Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Convert Tivo Baseball recordings for editing or playback without Losing Quality

As Tivo files are not a friendly companion to edit or smoothly playback. You may want to convert Tivo shows to an easy-to-play format.
I'm a telecommunication Facility Spec. I have recorded some videos about our local Baseball Game with TiVo and in house CATV services for baseball and for departmental use. Then how to get my Tivo recordings and CATV videos for editing and playing? Having tried high download, power director 11, but any better program suggested?

Many users have issues to edit and enjoy Tivo video files. In fact, Tivo is an encrypted video format. Based on its specificity, few media players and editors can play it well. Thus, we'd better convert Tivo to a common format that widely supported. e.g. MPEG-4/H.264 MP4 format. The guide shares with you how to convert TiVo file to MP4 step-by-step.

Part 1: Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC

To transfer TV shows on any PC, you need to download TiVo Desktop software. When your TiVo is connected to your home network, TiVo Desktop provides you with a list of available shows for transferring to your PC. You can play TiVo video files using Windows Media Player.

Hints: TiVoToGo Transfers system requirements: TiVo Series2 DVR, TiVo software version 7.1 or later, TiVo Series2 box must be connected to your home network using a wired or wireless USB network adapter.

Part 2: Guide to Converting TiVo to MP4

With this TiVo Converter, you can also encode TiVo to MP4 files for enjoying your favorite TV shows recorded by TiVo box on Pocket PC, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows RT/8, PSP etc device so that you can watch TV shows any time and any where. Meanwhile, you can also encode/re-encode TiVo to MPEG, MPG, MKV, WMV etc files while keeping perfect quality.

Pavtube offers free trial version of TiVo Video Converter Ultimate(alternative Mac TiVo Converter) for you to evaluate the software. So just go ahead, download and install Pavtube Video Converter and try it out!

Launch the utility and here pops up an intuitive interface. Click “Add Video”  to load recorded TiVo TV shows, or you just drag the files in. When first loading, Pavtube TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key.

Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.


1. Crop out unwanted edges and trim off ads

Click on "Edit" menu to enter editor panel where you could edit selected files. “Crop” feature allows you to cut off unwanted black edges, while "Trim" feature enables you to select specific length of video and convert it to specified format. Just drag the slider or input start time and end time.

2. Set output format and A/V settings.

In order to encode TiVo shows to MP4, you can click on “Format” bar and follow either Common Video-> MPEG 4 Movie(*.mp4) or H.264 Video(*.mp4). For users who want to upload to YouTube, you can also select this format.

You can see profiles for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and you can also choose one according to your device model.

And there are many presets in "Andoroid" column, you can use the search box on bottom right corn and locate proper mp4 presets for your own phonetablet model.

You can also click "Settings" (which is marked as "3" above) to customize video size, bitrate(quality), frame rate and other settings.

Pls note that the higher bitrate you choose, the better video quality you will get. Next specify location for generated files in “Output” box.

Now it comes to the final click---- click "Convert" button to start the TiVo to MP4 conversion and wait. The ViewLog will present you all the info such as conversion progress, conversion state, elapsed and estimated conversion time, and generated and estimated conversion file size. You may check "Shut down computer after conversion" and leave it be.

Learn more Tivo video related guides:

How to Free convert Tivo shows to MPEG on Mac?
How to play Tivo files on iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4?
Best way to burn huge Tivo video to DVD disc on Mac
How to convert Tivo file to Divx AVI on PC?
Convert Tivo shows to HD formats with least quality loss on Mac
How to deliver Tivo shows to iPhone 5C for watching?


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