Plextor announces ConvertX PX-TV402U

Plextor launches ConvertX PVR PX-TV402U – the world’s first DivX certified personal video recorder
Record your favourite TV programs on PC or DVD, or just watch TV on your PC

Plextor has unveiled its ConvertX PVR PX-TV402U personal video recorder, the world’s first real time DivX Certified PVR (Personal Video Recorder). The PX-TV402U allows connection to a satellite receiver, cable or broadcast TV signal for watching and recording television programmes and home videos to a PC or DVD. As well as for just watching TV, Plextor’s convenient and flexible solution enables the user to either store data on the computer for watching at a later date or burn data direct to DVD, saving hard drive space and time.

The ability to record video in real time and straight into DivX format means the PX-TV402U allows the user store up to three times as much video than normal. This can save hours of time, eliminating the need to use a software-encoding programme to convert video to DivX after capture.

The PX-TV402U is able to record video into resolutions suited for playback on both full size TV’s and monitors, as well as portable and handheld devices and with its integrated high quality TV tuner, there is no compromise on quality. Similar to the ConvertX PX-M402U, a camcorder, VCR or DVD player can be connected to the PX-TV402U enabling the user to transfer home videos to a PC.

Supporting DivX, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1 formats, the PX-TV402U is an external USB 2.0 device, which connects to a PC running Windows 2000 or XP. It also includes powerful yet easy to use software, including Intervideo WinDVR, to watch and pause live TV and to record programmes, and Intervideo WinDVD Creator software that allows the capturing and editing of home videos and the authoring of interactive DVD’s.

Rudy De Meirsman, Sales and Marketing Manager, Plextor Europe, comments: “Following our successful launch into the digital video conversion market with the ConvertX PX-M402U earlier this year, Plextor is now able to offer a solution for transforming a PC into a complete digital home entertainment centre, at a highly cost effective price. The new PX-TV402U enables an ordinary home PC to perform multiple tasks by incorporating the functionalities of a television, video and DVD player/recorder.“

Summary of Features

[ul][li]First Official DivX Certified PC PVR Product
[/li]> [li]Hardware Encode to DivX, MPEG-4, MPEG-2/DVD and MPEG-1/VCD
[/li]> [li]Watch, Pause and Record Live TV
[/li]> [li]High-Quality TV Tuner Included
[/li]> [li]Scheduled recording for when you are away
[/li]> [li]Composite Video, S-Video, Composite Audio, RF/Coaxial Inputs
[/li]> [li]DivX Certified Hardware and DivX Licensed Software
[/li]> [li]InterVideo WinDVR and WinDVD Creator Software Included
[/li]> [li]Hi-speed USB 2.0 Interface
[/li]> [li]Burn Direct-to-Disc and Edit-on-Disc Supported[/ul]Minimum Systems Requirements

[ul][li]CPU: Pentium III 800 MHz (Min)
[/li]> [li]Pentium® 4 2.4 GHz (Recommended)
[/li]> [li]RAM: 256 MB
[/li]> [li]HDD: 10GB of free space recommended
[/li]> [li]Monitor Resolution: 1024 x 768, 24-bit colour
[/li]> [li]Graphics Card: Video card with 24-bit resolution capability and DirectX support
[/li]> [li]Sound: Windows compatible sound card that supports 48KHz playback (PCI recommended)
[/li]> [li]DirectX: DirectX 9.0b or above (included in software disc)
[/li]> [li]Interface: Hi-Speed USB 2.0
[/li]> [li]CD-ROM: A CD-ROM drive for installation (CD installation)
[/li]> [li]CD-RW: To burn CDs, Video CD or miniDVD
[/li]> [li]DVD+/- RW: To burn DVDs and CDs
[/li]> [li]OS Support: Windows 2000/XP[/ul]Price and availability
The Plextor ConvertX PVR PX-TV402U will be available from end of December at the network of Plextor dealers for a recommended retail price of 185 EUR (excl. VAT and other taxes). It is covered by Plextor’s Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); 1 year in other countries). Local hotline support is also available.

This press release is also available on the Plextor web site at
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About Plextor

Plextor is a leading international manufacturer of extremely reliable, high quality recording equipment and is also one of the pioneers in the field of CD technology. From its parent company, Shinano Kenshi Co. Japan, Plextor has a built up tradition in the development and manufacture of advanced hardware and electronic precision equipment going back to 1918. With head offices in Japan, Europe and the United States the company mainly sells its products through a network of specialised computer dealers. Plextor Europe, established in Brussels, takes responsibility for sales, marketing and technical support in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Since opening its Brussels office in 1994, Plextor has introduced a number of award winning products, including CD/DVD-ROM drives, CD/DVD recordable drives, CD/DVD media and USB Flash Memory Drives (PlexFlash). In addition, Plextor has recently launched a digital video converter – ConvertX.

I would like to know two things:

  • Could you use this device with Plasma TV/Monitor without need to connect it to PC.

  • Does this PX-TV420U have remote control

It would be nice that Aver media TV Tuners gets a litle competition and starts useing DiVx Stuff too

best regards to Plextor team and all CDFreaks forum,

I would like to see such a device with real DVB-s support / SAT-receiver to use it without the need of a pc. That would be a device to buy, IMO.
And, a DVI connection is a must.

Has anyone used this device? What are your thoughts? I’m looking to transfer video from my Hi-8 camcorder and looking for a cost-effective/quality solution. Will be burning to DVD with the PX-716SA.