by July 1, 2005 0 comments



This external device from Plextor is used to capture videos from camcorder, VCR, TV or DVD players. It’s very easy to carry because of its small size. The ConvertX does not require any additional power supply as it takes the power from your PC through its USB port. You can install ConvertX very easily. Just connect it to your PC through USB 2.0 cable provided with it and install the drivers. It comes with Win DVD creator software that must be installed in your PC in order to capture and edit the videos. 

ConvertX has one RCA jack for video, two audio input jacks, and one S-Video jack at its front panel. However, it does not ship with an S-Video cable. So if you want higher quality video then you must purchase an S-Video cable at an additional cost. It has one AUX jack at the rear panel which Win 2000 users require to connect to their computers’ Line-in jack using an audio cable provided with the unit in order to record audio. Windows XP users need not connect this cable as XP records audio through USB. ConvertX lets you capture videos in MPEG-2/DVD and MPEG-1/VCD using real-time software encoding. Videos can be converted to DivX video using InterVideo WinDVD creator. The most interesting feature is that you can record and edit videos directly on DVD discs. However, there is an option to capture the video to the hard disk first and then create a CD/DVD. ConvertX supports NTSC and PAL/SECAM video standards and can record videos at a maximum resolution of 720X576. 

To capture a video, just connect your source to ConvertX and run WinDVD creator from there. You can watch as well as capture the video to your hard disk or CD/DVD. You can make setting for your video like its output file name, audio quality etc. The Edit tab of WinDVD creator lets you edit your videos as per your need. You can remove unwanted scenes from your video or add transition and songs. Though it has many cool features, it doesn’t have RF input port. Therefore, you cannot directly connect your cable TV chord to ConvertX. The cables provided are also very short, therefore, you will have to keep your devices very close to each other. 

Bottom Line: This can be an excellent buy for anyone who wants to capture high quality videos for editing and making high quality CD/DVDs. 

Sukhsagar Prajapati

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