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MacNN reviews Elgato's Turbo.264 HD Software Edition

updated 01:30 pm EDT, Wed August 4, 2010

Review finds software easy to use, good value

MacNN has reviewed Elgato's Turbo.264 HD Software Edition. The software focuses on exporting and encoding video, especially for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV and YouTube, and it handles a wide range of formats, such as AVCHD, AVI, DV, WMV, MPEG, MP4 and VIDEO_TS. While most of the capability of Turbo.264 HD Software is mimicked by QuickTime, the Elgato software is focused on encoding and ease of use, where QuickTime almost hides the features and is focused on playback.

Turbo.264 HD Software converts files to Sony's PSP format, usually a struggle with QuickTime, and its ability to convert unencrypted DVD files' VIDEO_TS format was a major positive. Its focus on conversion and encoding was a plus as well. On the downside the software is not much faster than other competing titles, and doesn't appear to use Open GL.

Turbo.264 HD Software Edition requires an Intel chip Mac, 512 MB of RAM, Mac OS X 10.5.8 and QuickTime 7.6. The software costs $50.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $50 vs Handbrake?

    Apart from the prettier interface and the editing tools, it seems to me Handbrake does the same job but for free?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    QuickTime X?

    "much of its functionality can be had in Appleā€™s own QuickTime X" - really? And I thought I knew Snow Leopard. To my knowledge, QuickTime X's file conversion capabilities are far from including AVCHD, AVI, WMV, and VIDEO_TS. Different story if you install Perian, but I don't see this mentioned here.

    @cmoney: you're dead on.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I thought handbrake was for DVDs only, not various flavors of AVIs.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Originally yes

    but current version works with individual files and I've been using it for downloaded FLV files too. Don't quote me on it, but I think mkv files work too?

  1. cgc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Handbrake Transcodes

    Handbrake has been able to transcode for at least a year, though they've removed avi file compatibility to modernize the code.

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