The more I use the turbo.264 HD the more I wonder how I coped before I got it. The speed at which it encodes EyeTV recordings is impressive. So fast that when I check, more often then not I find it has finished.
Another feature that I like is how it encodes video for the iPhone EyeTV application for live TV. The Elgato EyeTV application for the iPhone as well as accessing recordings from your Mac, will also allow you to watch live TV on your iPhone. When you have the turbo.264 HD is attached to the Mac, it does the encoding, so ensures that buffering is reduced and quality maintained.
I am still impressed with the turbo.264 HD and recommend it.
Update: the Mac App Store has the Turbo.264 HD software that works without the dongle, of course it is slower.
I gave my Elgato turbo.264 HD a real test today, encoding an entire season of Doctor Who from the native MPEG2 Eyetv recordings I made from BBC One on Freeview into h.264 iPhone Quicktime movies.
Thirteen episodes took just over two hours, about four times faster than realtime. Each episode was taking under ten minutes to convert. The turbo.264 HD software then automatically added the episodes to iTunes which is useful (and not useful).
I am a great fan of Elgato’s EyeTV and have been thinking for some time about buying their turbo.264 USB device to speed up the conversion and encoding of my recordings for use on the iPod touch or iPhone.
As I was near an Apple Store today I decided to pop in and see if they had one. Thought I found it and checked the price, wow, £139.95.
I know that buying retail can sometimes be a little more expensive, but the price seemed ridiculous, I had expected it to be around to £80-£100 mark.
Well, at least with the Apple Store with all their computers and free wifi I thought I would just recheck the Elgato website, and there on their website was the device for £139.95.
At this point I noticed the name, the turbo.264 HD read a little more and realised that this was not the turb0.264 I thought it was, but a new product, one which would also do HD. Released back in March I had missed the release.
Are you frustrated by the amount of time it takes to get the video out of your new HD camcorder and into a watchable format?
Do you want to watch your videos and EyeTV recordings on your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV?
Do you wish it didn’t take so long for your EyeTV recordings to be ready for Wi-Fi Access?
Want to put your videos on YouTube and take advantage of their new HD features?
Do you own a Sony PSP® and need a way to export videos to it?
Are you a video professional and need an efficient and inexpensive way to compress your video for streaming or the web?
Turbo.264 HD is right for you.
As well as speeding up my EyeTV recording conversions I can also use it for other video conversion. Shall be interesting to see how much faster it does work.
Initial tests seem to show that it does work faster.