PvrExplorer-Pro is a tiny and portable software application designed to help you copy the audio and video streams from PVR HDDs, in order to create MPG, M2V, MP2 or AC3 files and further process them. It contains several output settings that can be easily tinkered with.
As there is no setup pack involved, you can save the executable file to a custom directory on the disk and just click it to run. Another possibility is to save PvrExplorer-Pro to a USB flash drive or similar storage unit, in order to run it on any PC with minimum effort and no previous installers.
Worth mentioning is that the app does not create new entries in the Windows registry or Start menu, thus leaving no traces behind after its removal.
Plain-looking interface with simple options
The GUI is user-friendly, based on a regular window with a plain and simple look, where the PVR HDD contents are immediately loaded in the main frame, provided that the device is attached to the computer. It is also possible to point out a local directory containing TSP files, in order to extract programs to the disk.
Configure output settings easily
As far as output options are concerned, PvrExplorer-Pro can be set to create only audio or video streams by building separate MPV, MP2 and AC3 files, create a log and muxed program file (MPG-formatted file containing both audio and video streams), automatically generate the file name for MPG files by following user-defined patterns, exit on task completion, and debug logging. Moreover, you can modify the default output directory.
Evaluation and conclusion
There were no kind of issues in our tests, since PvrExplorer-Pro did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time and uses low CPU and memory, so it does not affect the PC's overall performance. However, users should keep in mind that the tool has not been updated for a long time, and they are likely to experience compatibility issues on later operating systems.