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Elgato to intro H.264 video encoder device

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Thursday, April 5, 2007
News Categories: iPod Accessories

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Elgato, maker of television viewing and recording products for Macs, will soon announce a tiny new USB 2.0 device that will speed up the encoding of video for use on the iPod, Apple TV and iPhone. The Elgato Turbo.264 is a Mac-only H.264 video encoder that accelerates video exports to iPod and Apple TV formats (H.264 in 640 x 480 or 320 x 240) from any application that uses QuickTime export. According to Elgato representatives, the device will be integrated with the company’s EyeTV software and will also come with an application that allows you to export files via drag-and-drop. Users will be able to export any file that QuickTime can decode natively or via third party components (DivX, Flip4Mac, etc.). Speed improvement numbers were not provided by the company. The Elgato Turbo.264 will be available by the end of April for $99.

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1

Will they be building this technology into their other products in the future?  This thing would have to pull off a serious (at least 10x) increase in speed to make it worth the price.  If it was included in an HD EyeTV recorder I’d be more prone to upgrade from my EyeTV 200 though.

Posted by Cool Cat on April 5, 2007 at 12:07 PM (PDT)

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Just the ticket. Even with my G5 dual 1.8, it takes a bit over realtime to encode. I’d really benefit from a speed boost because I’m always ripping DVD.

Posted by Japester on April 6, 2007 at 7:59 AM (PDT)

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Looks like this device will put H.264 encoding on par with MP4 encoding on my Mac, maybe a little faster.  Just another reason not to upgrade yet.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on April 6, 2007 at 8:08 AM (PDT)

4

Oh, and that GUI is SWEET!

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on April 6, 2007 at 8:10 AM (PDT)

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