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This is the excellent USB power pack I use when I travel.

2 x 2.1amp outputs. 8400mAh capacity.

Two digit Led display shows battery level

 

What SD CARD should I buy?

If you want an SD Card for your camera - these are the ones I use and recommend. 

I'd strongly recommend not to buy any SD cards off ebay - I've heard about too many issues with counterfeit cards - often sold on by unwitting resellers. My inbox regularly gets messages from people who bought a £150 camera then cheaped out and bought a £3 memory card on ebay - Then when it doesn't worth they blame the camera! It doesn't make any sense. Good memory is cheaper than it's ever been - see the links above.

A lot of HD cameras will not work properly with cards larger than 32GB (cards over 32GB are usually SDXC rather than the SDHC standard used by 32GB cards. SDXC cards use the ex-FAT system rather than FAT32 - in short they are a different standard). - so don't just buy the biggest card you can afford - read the specs in the manual to see what it accepts.

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SPECIAL DASHCAM CARDS

The SD card in a dashcam is re-written over, more frequently than in other types of cameras. Some manufacturers void their guarantee if an SD card was used in a dashcam. So, no surprise, there are special High Endurance SD cards made just for dashcams...here's some.

 

VERY IMPORTANT. These links take you to the product, however Amazon have three different ways of selling. There's Amazon Direct - This means that you are only dealing with Amazon themselves, then there's other sellers that use Amazon's facilities - these show as Fulfilled By Amazon and finally there's Market Place sellers that advertise on Amazon, but operate independently.  I strongly recommend that you only use the first...the Amazon Direct - Sold By Amazon option. Even if it appears that you are paying a couple of £/$ more it is more than likely you are comparing the price of a real item against the price of a fake.

To give you an idea of the extent of the fake goods problem. In a 2016 survey by Apple - 90% of the 'Apple' chargers sold through Amazon - using the other the two methods..which includes the "Fulfilled by Amazon" option -  were found to be counterfeit....90%! 

            

 
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Friday
Apr032009

TURBO 264HD Software Upgrade 1.0.1 Now Available

Well Elgato seem on the ball with the Turbo 264HD. The first update to the software is out and it contains some interesting upgrades and fixes.

I'm going to go and experiment with that MKV support now....

Here are the release notes...


What's new in Turbo.264 HD 1.0.1?


MKV Support


Turbo HD now supports MKV files with the following audio and video formats, without the need for additional QuickTime components to be installed:


Video:  H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1


Audio:  AC-3, MPEG-2 and MPEG-1


For MKV files with other audio and video formats, Turbo can still convert the files, but additional QuickTime components are required to decode the files.


Inline Editing of File Names



Titles can now be edited in Turbo HD.  Simply click the title of the video in the Turbo HD window to edit its name.  


The edited names are also used as chapter names when exporting multiple clips as a single file:


Files can also be reordered by selecting the file and dragging it to the desired location within the Turbo HD application window.


Bug Fixes



A USB connectivity problem while encoding has been resolved.


Fixed a problem that caused 16:9 exports from iMovie '09 to have a 4:3 aspect ratio.


Fixed a problem where some MPEG files over 100MB could not be added to the Turbo HD application.


Known Issues


Exports from iMovie ’09 with titles have artifacts.


Direct exports from iMovie’09 are currently not accelerated. To export an iMovie '09 project, please add the iMovie Event directly to the Turbo HD application.



UPDATE -  Here's my impressions so far.


It seems quite a bit quicker at loading in the clips to be converted, and overall conversion seems a touch snappier (but this might just be my imagination) - but definitely more stable.


I've tried converting a couple of MKV x264 movies and can confirm that this works well. If the file has DTS sound then the video converts but the sound is be missing, however if the MKV file has an AC3/DD5.1 soundtrack then it works fine.


So if, (for example) you downloaded an HD film in X264 format and wanted to play it on your TV rather than your computer, as long as it was had an AC3/Dolby Digital soundtrack you could convert it using the Turbo 264HD to a (stereo) MP4 file, put it on a USB memory stick and play it using a PS3 or 360 (both tested and confirmed). Conversion speed for me was about 25% better than realtime on the short clips I tried (e.g. 1.5 mins converted in just over 1 min).

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Reader Comments (2)

sounds great but...a citation of specs i beleive apple store suggests that it accepts 1080p then in compression also converts to 720p...in casual view both look pretty sharp...are facile consumer users simply accepting 720p as true HD?

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwaggoner

I edit down to 720p as my camera is 1080i its a choice of either upscaling it to 1080p or downscaling it to 720p, there isn't a discernible difference between the two.

The 720p videos play smoother on a wider range of equipment I own or when I stream it around the house.

Incidentally I've now gone back to editing in AIC then using the Turbo264HD for the final output conversion. This is because Elgato never fixed the problem of the conversion failing if you import video as mp4 through the Turbo264 then after editing try to output to mp4 again.

December 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

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