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Model PX-AV100U
DIGITAL VIDEO CONVERTER
FOR USB 2.0 INTERFACE
INSTALLATION AND USERS MANUAL
MAY 2004

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  • Page 1 Model PX-AV100U DIGITAL VIDEO CONVERTER FOR USB 2.0 INTERFACE INSTALLATION AND USERS MANUAL MAY 2004...
  • Page 2 First edition, May 2004. Licenses and Trademarks Plextor, and the Plextor logo are registered trademarks and ConvertX is a trademark of Plextor Corp. InterVideo is a registered trademark, and WinDVD Creator and WinDVD are trademarks of InterVideo, Inc. All other licenses and trademarks are property of their respective owners.
  • Page 3 Model Number: PX-AV100U Trade Name: PLEXTOR Responsible Party: PLEXTOR Corp. Address: 48383 Fremont Blvd, Suite 120, Fremont, CA 94538-6509, USA Telephone Number: 510-440-2000 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Overview of Creating a Personalized CD or DVD Disc ...24 Capturing...26 Capturing Video ...27 Recording Time and Disc Capacity...30 Editing ...31 Adjusting a Video Clip...33 Adding and Adjusting a Transition ...34 Adding Titles, Audio Effects, and Media Content ...35 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 6 Returns ... 59 Contacting Plextor’s RMA Department... 59 Packing Your ConvertX... 60 Shipping Your ConvertX to Plextor... 60 Appendix C: Warranty... 61 If You’re Outside the U.S. or Canada ... 62 Index... 63 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 7: Getting Started

    Please read this manual carefully and keep it handy for easy reference. Use the manual for installation, operation and troubleshooting. If your ConvertX needs service, see your dealer or call Plextor’s Technical Support Department. (See “Appendix B: Technical Support” for the different ways you can reach us.)
  • Page 8: Meet Your Convertx

    Meet Your ConvertX The Plextor ConvertX is a high-quality digital video converter that takes video from a camcorder, TV, VCR, or DVD player and, utilizing real- time software encoding, converts it into MPEG-1 (Video CD) or MPEG- 2 (DVD formatted) video. The video you obtain is perfect for playing on a computer, burning to recordable CD or DVD disc, or sharing over the Internet.
  • Page 9: Features Of The Plextor Convertx

    CD or DVD or convert it into the highly compressed DivX format for sharing on the Internet. You get everything you need for quality digital production—just what you’d expect from Plextor. Features of the Plextor ConvertX •...
  • Page 10: What You Need To Use The Convertx

    • Operating system: Windows XP or 2000. • Windows Media Player: Usually part of your Windows operating system; also available free from Microsoft. • DirectX 9.0b: Provided on the accompanying Plextor CD. • CD-ROM drive: For installation (if you don’t have a CD-RW or DVD±RW drive).
  • Page 11: What's In The Box

    • Operating system updates: To enhance your experience, Plextor highly recommends that you update your computer’s Windows operating system with the following service packs (or later service packs) and all Microsoft critical updates before you install the ConvertX drivers. Suggested service packs include:...
  • Page 12: Convertx Features And Controls

    ConvertX Features and Controls Before proceeding, become familiar with the controls and features of your ConvertX. Front Panel Figure 2: Front panel of the ConvertX PX-AV100U Digital Video Converter Connector or Indicator Audio Audio connector: Connect audio input here, using the RCA audio cables.
  • Page 13: Rear Panel

    Rear Panel Figure 3: Rear panel of the ConvertX PX-AV100U Digital Video Converter Connector USB connector: Connect your USB cable here. Auxiliary audio output for Windows 2000 users: If your computer is running Windows 2000, connect the Plextor-supplied cable between the AUX connector port and your computer’s sound card.
  • Page 14: Precautions

    ConvertX. • Do not drop or jolt the ConvertX. • Do not attempt to open the ConvertX and service it yourself. Entrust service to Plextor-authorized service personnel only. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 15: Installing Your Convertx

    2. Installing Your ConvertX Here’s how to install your ConvertX. Install the ConvertX Video Converter Before installation, Plextor highly recommends that you get the latest updates available for your computer’s operating system. Current service packs and critical updates are available from http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
  • Page 16 Figure 4: Turn on the computer and insert the ConvertX software disc 2. Insert the ConvertX software disc into your CD or DVD drive. You see the Plextor Application Installer screen. (If you don’t see the installer screen right away, use Windows Explorer to navigate to the CD or DVD drive, and double-click the Plextor.exe file.)
  • Page 17 3. Select the ConvertX Device Driver button. You see the wizard appear to install the Plextor ConvertX AV 100U A/V Capture Device Driver. Figure 6: InstallShield Wizard for Device Driver Installation 4. Select Next. The driver is installed. Then you see a window asking if you want to install DirectX 9.
  • Page 18: Connect The Convertx To The Pc

    1. You will use a USB cable to connect the ConvertX to your computer as shown in Figure 7. Begin by making sure your computer is on. 2. Make sure the Plextor disc is in the computer’s drive. 3. Connect the USB cable from your ConvertX to the computer. (Your computer’s USB connectors may be on the front panel or in the rear.)
  • Page 19 Figure 7: 1) Make sure the computer is on, 2) make sure the Plextor disc is inserted, and 3) use the included USB cable to connect the ConvertX to the computer. Windows 2000 users only: Also 4) attach an audio cable from the ConvertX AUX output to the computer’s LINE IN jack.
  • Page 20 Your ConvertX is automatically recognized by the computer. (If you are asked to reboot, remove the Plextor disc from the drive and restart your computer.) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 21: Don't Forget To Register

    Don’t Forget to Register! Don’t forget to register your ConvertX! In the Plextor Application Installer, select Register Your ConvertX and follow the prompts. Registration means you’ll stay abreast of valuable information about new features, updated drivers, and more. To register your new ConvertX: 1.
  • Page 22: If The Installation Failed

    5. Look for an entry for Plextor ConvertX AV100U Capture and Plextor ConvertX AV100U A/V Capture Audio. NOTE: You won’t see the Plextor ConvertX icon unless the ConvertX is connected to your PC. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 23 7. If the ConvertX does not operate even though 1) the sound, audio and game controllers are listed and do not have a yellow diamond with an exclamation point, and 2) the Plextor ConvertX device is listed, then in Device Manager double-click the Plextor ConvertX device and select the Remove button.
  • Page 24: Troubleshoot Other Devices

    Windows 2000 or Windows XP Service Pack from Microsoft’s Windows Update. • To update the PX-AV100U driver, right-click on the question mark and select Properties, then select the Driver tab and click Update driver. Look for the device driver on the Plextor CD.
  • Page 25 L and R audio input connectors on the ConvertX front panel. Figure 9: Connecting the video and audio sources to the ConvertX Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 26 Section 2. Installing Your ConvertX This page intentionally left blank. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 27: Using The Convertx With Windvd Creator

    3. Using the ConvertX with WinDVD Creator WinDVD Creator 2 software lets you capture video from your VCR, camcorder, or another analog source and feed it to the Plextor ConvertX. WinDVD Creator also lets you, edit, create and share video and other content.
  • Page 28: Startup

    DVD or CD project, or whether you simply want to capture compressed video directly to your hard disc or to a rewritable DVD. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 29 Lets you compress and record video onto directly to DVD a DVD disc in one step, without editing. disc Brings up the Disc Manager window. (Only available if you have a DVD+R/RW or DVD-R/RW drive.) See page 43. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 30: Overview Of Creating A Personalized Cd Or Dvd Disc

    CD or DVD. Help Click here to get help. Disc Manager Switch between project mode (shown here) and Disc Manager. (To show Disc Manager, you must have a DVD+R/RW or DVD-R/RW drive.) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 31 NOTE: The rest of this chapter is a tutorial that will get you started capturing, editing, creating, and sharing video and other content. It’s not a complete reference. For more details on all the exciting features of WinDVD Creator, look in that application’s Help menu. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 32: Capturing

    2. In the WinDVD Creator main window, click on the Capture button . You see the Capture window. Figure 12: Capture window Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 33: Capturing Video

    Capture window, select the input device you are using. You see a control panel that allows you to control input from the device. (The control panel will be different depending upon which device you are using.) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 34 Figure 13: Control panel for the Plextor ConvertX Window Area Record Starts and stops recording. button Configuration Displays the configuration window for this button device. 3. In the control panel, use the configuration button and menus that let you change the settings for capture: In the Record tab, select a Format and a Profile for capture.
  • Page 35 Record button again. Recording stops, and you see your video file in the media library (for video, this is the video library) located in the bottom-right section of the Capture window. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 36: Recording Time And Disc Capacity

    SIF = 352 x 240, NTSC; 352 x 288, PAL 2/3 D1= 480 x 480, NTSC; 480 x 576, PAL Full D1 = 720 x 480, NTSC; 720 x 576, PAL Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Video Record Time (Minutes)
  • Page 37: Editing

    To display the Edit window: • In the WinDVD main window, click on the Edit button . You see the Edit window. Figure 14: WinDVD Creator’s Edit window Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 38 To move one clip in front of another, just drag and drop the new clip in front of the current clip. To rearrange the media clips, drag and drop clips until you are satisfied with the order. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 39: Adjusting A Video Clip

    3. Set the sliders, then click the video cut tool to the desired length. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function to trim the video clip...
  • Page 40: Adding And Adjusting A Transition

    6. Adjust the slider for the amount of time you want the transition to take. To reverse the effect, put a check mark in the Reverse box. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 41: Adding Titles, Audio Effects, And Media Content

    Properties from the pulldown menu. Saving Your Project To save your project before continuing: • Select the Project menu at the top of the window, then choose Save Project As, and enter the path and filename. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 42: Creating

    Section 3. Using the ConvertX with WinDVD Creator Creating To display the Author window: • In the WinDVD Creator main window, click on the Author button . You see the Author window. Figure 16: WinDVD Creator’s Author window Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 43: Deleting A Chapter Mark

    To delete a chapter mark: 1. In the Chapter Board at the bottom of the Author window, right-click on the chapter you wish to remove. You see the Delete Chapter Mark text box. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 44: Adding A Chapter Mark

    3. In the Preview window, double-click on the menu theme to edit it. You can add music, change the background, move or change the buttons, and more. To add text to the menu, select the text insertion button Chapter Board. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual in the...
  • Page 45: Sharing

    To display the Make Movie window: • In the WinDVD Creator main window, click on the Make Movie button . You see the Make Movie window. Figure 17: WinDVD Creator’s Make Movie window Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 46: Burning A Disc

    73 minutes of video content on a 700-megabyte CD. 3. In the Burning Wizard Format window, choose a TV System. The TV systems are: NTSC: Most commonly used in North America and Japan. PAL: Used in European and Asian countries. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 47 Burn to Disc: Burns the CD or DVD now. You see the Device Setting window. In this window you can choose the device (such as the Plextor PX-504UF or PX-708A DVD writer) you want to burn to, the speed of the burning, and the number of copies.
  • Page 48: Compression Options

    You see a full list of the output file formats available with WinDVD Creator, as well as the parameters and details for all formats. You can convert video to any of the formats listed, including DivX, Video CD/MPEG-1, SVCD/MPEG-2, DVD/MPEG-2, DV-AVI, and Windows Media. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 49: Disc Manager

    Ejects or loads the DVD±R/RW disc. DiscView Shows the contents of the disc. Disc Manager is ideal for recording video directly from your TV set to a DVD, or for archiving videotapes in a one-step operation. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Function...
  • Page 50: Capturing Directly To A Dvd Disc

    To capture video directly to recordable or rewritable DVD disc: 1. Make sure you have a rewritable DVD drive (such as the Plextor PX-708A or PX-708UF) installed in or connected to your computer. 2. Launch Disc Manager by selecting it from the upper right corner of the WinDVD Creator main window (or from the Task Manager window).
  • Page 51 Video Source (S-Video or composite) that matches the physical connection to the ConvertX. CAUTION: Do not attempt to launch other applications while recording. Video data may be corrupted if CPU usage approaches 100 percent. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual to set the on this device’s on-...
  • Page 52: Hints For Playing Video

    For more in-depth information, consult WinDVD Creator’s Help files. And don’t be afraid to experiment—you’ll learn more by doing than any manual or help file could possibly teach you. Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual again. You see a...
  • Page 53: Maintenance And Troubleshooting

    1. Go to the Plextor web site at www.plextor.com. 2. Look for the upgrade in the Support area, on the Downloads page. You want the upgrade for the ConvertX PX-AV100U. There is a description of the latest software program revision and its intended use.
  • Page 54: Troubleshooting Hints

    • First, make sure to update your version of Windows using Microsoft’s Windows Update. • Also, visit the Plextor web site to find other tips to help find and solve the problem. Problems with Capture •...
  • Page 55: Appendix A: Specifications

    Rear Panel USB connector for USB 2.0. For Windows 2000 users only: Auxiliary audio output, to connect stereo audio output to your PC. NOTE: Not used for Windows XP Home or XP Professional Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 56 CD Drives DVD+RW or DVD-RW drive (or CD-RW drive) recommended; CD-ROM drive required for software installation, if no other drive present DirectX Support DirectX 9.0b or later required. (Provided on the accompanying Plextor CD.) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 57 MPEG-1, VCD only: 1.0950 (NTSC), (Software encode) 0.9157 (PAL) MPEG-1, MPEG-2, all modes: 4:3 Frame Rate 29.97 (NTSC), 25 (PAL, SECAM) NOTE: PAL setting is also used for SECAM. Audio Compression MP2: 224 Kbps (Software Encode) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 58 MPEG-2: Program stream (Software Encode) MPEG-1: System stream GOP Structure MPEG-1: IBBP (Software Encode) MPEG-2: IBBP Video Input Signal NTSC, PAL, SECAM (SECAM = PAL) Video Output Format NTSC, PAL, SECAM (SECAM = PAL) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 59 5,750 0.73 1/2 D1 3,400 0.44 1/2 D1 2,000 0.27 1,800 0.25 SVCD 2/3 D1 2,419 0.32 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Data/ Time Time Minute (min), (min), (MB) 700 MB 4.3 GB 9.62 73.05 454.80 Data/ Time...
  • Page 60 USB bus, off when disconnected. Input Voltage DC 5.0V, 500mA max Dimensions and Weight Dimensions (W/H/D) 101.5 mm (W) x 25.5 mm (H) x117 mm (D) 4.00” x 1.00" x 4.61" Weight 170 g (0.37 lb) Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 61 Electrostatic Discharge ±8KV aerial discharge ±4KV contact discharge (Normal operation) External Pressure 50n (No damage) (Ambient Air) Unimpeded Drop Height 5cm (Normal operation) Operating Position Horizontal ± 15 degrees Vertical ± 5 degrees Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
  • Page 62 Approvals, Safety and EMC Standards Country/ Region Type Agency China International USB-IF WHQL Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual Standard Part 15J Class B EN 55022 Class B, EN 55024 USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum) Microsoft Windows Hardware Qualifying Labs...
  • Page 63: Appendix B: Technical Support

    Appendix B: Technical Support Store Plextor’s e-mail, web site, phone, and fax numbers in a convenient location. Keep your digital video converter’s serial number and a copy of your sales receipt handy as well. If you experience a problem while installing or operating your ConvertX, please refer first to the relevant sections of this manual regarding setup and installation (Chapters 1–2).
  • Page 64: How To Contact Plextor Technical Support

    How to Contact Plextor Technical Support There are several ways for you to contact Plextor’s Technical Support Department: • Visit our web site (www.plextor.com) for answers to Frequently Asked Questions. • Send us e-mail at support@plextor.com. Include your telephone number and the hours during which you can be reached. Be as detailed as possible in describing your problem.
  • Page 65: Returns

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The RMA form will not be processed without the Tech Support Ticket Number. 3. Plextor will then return the RMA form to you via e-mail, with the RMA number and shipping information included. 4. When you receive the RMA number, pack the Plextor ConvertX securely in a box, and include the RMA form as a packing slip.
  • Page 66: Packing Your Convertx

    Be sure to write the RMA number on the outside of the shipping box. Any unit sent to Plextor without an RMA number will not be accepted. NOTE: The RMA number must be clearly visible on the outside of the shipping box.
  • Page 67: Appendix C: Warranty

    PLEXTOR; c) if the unit is subjected to abuse, neglect, lightning strike, electrical fault, improper packaging, or accident;...
  • Page 68: If You're Outside The U.s. Or Canada

    All ConvertX units returned to PLEXTOR must be securely packaged and shipped postage prepaid. The ConvertX will be returned to the customer at Plextor’s expense when originating within the United States. For a ConvertX originating outside of the United States, the customer is responsible for shipping costs in both directions.
  • Page 69: Index

    Disc Manager · 43 process · 36 AUX connector · 7, 49 auxiliary audio cable and Windows 2000 · 13 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual contents of · 5 shipping · 59, 60 burn to disc · 41 burning CD ·...
  • Page 70 · 41 dimensions · 54 DirectX supplied on Plextor CD · 4 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual support required · 4, 50 disc capacity · 30, 53 Disc Manager · 23, 24, 43, 44 choosing capture format · 45 counters ·...
  • Page 71 · 55 image library · 27 import button · 25, 35 importing media · 35 input connectors · 18 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual device list · 27 installation ConvertX · 9 failed · 16 launching manually · 16 troubleshooting ·...
  • Page 72 · 28, 29, 45 recording directly to DVD · 23 directly to hard disk · 43, 44 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual don’t launch other applications during · 45 recording time, video · 30 examples · 53 registration ·...
  • Page 73 2.0 required · 4 bus power · 3 USB 2.0 · 49 transfers · 54 USB connector · 7, 49, 54 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual VCD format · 40 vibration specification · 55 video bit rate · 51 compression ·...
  • Page 74 Disc Manager · 43 edit window · 31 editing with · 31 installing software · 21 Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual make movie window · 39 recording direct to DVD · 23 recording direct to hard disk ·...
  • Page 75 Notes Plextor ConvertX PX-AV100U Installation and Users Manual...
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  • Page 80 PLEXTOR CORP. 48383 Fremont Blvd. Suite 120 Fremont CA 94538-6509 www.plextor.com Phone: 510-440-2000 800-886-3935 Fax: 510-651-9755 E-mail: info@plextor.com...

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