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Author Topic: Successfully Installed Driver and Captured Video with Plextor px-tv402u  (Read 4044 times)

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« on: September 26, 2009, 10:59:57 PM »

I own a Plextor px-tv402u (a USB2 analog video capture device with hardware MPEG1,2,4 encoding - wis-go7007 chip) and have been successful in building the drivers for this device and capturing video.  I run Debian lenny (Linux kernel 2.6.30-1-kirkwood) on my SheevaPlug on a 4GB SDHC card.  I capture video on to a Western Digital Passport 320GB hard drive (mount /dev/sda1 /mnt).  The hard drive and the Plextor px-tv402u are connected to a powered USB2 hub.  The Plextor gets its analog signal from a digital tv converter box for over-the-air broadcast recording.

These are the build and install instructions:
apt-get update
aptitude install build-essential linux-headers-2.6.30-1-kirkwood libncurses5-dev fxload oss-compat
wget http://go7007.imploder.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/wis-go7007-linux-098-5.tgz
tar zxvf wis-go7007-linux-098-5.tgz
cd wis-go7007-linux-0.9.8-5
make install

I can capture video using the gorecord app that comes with the drivers.  I've had good results capturing a tv show with:
gorecord -input composite -mode ntsc -bitrate 1500 -width 720 -height 480 -duration 1860 -format mpeg2-dvd /mnt/capture.avi

I playback the video on my Western Digital WD TV.  I just umount /mnt, unplug the hard drive from the USB hub, plug the hard drive into the WD TV, and watch the video on my tv.  Very easy.

Now I just have to write a CGI program to write cron files to schedule recording.  Then I will be able to setup the recording times using a web browser.
« Last Edit: September 29, 2009, 10:20:05 AM by westyd1982 » Logged

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