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To install the software on the Mac, just pop in the CD and drag the EyeTV application to the Applications folder on your Mac. 

When you launch the EyeTV software for the first time, you will be asked to enter the supplied serial number.

The ConvertXPVR has its own tuner. If you are using a signal from an antenna or from a cableTV source (the wall output), use the AutoTune feature to find and add all of the viewable channels.  If you are using the signal from a cable TV converter box, usually all you need is Channel 3.

Once that's done... open up a window and you should see a TV signal.  Use the software remote to pause, fast forward, reverse, or record the TV signal! We had a regular TV next to your computer screen and noticed a delay to what we saw on the computer screen compared to the TV screen.  We first thought this was due the analog-to-digital conversion by the ConvertXPVR unit. However, when we upgraded the USB port from 1.1 to 2.0... the delay disappeared. I guess a 40x increase in I/O speed will do that :-)

The TV window can be resized to be a small window or to fill the entire computer display.  It's quite convenient to have a tiny window on the desktop with live TV... expand it to fill the screen when you see something interesting.  The software also support Closed Captions so you can mute the sound and just read what's going on!


Plextor ConvertXPVR/EyeTV:

Software Installation

By Wan Chi Lau

The ConvertXPVR comes with a copy of EyeTV software from Elgato. The software lets you watch, pause, or record TV on a window on your computer screen.

After hooking up the hardware, the next step is to install the EyeTV software.

It was pretty simple to get everything installed and working.  The entire process from start to finish was about 10 minutes... including downloading an updated version of EyeTV from the Elgato site.

In the next installment of this seris, I'll go throught the timed recording process using the EyeTV software.


1. Hardward Installation...

2. Software Installation...

3. Recording Shows...

4. Playback on a PDA...



Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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