Plextor Corp. has teamed with Elgato to introduce the a USB 2.0 personal video recorder for the Macintosh computers. The Plextor ConvertX for the Mac combines EyeTV software with Plextor's ConvertX PVR video device with built-in TV tuner. The new ConvertX PVR for the 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.
The ConvertX personal video recorder for Mac has a suggested retail price of $229.99.