Elgato eyeTV and turbo.264 SALE!!!!

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by spacepower7, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    I just saw that elgato is having a sale this week during Macworld. I don't have either of these but I am think of buying this week.

    eyeTV Hybrid on sale for $99.95 down from $149.95

    Turbo.264 on sale for $69.95 down from $99.95

    Just a heads up for anyone looking for a deal on these.
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Those are normal prices via Amazon.com
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Amazon

    I just checked Amazon and the prices are:

    turbo.264 $89.99

    eyetv Hybrid $128.96

    For new ones, not used.
    Yes, used ones are cheaper same as elgato website, but why pay the same price for a refurbished item that has already had at least one problem?
     
  4. macrumors member

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    Thanks just ordered from Elgato, comes with the new 3.0 software. Amazon selling old 2.0 software stuff.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    Both devices have been updated. They already get analog cable and OTA Digital channals. They now can receive clear qam channels through your cable connection. I just bought the Hybrid, couldn't pass up that sale price
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    I purchased the hybrid earlier in the week. I kept hearing people talk about them on various Mac/Apple message boards so I decided to make the jump when I saw that the price came down for MacWorld. Great deal.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    elgato will give you a free update to 3.0 if you purchased a product with 2.0 after December 1st
     
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    GimmeSlack12

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    Nor could I. I think this will go great with a new 24" iMac.
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    Will the Turbo.264 provide a performance boost for an iMac C2D 2.16Ghz?

    Or is this more for older machines?
     
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    macenforcer

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    Too bad all those tuners will stop working in exactly 1 yr. :eek:
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    You might see a bit of a performance boost, but the Turbo.264 really shines on older hardware. However, even newer machines will benefit from the freed-up processor cycles. So if you normally leave a Handbrake queue to encode overnight, then I wouldn't buy the Turbo.264. If you want something running in the background while you do other tasks, then you might want to consider it.
     
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    Chundles

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    Both, you'll see about a 5x improvement on a G4 or G5 and about a 3x improvement on an Intel Mac. Considering the Intel Macs are about 5x faster than a G4 at this stuff anyway it's a massive speed boost.
     
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    Eidorian

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    That's a tempting price for EyeTV Hybrid.

    You'd probably get x3 the performance not having to use the Quicktime encoder. :rolleyes:
     
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    macenforcer

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    I ran tests under EyeTV with the following setups.


    - Mac Pro 2.66 quad 1:07:37
    - H.264 Turbo on mac mini 1:20:17
    - 8 Core 3ghz Mac Pro old revision 0:46:52


    This was converting a 1hr show to ipod.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    No they won't, since they support ATSC.

    - Ruud
     
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    macenforcer

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    Now is that just for over the air? Will my eyetv tuner still work hooked up to cable on the cuttoff day? If so I am now less worried. I thought a cable card tuner was required after 2009.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Where did you get that idea?

    The only thing mandated by law in 2009 is that analog over the air transmission will end.
     
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    wwooden

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    I have the turbo.264 and as others have said, I see a bigger speed improvement on non-Intel machines. With my iMac G5, it will easily increase my encoding speeds 4-5x or more. Now I can actually encode things in real time or faster. But on my girlfriends MacBook Pro 2.16 CD, the speed increase is not as dramatic. For example, if she was encoding at 80fps, the turbo bumped it to 100fps. But it really depends on what the source file is and what you want the output file to be. If I am exporting to a Standard iPod format, I can get up to 85 fps. If I want to export to AppleTV, it could be 25-30fps. This is still a great deal better than before, were I was getting 4-5fps.
     

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