Elgato turbo 264 to PSP & PS3 guide V2

This guide is specifically meant to let you get the most out of the Elgato turbo 264, if you have the Turbo 264 HD it could still be handy in case you have been having some issues.



Aim :
High quality video quality compatible with PSP, iPods, PS3, Samsung Jet s8000 & my hacked Wii through MplayerCE (probably 360 also but I have not checked). Go to the conclusion for info on some limitations & technical info. This is the second version of the guide, mostly to fix some videosize issues and get rid of unnecesarry steps since v1.4 of the Turbo 264 software.

What you need :

-Elgato turbo 264 hardware with Turbo 264 software, v1.4 (use postprocessing from old guide if running older version).

-Video to encode (offcoarse)

-PSP with software v3.3 or later (for higher video resolution support)

-A compatible Mac (the turbo 264 is a mac only product)

Also recommended but not part of the guide

-Perian (set of plugins for quicktime which will help the turbo 264 with some video formats)

-Flip4Mac WMVplayer PRO @ 30ish $ (plugins for quicktime which will help the turbo 264 with unprotected wmv video formats)

-VLC (plays most video files, a good workaround for some video files that might not work otherwise, re-encode with VLC then encode in turbo 264, video is a pain to work with I tell ya)



Profiles overview: This is a list of profiles we will be making. The turbo 264 works with profiles, we are going to create our own custom profiles to get what we want out of our device, I will list them with notes before we go through how to make them, also a note on audio I only use 80kbps in all profiles but you can go up to 128kbps if you want :

PSP LQ : Low Quality PSP profile modified, 400 kbps video, no post-processing required, don’t bother increasing the bit rate, 400 mostly works best for this size. aprox 200mb/hour. Expect a lot of image softening & some blockiness (actually more like muddiness).

PSP MQ : Mid Quality iPod profile modified, 500/600 kbps video, if you want higher quality don’t bother increasing the bit rate past 600, move to the HQ profile. aprox 250 to 300mb/hour. Expect some softening with a little blockiness. Different profiles for different aspect ratios unless you don’t mind stretching video.

PSP HQ : Hi Quality AppleTV profile modified, average 800kbps video, very good quality file, will vary bit rate to to maintain quality. aprox 420mb/hour. A little softening & will not cause any blockiness (really it won’t, bit rate varies accordingly). Different profiles for different aspect ratios unless you don’t mind stretching video.
Note : these are MY optimum settings which I have tested & work for me, if you don’t like them feel free to try your own (the full detailed settings are below).



Lets get cracking, some details : Okay first step is obviously for you to know that the turbo 264 is already properly set up & working on your computer (quite easy & beyond the scope of this write up). Okay so start the turbo 264 app & drop a video in, you should then click on the format menu, & go to the bottom option “edit”. When the new window pops up you can use the plus symbol to create a new profile; some are shown on the diagram below, all the settings are listed below.




PSP LQ : Profile=Sony PSP, Size=auto, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 400.

PSP LQ 4by3 : Profile=Sony PSP, Size=custom –> 320×240,, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 400.

PSP LQ wide : Profile=Sony PSP, Size=custom –> 320×176,, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 400.

PSP LQ wider : Profile=Sony PSP, Size=custom –> 320×144,, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 400.

PSP MQ 4by3 : Profile=iPod High, Size=custom –> 368×272, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 500.

PSP MQ wide : Profile=iPod High, Size=custom –> 480×272, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 500.

PSP MQ wider : Profile=iPod High, Size=custom –> 480×208, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate=custom –> 500.

PSP HQ 4by3 : Profile=Apple TV, Size=custom –> 368×272, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate= set slider to Low.

PSP HQ wide : Profile=Apple TV, Size=custom –> 480×272, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate= set slider to Low.

PSP HQ wider : Profile=Apple TV, Size=custom –> 480×208, Aspect=auto, Overscan=auto, Framerate=auto, Data rate= set slider to Low.



A note on resolution and overscan Please note all resolutions should be divisible by 16 for maximum compatibility. The PSP LQ will handle videos of all aspects properly but having separate profiles forces the resolution for maximum compatibility (hence more profiles than the previous guide). Signs of badly sized video include green bars at the edges & flickering portions of the edge or a side of the video. In case you need a different resolution its best to make it divisible by 16, if you do specify the aspect ratio (instead of leaving it on auto) and leave overscan on auto (or on) the video will be cropped to that aspect ratio (rather than streched/squeezed).



Long Boring Closing So this is the second more streamlined version of the guide. The video is single pass baseline/main profile h264/avc mp4 which is quite widely supported (for mobile compatibility Phonearena usually test h264 compatibility in their reviews). The encoded videos have good compatibility with a broad range of devices & are low use on the CPU (means you can use them on an older Mac/PC without risk of stuttering); resolution compared to the default PSP profile & custom HQ & MQ profiles; 320×240=76800 vs 368×272=100096 @ 4 : 3 (1.3x the pixels), 320×144=44800 vs 480×208=99840 @ extra wide (2.2x the pixels) & 320×180=57600 vs 480×272=130560 at wide (2.3x the pixels). These are the best resolutions I can get that work for me (on iPods, Ps3, PSP, Hacked Wii & my Samsung Jet) without a hitch. You can change things up a bit & test them especially if compatibility is not a concern (eg I tested the Ps3 up to 640×480 but it can go much higher). Out of all my devices the PSP is most restrictive for maximum resolution, the Ps3, Wii & Samsung Jet can all exhibit glitches when handling badly sized video (not divisible by 16). If you have any recommended settings (especially if they work across all mentioned platforms) or info on the AC3 passthrough compatibility please let me know.



The test clip I used is the opening from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (lightning flames & lots of quick transitions), please watch your video on your TV (or relevant device) to judge the quality (notebook monitors are particularly bad to test with), the PS3 especially does some good post processing, coupled with the higher contrast ratio & colour gamut of the TV things look better on screen than on your monitor (calibrating your TV helps a lot & the PS3 has a few settings that need to be played with). I would have to recommend the HQ setting for maximum quality unless space is a concern. In some cases the softness of an LQ video might be better than the blockiness of an MQ video, you have to judge for yourself I actually use LQ the most (& a 200kbps “archive” profile). Also you may notice some jerkiness especially in panning scenes, I have no idea how to fix this (sorry), but overall the Turbo 264 is a wonderful piece of kit for archiving video and encoding for other devices. The better your source the better your output. If you have hard coded subs you should at least go for MQ though. The Ps3 & other devices can support higher resolutions so feel free to experiment, I recommend you have a good 30 second to 2 minute clip rather than encoding a full length video to test your presets. You can go to the original article here.

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