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Turbo.264 HD speeds conversion of HD, AVCHD video on Mac

Elgato, the company behind EyeTV for Mac, today announced the Turbo.264 HD, a device and software bundle that enables your Mac to convert high definition video faster.

Elgato, the company behind EyeTV for Mac, today announced the Turbo.264 HD, a device and software bundle that enables your Mac to convert high definition video faster.

The successor to the original Turbo.264, the Turbo264.HD is functions much like a USB 2.0 flash memory stick. The device includes application software and a QuickTime component that helps to accelerate H.264 video exports produced by other applications.

(H.264 is a broadly supported video standard that can be played back on the iPod, iPhone, modern game consoles, some smartphones, the Apple TV and other devices.)

By dragging and dropping a video file into the application, the user can convert it to H.264 in standard or HD resolution. The bundle can handle with 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 video codecs.

The bundle's QuickTime Component bridges a connection between other video conversion apps and the H.264 HD; iMovie, for example, can export faster, as well as Elgato's aforementioned DVR software, EyeTV.

The software lets you preview, trim and batch-process videos, and includes nine presets including “iPod small” and “HD 1080p.”

Turbo.264 HD retails for $149.99. System requirements call for Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later, Intel Core processor, 512MB RAM, built-in USB 2.0 port and QuickTime 7.6 or later.