Would you be able to post comparisons with the x264 H.264 encoder? I think that x264 produces excellent 640 wide (with variable height) MP4 files at around 1000 Kbps.

I'm very interested in this device, but I'm concerned that the very fast encoding speed will be acheived at the expense of picture quality. I hope you create some comparisons against other popular software H.264 encoders, else it will be difficult to fairly evaluate this product.

Posted by ShowsOn on March 18, 2007 at 1:40 AM (PDT) Comment 1

Sounds promising, when it has good quality output and accepts various input (if it eats AviSynth its fine :D ) i'll get one i think. Then Nero can kiss my ###..

Posted by Manuel Grabowski on March 18, 2007 at 11:53 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Why can't they make it Mac compatible? Being that the format was championed by Apple, I would have thought it would have been at least... polite.

Posted by lostkiwi on March 19, 2007 at 11:23 AM (PDT) Comment 3

I'd like to see Griffin Technology do something like this.

Posted by Archie Henderson on March 19, 2007 at 12:45 PM (PDT) Comment 4

This review has made me lose interest in this product. The reason for this is simply that my dual core PC can encode at the same rate as this hardware device, but using the x264 encoder which is constantly being developed to improve speed and quality.

I hope in future there are some test videos showing comparisons between the hardware encodes, and x264. Speed isn't everything, quality is a huge consideration as well.

Posted by ShowsOn on March 20, 2007 at 3:36 AM (PDT) Comment 5

So if you have DVD quality content, it's impossible to use this to create a h264 bigger than 640x480 resolution?

Posted by lita4sure on March 26, 2007 at 6:09 PM (PDT) Comment 6

Thanks for the follow-up. Even though ADS is obviously guilty of over-hyping their numbers, I was still on the fence.

I don't mind the lack of ripping/merging tools (as I've already invested a lot of time by now in finding and learning how to use them), but I'm a little concerned about the issues with Apple TV. As in, what else might it not play well with?

So far, I've been setting up Videora to convert when I go to bed and wake up to a finished job. This product might help me save a little electricity, but it's still too slow to justify the price.

Posted by fondy44 on September 3, 2007 at 10:25 AM (PDT) Comment 7
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