Plextor today announced the availability of a free Linux Software Developers
Kit (SDK) for ConvertX video capture devices. For the first time, the Open
Source Software (OSS) community can enjoy the advanced features of Plextor
ConvertX PVRs, including real-time hardware-based MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and
Motion JPEG video encoding in a low-cost USB 2.0 video peripheral. Licensed
under the GNU General Public License, the Linux SDK supports the popular Video
for Linux 2 (V4L2) and Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) specifications.
It also supports deprecated Open Sound System (OSS) applications via the OSS
compatibility layer provided by ALSA. The new driver, which requires the Linux
2.6 kernel, includes sample code that can be reused in open source or
proprietary applications to help developers get started quickly. Version 0.91 of
Plextor’s new Linux SDK, with support for ConvertX PX-M402U and PX-TV402U, is
available immediately from

http://www.plextor.com/english/support/LinuxSDK.htm

Plextor today announced the availability of a free Linux Software Developers
Kit (SDK) for ConvertX video capture devices. For the first time, the Open
Source Software (OSS) community can enjoy the advanced features of Plextor
ConvertX PVRs, including real-time hardware-based MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and
Motion JPEG video encoding in a low-cost USB 2.0 video peripheral.

Licensed under the GNU General Public License, the Linux SDK supports the
popular Video for Linux 2 (V4L2) and Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA)
specifications. It also supports deprecated Open Sound System (OSS) applications
via the OSS compatibility layer provided by ALSA. The new driver, which requires
the Linux 2.6 kernel, includes sample code that can be reused in open source or
proprietary applications to help developers get started quickly.

"Plextor is strongly committed to supporting the Open Source Software movement
with free development tools that help speed the creation of next-generation
Linux-based video software," said Dirk Peters, director of marketing, Plextor.
"The release of this SDK was a direct response to requests from the user
community for an easier way to work with Plextor ConvertX video capture devices
on computers running Linux."

"Plextor’s new Linux SDK provides developers with a free GPL-based full-source
driver to support all of the popular V4L2 applications," said, Tom Luax, vice
president of sales, WISchip International. "The combination of low-cost MPEG4/DivX
Video compression hardware and Linux OSS software is a great solution for anyone
who wants to build a high-quality and low-cost personal video recorder for their
PC.

Availability
Version 0.91 of Plextor’s new Linux SDK, with support for ConvertX PX-M402U and
PX-TV402U, is available immediately from

http://www.plextor.com/english/support/LinuxSDK.htm