Elgato releases Turbo.264: USB Stick accelerates iPod and Apple TV exports

Apple StoreElgato Systems has released a hardware encoder in USB Stick format that rapidly converts video files to the high quality H.264 (MP4) format for iPod, Apple TV, and Sony PSP. Turbo.264 accelerates exports by a factor of 4 on an Intel Core 2 Duo up to a factor of 10 on a Power PC G4. The rate of acceleration depends on the Mac processor type.

Turbo.264 offloads the computationally intensive software conversion of video files away from your Macintosh, leaving it free for other tasks – a virtual co-processor for the Mac. Turbo.264 supports all Macs with USB 2.0.

There is no need to acquire additional software to convert videos, since Turbo.264 comes with video conversion software by Elgato. Simply drag-and-drop videos into the application and chose one of four formats: iPod Standard, iPod High, Apple TV, Sony PSP).

Turbo.264 supports batch conversions and even offers exports of unprotected DVD content (VOB files). Turbo.264 also accelerates exports from the most Macintosh video applications such as iMovie, QuickTime Pro, Final Cut Pro, and EyeTV.

Turbo.264 supports resolutions of up to 800 by 600 pixels, enabling videos and TV recordings in PAL or NTSC formats to be converted to Apple TV with no scaling. In addition, Turbo.264 supports standard resolutions for iPod and Sony PSP. When conversion is complete, Turbo.264 automatically transfers video files to iTunes, making them immediately available to Apple TV or the iPod.

Turbo.264 is available immediately for US$99.95 in the Elgato Online Shop as well as through distribution. The package includes the USB 2.0 Hardware Encoder, the Turbo.264 software on CD-ROM, a user’s guide on CD-ROM, a quick start guide as well as a USB extension cable.

More info: http://elgato.com/index.php?file=products_eyetvturbo

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “M.X.N.T.4.1.” for the heads up.]


  1. we should all get on to the handbrake forum, and request THEY reverse engineer the software and add support ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Its all in the hardware. There should be a final cut firewire encoder box you can buy so you dont need to drop so much money on a 8 core Mac Pro. you just buy the dual 2.0 and the box for like 200$

  3. So since it doesn’t work with Handbrake, does this mean that this software does not work with protected DVDs? If so, why would one want to buy this thing in the first place, if it doesn’t convert your DVDs?

  4. If it ripped protected DVD’s it couldn’t be sold. It would be illegal.
    I find it is faster to use MTR then Handbrake then it doesn’t have to access the DVD drive, also lets me queue the titles up and run overnight.

  5. HD conversion would be nice, but my guess is that there are bandwidth limitations on usb2. You try to increase the resolution to high def, and that’s a ton more data to move through a relatively slow usb2 port.

    Now if it were an esata port or a card you could plug directly onto the data bus, then you could get the through put to do high def video. I’d also guess that there’s some caching involved in this device and again it would have to be much bigger to hold the much larger video files.

    Just my guess.

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