updated 03:10 pm EDT, Mon August 6, 2007
Turbo.264 gets new feature
Elgato has released a software update adding a number of new features to the Elgato Turbo.264, a hardware video encoding accelerator in USB stick format. The new software edition adds iPhone export presets, allows user-customizable settings for video conversion, and enables manual selection of soundtracks from DVDs. It also adds improved widescreen detection, performance improvements, and a number of bug fixes. The Turbo.264 1.1 application now has two iPhone presets that follow Apple's recommendations; 4:3 source material produces 480x360 pixel video, 16:9 source is encoded as 480 x 270 pixels. Also users can now set, save, and name their own presets. You can set video parameters such as size, aspect ratio, frame rate and bit rate, as well as audio encoding parameters, and save those settings for future exports.
There are also new DVD-related features. You can choose from among the many soundtracks offered by some DVDs and associate them with the main feature video. The update also has better widescreen recognition, and can encode only the actual video information for some widescreen types, resulting in smaller files sizes without compromising picture quality. It also includes numerous improvements and bug fixes.
The Elgato Turbo.264 is available for $100 in the Elgato Online Store, the Apple Store and in retail outlets. The box includes a USB 2.0 hardware encoder, Elgato Turbo.264 software, a user guide on CD-Rom, a Quick Start Guide and a USB extension cable.