Elgato Systems turbo.264 HD USB H.264 Video Encoder for Mac

Elgato Systems turbo.264 HD USB H.264 Video Encoder for Mac

Elgato Systems turbo.264 HD USB H.264 Video Encoder for Mac

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  • Encodes Video for Apple TV, iPod, iPhone

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The turbo.264 HD from Elgato Systems is a USB hardware accelerator for H.264 video encoding. It can be used to convert video for use on the Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, and other devices that support the MPEG-4 files encoded with H.264.

The turbo.264 HD uses dedicated hardware to compress video. Software-based conversion can take up to an hour for a 15-minute video; the turbo.264 HD cuts that time to less than 20 minutes. This is an excellent option for anyone who has video content that they would like to play on their Apple TV, iPod, or iPhone.

Converts video recorded with AVCHD camcorders
Extremely easy to use
Supports basic trim editing of video clips
Suitable for consumer and professional use
Supports direct video upload to YouTube
Increases compression performance in iMovie, QuickTime Pro, Final Cut Pro, and EyeTV
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Elgato Systems turbo.264 HD USB H.264 Video Encoder for Mac
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Elgato Systems 10020196 specs

    Video Formats Input: AVCHD Video, QuickTime, AVI, DV, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 Program/Transport Stream, MPEG-4, MP4, M4V, H.263, H.264 AVC, Xvid, VIDEO_TS

    Output: H.264 in any of the following formats:

    Apple TV
    Video: H.264 Main Profile, 5Mbps max., 1280 x 720 pixels at 24fps max. or 960 x 540 pixels at 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 160kbps, 48kHz. When exporting to Apple TV format, for sources that contain Dolby Digital AC-3 audio, the digital audio will be passed through into the resulting file.

    iPod High
    Video: H.264 Baseline Profile Low-Complexity, 1.5Mbps max., 640 x 480 max., 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: If the source movie is larger than 640 x 480 it will be scaled to fit within 640 x 480 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 640 x 480 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    iPod Standard
    Video: H.264 Baseline Profile (up to Level 1.3), 768kbps max. 320 x 240 max., 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: If the source movie is larger than 320 x 240 it will be scaled to fit within 320 x 240 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 320 x 240 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    iPhone
    Video: H.264 Baseline Profile (up to Level 1.3), 900kbps max. 480 x 360 max., 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: If the source movie is larger than 480 x 360 it will be scaled to fit within 480 x 360 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 480 x 360 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    Sony PSP
    Video: H.264 Main Profile, 1.5Mbps, 480 x 270, 30fps.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: A source with 16:9 aspect ratio will produce a 480 x 270 destination movie while a 4:3 video results in a 362 x 272 file.)

    YouTube
    Video: H.264 Baseline Profile Low-Complexity, 1.5Mbps max., 640 x 480 max., 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: If the source movie is larger than 640 x 480 it will be scaled to fit within 640 x 480 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 640 x 480 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    YouTube HD
    Video: H.264 Main Profile, 5Mbps max., 1280 x 720 max., 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 128kbps, 48kHz. (Note: If the source movie is larger than 1280 x 720 it will be scaled to fit within 1280 x 720 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 1280 x 720 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    HD 720p
    Video: H.264 Main Profile, 10Mbps max., 1280 x 720 pixels at 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 160kbps, 48kHz (Note: If the source movie is larger than 1280 x 720 it will be scaled to fit within 1280 x 720 preserving aspect ratio. Resolution is maintained if 1280 x 720 or smaller. Frame rate is maintained when 30fps and smaller.)

    HD 1080p
    Video: H.264 Main Profile, 10Mbps max., 1920 x 1080 pixels at 30fps max.
    Audio: AAC-LC, stereo, 160kbps, 48kHz

    Custom profiles
    H.264 High Profile, 1080p, 30fps, 10Mbps max.
    System Requirements Computer: Intel Mac
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5.6
    Memory: 512MB
    Software: QuickTime 7.6
    Hardware: USB 2.0 port
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.2 x 0.39 x 2.9" (3 x 1 x 7.3cm)
    Weight 0.04 lb (0.018kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 5.5 x 1.5"

    Elgato Systems 10020196 reviews

    turbo.264 HD USB H.264 Video Encoder for Mac is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from turbo.264 does what it promises I previously owned the non-HD version of the Elgato turbo, which improved video encoding speeds for older Macs. I got the newer HD version to take some of the CPU stress of my home theater mac. The HD version adds a considerable speed bump to my multimedia/tv computer, a Core2Duo 2.33GHz Mac mini with 4GB of RAM. on average encoding with the turbo.264 is up to 100% faster than say Handbrake, depending on the source material and takes 50% load of the CPU, which makes the computer run cooler and more efficient. The video quality is just as good as Handbrake on a 42 HDTV. excellent value for a small price. on a side note, the encoder does not show any gain on a faster Mac (I tested this with a 2.93GHz Quad Xeon machine, 12GB RAM)
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Turbo 264 HD Slower than Quick Time X With todays computers and QT X the turbo 264 is not needed the same file renedered to H264 in QT X was 3 times faster than the Turbo 264. Waste of money if you own a new Mac with QT X.
    Date published: 2011-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Fast ... The h264 HD Turbo is proving pretty good, I'm currently using a BETA software release from the nice folks at Elgato because the official current version of software is having a few issues with .MKV encodes with audio going out of sync, but this seems to have sorted that issue out.I get around 90-120 FPS on .AVI around 80 FPS on MKV and HDV I'll be trying out shortly, I output using the standard AppleTV preset straight to my AppleTV and the HIgh Def looks great not alot different than the source material, I'm using a slightly older MacBook Pro from early 2007 (core2duo 2.33gHz) I'd recommend buying this is a great price and you'll have a nice experience with this company Elgato, great support and you'll soon become a fan of B&H Photo, if you're not already - fantastic company trust me, I'm hooked.
    Date published: 2009-11-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick, Great Quality and Cost Effective Works well as standalone encoder or within Apple Compressor. Great for quick encodes that rival 2-pass quality in half the time. Easy to install and run, frees up processor power for other tasks while encoding. All of my PCIe slots are full so it's an excellent alternative to an internal card like the Matrox CompressHD, which costs much more. Great, simple software features allow for tweaking of settings, as well as combining or editing clips.
    Date published: 2010-03-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from FAST I own both the standard and HD version of the turbo.264 usb encoders. I would definitely say the HD version is faster. Unfortunately the quality isn't on par with software like Handbrake. Video is a little more fuzzy in comparison. Although i believe elgato has improved quality a bit, the real reason to own one of these is for quick compression often shaving 50% or more off my CPU compression times. Hardware: Mac Mini 2.66 w/ 8GB RAM
    Date published: 2011-05-11
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Audio Sync on Some HD Videos I mainly use this product to encode HD videos edited in Final Cut Pro. On most of these HD videos, the audio becomes out of sync after encoding the video with the Turbo.264 HD. When I play the original QuickTime file output from Final Cut Pro, the audio is fine. Again, my input file is an HD video, and the output is an HD H.264 video. The video files range from a few minutes to a couple hours in length. The audio in the encoded output file is out of sync by about 1-2 seconds toward the end of the videos. I've reported this to Elgato and uploaded a sample video file for them to analyze. As of December 11, 2010, they still do not have a version of the software that synchronizes the audio properly on these HD videos. I'm using the production release version 1.1.1. Standard Definition videos never seem to have audio sync problems, so this product is good for SD. But I've had very low success rates with HD video encodes. Be warned that you could encounter this problem too. I saw other reviewers on other web sites talk about this audio sync issue, and now I know what they were talking about. I only use this product for SD video encoding. HD video audio sync is totally unreliable. I've used this product for several months now, and it is worthless for HD video encodes due to the audio sync issues. I am seeking a different H.264 hardware encoder now.
    Date published: 2010-12-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect for iPhone I use this to convert movies for viewing on the iPhone. This saves so much time compared to Handbrake. Converts just about every file out there. Great for Flip content which was always a nightmare. Converts AVIs too. The software loses the hardware sometimes, but finds it again if you unplug, then plug in again. When you do this the software picks up where it left off so you don't lose your place :)
    Date published: 2009-08-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing experience After reading many positive review of the Elgato Turbo HD, I went ahead and purchased one but have now returned it after a very unsatisfactory experience, not helped much by Elgato themselves. To cut a long story short, the Turbo HD was to provide a replacement for my much loved VisualHub software, which I use to convert material for my Apple TV. Basically it's now unsupported and I wanted something faster and which would be future-proofed. The Turbo HD proved completely unable to consistently convert HD MKV files to the ATV format (.M4v) without producing all manner of audio sync issues, often with differing results from encoding the exact same file. There seemed to be no difference whether or not it was the only app running, or whether the source and destination files where on external or local drives either. Elgato simply blamed the 'variability of the MKV format and the wide variety of audio/video the MKV format may contain', however VisualHub, a $20 bit of shareware manages to encode the exact same files perfectly time and again, although obviously slower. Sadly Elgato have not been any help, or even willing to discuss the matter, which is a shame given that this is not a cheap product, which just doesn't feel 'finished'.
    Date published: 2009-11-03
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