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Turbo 264 HD 1080p Video Encoder/Accelerator

by Elgato

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  • Convert any video to the Mac-friendly, universal H.264 format
  • Ideal for playback on an iPad, iPhone, and AppleTV
  • Convert AVCHD camcorder, DLSR & Digicam video as well as 1080p downloads, MKV files, AVI files, ...
  • Preview and pick the best parts of each clip before you convert them
  • Combine multiple videos into one movie
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Technical Details
BrandElgato
Item Weight18 g
Product Dimensions7.3 x 3 x 1 cm
Item model number1TU108601001
  
Additional Information
ASINB0021CACGC
Best Sellers Rank 60,066 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight222 g
Date First Available30 Mar 2009
  
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Turbo.264 HD is the fastest, easiest way to convert videos for your iPad & Mac. From AVCHD camcorders, DLSR & Digicam videos, to nearly any other kind of video file (including 1080p and 720p downloads, MKV files, AVI files and many more), Turbo.264 HD can handle them all!

Turbo.264 HD converts video to the Mac-friendly, universal H.264 format – ideal for playback on an iPad, iPhone, and AppleTV. Turbo.264 HD is the best way to quickly generate and share home movies with family and friends on an iPad or on YouTube, or fine-tune in an iMovie project.!

Use the converter software on its own or with the included hardware accelerator. The hardware accelerator connects via USB and acts as a “co-processor” to accelerate video conversion – especially on slower Macs. It also accelerates the delivery of EyeTV recordings to iPhone and iPad, and maximizes the live TV picture quality of the EyeTV app.

Box Contains

  • Turbo.264 HD video encoder hardware
  • Turbo.264 HD video converter software (CD-ROM)
  • USB cable

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    3.9 out of 5 stars

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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Carter on 14 Nov 2009
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    This is an updated version of the original Elgato Turbo 264. Encoding using the Turbo 264 HD is much faster, probably by about two-thirds, and this can improved further if your Mac (Intel only) is fast and not running other apps. The interface is easy to use, mostly using drag & drop and selecting one of the many export presets available (iPhone, iPod, HD AppleTV etc.), though there are also plenty of other customisation export options - including the ability to transcode between different formats. Exports can be stacked in batches and left to run and the final image quality is consistently high, it will also export up to HD 1080p size if needed.
    Admittedly the Turbo 264 HD is not exactly cheap but if you are serious about video quality and do a lot of video encoding (eg: from ripped DVDs, family videos, podcasts, even pro work) then this little dongle will save you literally hours and hours of your precious time.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Jun 2011
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    If you need to make a lot of mp4 videos for professional purposes, as I do, this seems like a great product.

    The pros:
    - It's really fast. It encodes HD video to mp4 in real time. I'd say four or ten times faster than QuickTime Player on an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz.
    - Interface is clean. It has a useful number of presets, all of which can be customised.

    The cons:
    - Quality is not as good as software encoding. But on my first short tests the quality was acceptable - certainly given the speed of encoding. On longer sequences there was some stuttering, in some cases extreme.
    - Sound was out of sync after a few minutes. Anything longer than five minutes, unacceptably out of sync.
    That makes it absolutely unusable for my purposes.

    Looking on the forums this seems a common problem. Some report that it can be avoided by quitting all other applications and allowing the Turbo 264 to continue on its own; I didn't try this as if you have to stop working, this rather negates the purpose of a time saving device.

    I returned it to Amazon for refund.
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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Derren Harper on 21 Mar 2010
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    Bought this to speed up the workflow of video encoding to send to clients and for web distribution. On its own it works fine and is very fast. However, when used in conjunction with Final Cut Pro, it has a lot of bugs - known bugs that Elgato have been aware of for quite some time according to their forums yet are still present. Exporting directly from Final Cut results in missing audio, dropped frames, stuttering and unrendered portions of video. It defeats the point of having to render out full versions or reference versions as they suggest to then encode afterwards.

    When it works, it's incredibly fast - it can take 10-20 minutes to export a 3 minute H.264 version, this does it in about 1-2 minutes. Unfortunately, it's bug ridden for my workflow (a workflow it is supposed to support) and I can see no fix in site (the issues have been there for about 9 months now).
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    When I transcode a film with this it is quicker and thats good, however ........ the quality is rubbish. I now just wait the extra tiny bit with compressor/mpeg streamclip etc and the output is great.
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    By Mr P Barker on 30 Sep 2013
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    The best £80 I have spent in a long time. Fast and high quality encoding suitable for broadcast use. Without it my lap top encodes at about 6 frames per second, with it it is 21-22 fps, almost real time. Saves me hours
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    By anon on 7 Sep 2013
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    An increasing amount of my professional editing work is uploaded to the client's ftp server for approval. The encoding process can be very time-consuming but this little device can speed up the process by up to 70% (i transcoded a 90 min ProRes file to h.264 in about 22 mins on a MBP 13" - that would normally take at least 60-80 mins).
    The presets are geared towards consumer formats: Youtube, Vimeo, PSP etc. but they are customisable for pro applications too.
    It is true plug n' play - no mounting. no ejecting necessary.
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    Even if you have a fast Mac this video compressor is very useful. It works on its own or better still as a dedicated compressor for Elgato's EyeTV devices. Then it takes over from the Mac's CPUs when dealing with video. It also works when streaming video to other devices.

    The software included compresses video to various formats and includes editing facilities to cut out unwanted sections of a recording, such as advertisements. It also means that you can deal with more than one video at a time. I often have the Turbo 264 compressing video as I'm using Handbrake, VisualHub and Smart Converter to deal with other videos.
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    The Turbo 264 HD really help speed up encoding my DVD to H.264 to watch on my iPhone or my daughter's iPod or in transcoding other video file formats or Flash video back to a common H.264 format that I prefer.
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