Elgato Turbo.264 Software Update: Version 1.1
Adding iPhone Support, Customisable Settings, and Much More
Munich, August 06, 2007 - Elgato has released a complimentary software update adding a number of new features to the Elgato Turbo.264, a hardware video encoding accelerator in USB stick format. Elgato Turbo.264 now supports iPhone video, offers user-customisable settings for video conversion, and enables manual selection of sound tracks from DVDs. Furthermore, this update to Turbo.264 version 1.1 includes improved widescreen detection, performance improvements, and a number of bug fixes.
The Elgato Turbo.264 1.1 application now supports Apple's latest bestseller, the iPhone. Two iPhone presets follow Apple's recommendations; 4:3 source material produces 480x360 pixel video, 16:9 source is encoded as 480 x 270 pixels.
Elgato Turbo.264 1.1 offers more than just two iPhone presets, however. By popular demand, users can set, save, and name their own presets. Users can choose 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.
Many DVDs have multiple audio tracks. With Elgato Turbo.264 1.1, the user can easily choose the main feature and choose the sound track to use in the improved Info dialog.
Widescreen format feature films are sometimes encoded on DVD as 16:9 video with horizontal black bars at the top and bottom (letterboxed). The Elgato Turbo.264 update recognises such content and automatically offers "Widescreen" encoding. When this option is active, Elgato Turbo.264 encodes only the actual video information, thus achieving a higher picture quality for a given bit rate.
In addition, the software update offers numerous improvements and bug fixes. Encoder firmware and software decoder optimisations lead to improved performance, higher video quality, and improved stability. Auto-detection of 16:9 sources was improved, and some problems decoding 1080i HD sources were fixed.
About Elgato Turbo.264
Elgato Turbo.264 is a hardware encoder in USB stick format, which accelerates video conversion on the Mac by a factor of 4 to 10. The combination of hard- and software relieves the Mac of the processor-intensive task of converting video into high-quality H.264 (MP4) format for iPod®, iPhone TM , Apple TV TM and Sony PSP®. Elgato Turbo.264 frees up the CPU for other tasks - like a co-processor for the Mac. Elgato Turbo.264 supports all Macs with USB 2.0 ports and accelerates exports by a factor of 4 (Intel Core 2 Duo) to 10 (PowerPC G4), dependent on destination format and processor speed.
The box includes a hardware encoding dongle and Elgato Turbo.264 video conversion software. Elgato Turbo.264 converts videos, using simple drag-and-drop, into four preset formats (iPod, iPhone, Apple TV and Sony PSP). It also offers user-defined conversion settings, supports batch conversions and the export of non-copy-protected DVD contents (VOB files). Elgato Turbo.264 also accelerates the export from leading Macintosh video programs, such as iMovie® , QuickTime Player Pro®, Final Cut Pro® and EyeTV®.
Price and Availability
Elgato Turbo.264 is available for 99.95 Euros (69.95 GBP) 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.
About Elgato Systems
Elgato Systems creates award-winning products that enable customers to watch, record, edit and share video and TV within the digital home. The highly acclaimed EyeTV series is the world leader in digital TV recording and High Definition TV for the Mac. EyeConnect is the premier solution for streaming Mac content to networked media players in the home.
Founded in 1992 by Dr. Markus Fest, the inventor of Toast® CD recording software, Elgato is a privately held company with headquarters in Munich, Germany and a US subsidiary in San Francisco, California. www.elgato.com
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