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Elgato Turbo.264 HD speeds Mac video conversions

Elgato is delivering its Turbo.264 HD, a fast, affordable and easy-to-use USB tool that converts video files to a format that can be played on the Internet, YouTube, an iPod, iPhone or Apple TV box.

The Turbo.264 HD automatically detects AVCHD camcorders and moves recordings to a Macintosh computer in a single step. It comes with a software application that enables Mac users to quickly convert any popular video format to a high-quality H.264 file in standard or HD resolutions.

The encoder hardware is faster than the fastest Mac Pro and can be used to speed up the export function of other Mac applications including video editing applications. It supports AVCHD Video, QuickTime, AVI, DV, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 Program/Transport Stream, MPEG-4, MP4, M4V, H.263, H.264 AVC, Xvid, VIDEO_TS and other formats.

The device is suitable for both professional and amateur applications. Users can preview, trim and batch process videos. The choice of nine export presets — ranging from “iPod small” to “HD 1080p” — can be expanded by creating custom video output profiles.

The Turbo.264 HD also integrates with MediaSilo software, enabling faster transfer video to the MediaSilo platform.