA). They have done a terrific job by providing the open source code for the hardware. It even comes with a couple of applications that are great and also allow you to test the unit and modify them to your own personal taste. However for my distribution of Linux (Slackware) I did have to patch a couple files for it to properly locate the units hardware devices, which is not the manufactures fault, it's just that they create a generic installation file. But all in all I was able to get the drivers installed and software in about 20 minutes. Not bad at all, especially since it has to be compiled and also the Kernel if you need support for USB and other items, then the system rebooted.
After installation everything worked properly and have not had any issues so far. If you are looking for an excellent easy way to record TV or even old VHS video to your computer (Linux or Windows) this is the way to go. I do have to mention though that there is a slight delay of about two seconds from when you start to record, so using this device to play PlayStation 2 or what have you is not a good idea, for that I recommend a raw video capture device. The video quality, in my opinion it's not the best, I give it an 8.5/10, but then again TV resolution is nothing like a DVD, this makes it apparent as to why MPEG4 encoding is a huge plus at about 60% the size of MPEG2. I have not tried to record from the S-video input but this is probably where the use of the other encoding versions will be a great plus. I did however hook up my digital camera to the RCA inputs and the quality is great, I looks like it would a on standard TV set.
Since the audio is not encoded, it can be done by other applications and in Linux LAME and FFmpeg are great options. Also another note, I have not used MythTV with this hardware, I am not very interested in that application since it's one monolithic software and has too many dependency's for my taste. I will probably end up writing my own software so that I can change channels with out having to stop the streamer every time. That is the only draw back that has affected me. This a great device and overall I give a 10 of 10, simply because it excels my expectations and works flawlessly.
Comments posted by Brian M. from United States, December 10, 2006:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux - Rated: 10 of 10.
There are black borders on the right and left sides of the video during playback and after recording it works in Knoppmyth which is a Linux distribution with MythTV on it but you must configure mythtv to use it for the video capture and your soundcard for capturing the audio and it is difficult for me to convert the video into formats that can be burned to DVD inside of knoppmyth. I have not tried newer versions of knoppmyth but I would think that they have not dropped support for the device. I also was going to try using it in Mythtv on the Gentoo Linux distro but as a newbie it was to difficult for me to even figure out how to get mythtv to run after installing. I'm probably lucky that I figured out how to get it working in Knoppmyth. I'd tell you the steps I took to get the Plextor working in Knoppmyth but I'd have to go through them again in order to remember them. I might download the latest MythTV version to find out it the DVD burning problems I have experienced are any easier to overcome for me.
Comments posted by Bob from United States, July 10, 2006:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux - Rated: 8 of 10.
I have used it a month and think that the hardware seems very good, but the software is crap. I had trouble with the scheduling in WinDVR 5 and the Time Shifting has never worked at all. I had to reinstall the software several times and sometimes I couldn't save my recordings (the application just died) and other times the scheduling didn't work. When I tried different USB ports and reinstalled the software again and again, then everything seems to work satisfying except for time shifting.
The sad thing is that I have mailed both marketing and support but not gotten any answers at all from Plextor(3 weeks ago, and a few days ago once again). I am a solution developer and build my own computers, but all the support hints are like "Is the power cord correctly assembled?".
I really hope that they will come with an update that delivers what their commercial says.
Comments posted by Perra S from Sweden, June 28, 2005:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 4 of 10.
Having tried and had various internal capture cards and keeping running into lip-sync problems I decided to try and external unit and bout one of these. You need to install the drivers and then plug the box into your USB – and much to my surprise, the software actually tells you as you begin to install it! After coming across other manufactures that miss such basic usability, it was a good omen.
The PC that it was originally plugged into has what it claims to be USB2 ports and even has a PCI USB2 interface card into which the unit plugged and far exceeded the minimum specification required. It worked, but fast movement tended to blur slightly. Contacting the Plextor helpdesk proved to be a positive exercise with reasonable response time and someone who actually seemed to read and respond to what I’d written! This is a positive shock after struggling recently with a much bigger software company who only have fixed scripts: a very positive experience. After going through their diagnostic, they recommended sending it back for investigation. (Don’t worry – I still have it!)
I plugged a scanner and a USB memory device into the this computer and noticed that I was getting a warning message that the device could work quicker when plugged into a free USB2 port. Since all the ports are USB2 this was a bit difficult but did indicate that there was something strange within the PC, so we bought a replacement.
Plugging the Plextor PX-TV402U into the new machine proved again that it is very easy to install. Capture with this PC is a real delight, lovely sharp pictures with spot on lip-sync. The only thing that needed adjustment was the brightness; the captured image was a bit dark with the default settings. We also found that the files were quite compact and would playback without any difficulty with any player, something that I cannot say the same of with some capture cards. Needless to say, we have not sent it back and have advised Plextor that they need to consider testing the USB port either on first install or in a diagnostic, as it does seem to be sensitive to the USB’s speed.
Overall, I am quite happy to recommend this device to anyone with a reliable USB2 port who wants a decent picture without paying the earth.
Comments posted by Andy Croft from United Kingdom, March 04, 2005:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 10 of 10.
I have been dealing with PX-TV402U/NA for a couple of weeks by now (bought it for $150)
(1) Hardware is easy to setup;
(2) WinPVR5.0 is easy to use;
(3) Limited capture profiles in WinPVR do not matter since you can download GoCap from Plextor's site and capture at any rate you want meaning you do not have to use WinPVR at all (but it should be installed anyway since GoCap uses some elements of it).
(1) Significant losses of sharpness comparing to the original signal (cable box to TV versus cable box to PX to PC);
(2) Drops frames and introduces blockness when deals with fast movements;
(3) Misinterprets colors and introduces distortions dealing with scenes with bright light;
(4) Uses 12 bit conversion when capture to DivX (versus 24 bit)
I have Celeron 2.7 Ghz, 256 RAM, Plextor is the only device on USB 2.0 card.
Tried to capture a high quality tape over composite input -results are disapointing; when capturing a DVD over S-Video results are more or less acceptable.
Comments posted by umby from United States, February 04, 2005:
Compatibility: Win95? Win98? Win2K? WinXP Vista? NT4? MAC? Linux? - Rated: 7 of 10.
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