FREMONT, Calif. - March 8, 2005 - PlextorŽ Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, 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(approve sites)