Elgato Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder - 10020196

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Great...but with a few caveats! Pro User

by IslandShoreProductions.com on 8/24/2010

I'm a professional video guy. I do commercials, corporate video, weddings, training DVD's and things like that. To be able to quickly encoded h.264 video from Apple Prores HD files (what most of my work is done in) is something I've dreamed of as using my usual techniques (Compressor, Sorrenson, Episode and the like) can take overnight for a 45 minute file. This device works as advertised as far as the speed goes. It's sometimes faster than realtime! The issue is that the end result quality isn't nearly as nice as using the pro software methods. Especially using the presets! I've found though, after some research and reading the message boards, that if you tweak the settings quite a bit, you can get a very nice encode from it. Still in real time or better! Gotta learn how to work in the advanced settings for sure. Especially if you're original file is a proprietary Apple, Avid, Premiere or any codec like that. All in all, I'd recommend this item as it's worth the money if just one job goes quicker! If you're looking for something to do quick rushes or consumer stuff, this will rock your world. If you're looking for more pro quality, you'll have to work on the settings quite a bit. Oh, and it does this as a one pass encode so keep that in mind.

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Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder quickly converts any video file into a format that you can play anywhere and share with everyone. Drag and drop any video file into the application and convert it to a high-quality H.264 file in standard or HD resolutions. H.264 video is a universal format that can be played on iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, gaming consoles, selected smart phones and on the web. Dramatically accelerates video encoding when the hardware encoder is used with Mac applications such as iMovie, QuickTime Pro, Final Cut Pro and EyeTV.


Manufacturer Elgato Systems
Mfg Part# 10020196
SKU 210881566
UPC 852095000997
UPC 14 00852095000997
Product Type Video Encoder / Video Encoder
Height 0.4" / 0.4"
Width 1.2" / 1.2"
Depth 2.9" / 2.9"
Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080
Brand Name Elgato / Elgato
Form Factor External / External
Functions Video Encoding / Video Encoding / Video Capturing / Video Capturing / Video Conversion / Video Conversion
Manufacturer Elgato Systems / Elgato Systems
Product Name Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder / Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder
Manufacturer Part Number 10020196 / 10020196
Package Contents Turbo.264 HD Video EncoderCD-ROMUSB Cable / Turbo.264 HD Video EncoderCD-ROMUSB Cable
Host Interface USB / USB
Weight (Approximate) 0.63 oz / 0.63 oz
Tech Specs
Product Type Video Encoder
Manufacturer Part Number 10020196
Manufacturer Website Address www.elgato.com
Manufacturer Elgato Systems
Product Name Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder
Brand Name Elgato
Package Contents Turbo.264 HD Video Encoder CD-ROM USB Cable
System Requirements Macintosh computer with Intel Core processor 512 MB of RAM Built-in USB 2.0 port QuickTime 7.6 or later Operating System(s): Mac OS X 10.5.6 Leopard or later
Dimensions 0.39" Height x 1.18" Width x 2.87" Depth
Weight (Approximate) 0.63 oz
Form Factor External
Software Included Turbo.264 HD Video Converter
Host Interface USB
Data Transfer Rate 96 KBps to 1.25 MBps
Graphics Resolution 1280 x 720 / 640 x 480 / 320 x 240 / 480 x 360 / 480 x 270 / 1920 x 1080
Platform Support PC / Mac
Frame Rate 24 Frames Per Second / 30 Frames Per Second
Functions Video Encoding / Video Capturing / Video Conversion
Video Formats AVI / DV / MPEG-1 / MPEG-2 / MPEG-4 / WMV / H.264 / DVD
Video Features Instant access to your HD camcorder video Preview and trim video files Upload video directly to YouTube Share an iMovie project in less time Convert DVDs that are not copy-protected
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