It’s hard to find a decent video converter these days, but the Elgato Turbo.264 HD video converter is one of the best options out there. With a myriad of different video files and formats available on the market today, the Turbo.264 HD converter is by far the simplest program for Mac OSX I have ever used to handle nearly any codec I could throw at it. .MTS AVCHD files? No problem. .AVIs? Done. Xvid? Piece of cake. In fact, here is a list of the most popular video file inputs supported by the Elgato Turbo.264 HD converter:

  • AVCHD Video
  • QuickTime
  • .AVI
  • DV
  • MPEG-1
  • MPEG-2 Program/Transport Stream
  • MPEG-4
  • MP4
  • M4V
  • .MTS (AVCHD)
  • H.263
  • H.264 AVC
  • Xvid
  • VIDEO_TS

Since the Turbo.264 HD’s interface was so intuitive and easy to follow, all I had to do was drag any of the aforementioned video files into the window and they would appear in a thumbnail view with a drop-down menu that prompted the desired output. Conversion time was quicker than any other program I had used in the past, including QuickTime Pro. I could route the video output files right into iTunes or any other desired folder on my computer.

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My only major gripe with the Elgato Turbo.264 HD converter was the fact that it outputted videos based on corresponding electronic devices, rather than particular file formats. For instance, I was able to output to the following:

Though this was highly convenient, nearly every outputted file was an H.264 .MP4 file, with the exception of the Apple TV-compatible .m4v file. While this will suit owners of the above devices quite fine, I was up a creek with the .MP4 files, since they did not play nicely with Premiere Pro CS4. I needed .MOV outputs or MPEG-2 outputs in order to edit footage properly in Premiere Pro, but that was mainly Adobe’s fault for not providing .MP4 support in CS4 to begin with. Still, more versatility on file output type would have been nice.

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And as for the YouTube outputs, videos could be directly uploaded to a YouTube account right from the Output window. So, I could toss a 9-minute AVHCD clip in there and 5-10 minutes later it would be up on my channel. For most users looking for a quick and easy video converter for any of the output devices listed above, I highly recommend the Elgato Turbo.264 HD video converter, which retails for $50 and can be found on elgato’s website. Hardcore video editors will want to look for a more versatile output converter like QuickTime Pro.

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