Elgato Turbo.264 Software Update: Version 1.3

Direct YouTube upload, chapter markers and surround sound for Apple Devices, support for QuickTime Broadcaster

Munich, May 21, 2007 – Elgato Systems has released Turbo.264 version 1.3, a free update for its award-winning video encoder in USB stick format. The update includes many new features for YouTube users as well as owners of Apple Devices like video-enabled iPods, the iPhone, or Apple TV. Elgato Turbo.264 now enables YouTube users to convert their videos to a YouTube-friendly format and uploads the encoded clips automatically. Navigating within Turbo.264-encoded movies now becomes easier for users of Apple Devices thanks to Turbo.264's support for DVD chapter markers. The new software also preserves Dolby Digital audio for playback on surround speakers connected to Apple TV. Furthermore, this update to Turbo.264 version 1.3 supports QuickTime broadcaster.

YouTube Upload

Turbo.264 1.3 makes it even easier to upload your videos to YouTube, with good quality and short upload times. Users simply choose the new YouTube preset, add metadata and enter their account data to create a YouTube-friendly file and upload it to YouTube.

DVD Chapter Markers
Viewers can use chapter markers to navigate to specific scenes within a DVD movie. When encoding unencrypted DVD content Turbo.264 version 1.3 merges these markers into chapter markers that are readable by video-enabled iPods, the iPhone and Apple TV.

Dolby Digital Passthrough for Apple TV Exports

DVD content as well as digital TV recordings often contain Dolby Digital audio tracks. When exporting to Apple TV format Turbo.264 will pass through the digital audio into the resulting file, enabling a multichannel audio experience on Apple TVs with  surround speakers.

QuickTime Broadcaster Support
Turbo.264 adds support for compressing live streaming video into H.264 using QuickTime Broadcaster. CPU load will be significantly lower than with software compression, and the streams' quality is always 100%, no frames are dropped.

In addition, the software update offers numerous improvements and bug fixes. Compatibility with iMovie projects, Freebox recordings and WMV media was improved, as well as general stability.

About Elgato Turbo.264

Turbo.264 is the easiest and fastest way to convert videos to superior quality H.264 (MP4) files for iTunes, and is perfect for anyone who wants to put their own video content on an iPod®, iPhone™, Apple TV™ or Sony PSP®. Because Turbo.264 is a hardware encoder, it frees up the processor for other tasks while video encoding is in progress. Think of it as a “co-processor” for your Mac—a real benefit for anyone who likes to keep several applications open while converting videos, especially on older Macs.

Turbo.264 comes with its own video converter software. The application converts the files, drops them into iTunes, and automatically syncs with an iPod, iPhone, or other device connected to iTunes.

Turbo.264 also supports the export command of most popular Macintosh video applications, such as iMovie®, QuickTime Pro®, Final Cut Pro® and EyeTV®. Turbo.264 works in conjunction with these applications to dramatically accelerate the video encoding process, and is highly recommended for use with EyeTV’s Wi-Fi Access feature.

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 is the home of internationally acclaimed EyeTV software, the world’s leading TV software for the Mac. Elgato’s award-winning EyeTV hardware offers a complete range of solutions to watch, record, and edit Standard Definition Television (SDTV) and High Definition Television (HDTV) on the Mac, and create video content for the iPod®, Apple TV™, and iPhone™.

Founded in 1992 by Markus Fest, the creator of Toast® software, Elgato is a privately held company with headquarters in Munich, Germany and a US subsidiary in San Francisco, California.

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For further information please contact:
Elgato Systems
Lars Felber

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