Elgato on Monday announced the release of version 1.1 software for its Turbo.264 device. The update is free for registered users.
The $99 Turbo.264 is a USB 2.0-based peripheral described as a coprocessor for digital video conversion. It can dramatically speed the conversion of digital video to H.264 on slower machines, and can take the load off the Mac’s CPU on more recent systems. The device includes software that enables you to export video to formats optimized for the iPod and Apple TV, using the compact H.264 video codec.
New to the 1.1 release is support for iPhone video. Elgato is now offering user-customizable settings for video conversion, and also lets you manually select soundtracks on DVDs. The updated release also improves widescreen detection, improves performance and sports a number of bug fixes, including fixes to problems decoding 1080i HD sources.
Elgato notes that two iPhone presets have been added. One converts 4:3 source material to 480 x 360 pixels; the other encodes 16:9 source at 480 x 270 pixels.