Friday, April 25, 2014

How to Convert TiVo recordings to MP4 on Windows 8.1 or Mavericks?

What is Tivo?

To put it simply, TiVo is like a VCR on steroids. Also called a personal video recorder (or PVR) or digital video recorder (DVR), TiVo is a electronic filled box you connect to your cable TV. Inside is a hard drive, just like in a computer, that stores dozens or hundreds of hours of TV programming. But instead of complicated VCR programming that no one actually uses, Tivo comes with a spectacularly simple software interface you control through a handy remote control.

How to play Tivo files?

If you're frequent traveler, a question may come up like this - How can I get my TiVo shows remotely with my Android tablet or iPad? Currently there's not yet a good solution for wirelessly play TiVo shows remotely, but here's a way to transfer TiVo shows to your PC and then convert the .tivo files to MP4 video for Android Tablet or iPad viewing on the go, so that you can easily take favorite TV shows when away from home.

How to upload Tivo files?

You many want to enjoy Tivo shows at home and sharing with family or friends. But the Tivo files are saved by digital video recorders with copyright protection, so it would be difficult to playback or sharing on YouTube. In this case, you need to change tivo to mp4 format for better uploading process.

How to edit Tivo files?

My brother has a tivo 2 series and just learned to use tivo to go to move the files to his windows system. But he said he didn't know how to convert .tivo to .mp4 which is what his pinnacle software likes, so he can pull tivo the files directly. So back to the great idea —— converting .tivo to .mp4 for editing tivo files more conveniently.

How to burn Tivo files?

Or if you want to burn tivo files etc., you are also suggested to do tivo to mp4 conversion.

So to get Tivo files worked, in other words, to enjoy, play, share,edit and burn tivo freely, the only solution is to convert Tivo files to MP4, so you can deal with Tivo files in these MP4-compatible apps sucessfully.

To accomplish this, Pavtube Tivo to MP4 Converter is of great help. It supports converting any audio & video format, but mostly I use to convert TiVo video (TV shows and movies) for Personal use. The GUI was much easier to use and had more features. It works fine with reat video quality and it successfully and directly lets me convert Tivo to any popular app or device.

For Mac users, Tivo to MP4 Converter for Mac is recommended to you.

Now get it installed and let's start to quick convert Tivo to MP4 on PC with perfect videoaudio sync technology.

Step One. Transfer the Tivo files to PC.

Although the TiVo Desktop software for the Mac (supplied by TiVo) does not allow user to transfer TiVo recordings to Mac, you can transfer TiVo to Mac MacBook with specific software as long as your TiVo box is connected to your home network. Once you've recorded your favorite shows on your TiVo box, freeware like the TiVoDecode Manager can accomplish this task for you.

Step Two. Launch this Tivo Video Converter.

Click the top left icon to import your tivo files.

It will pop up a window to remind you submit the tivo key. Click Ok and enter your tivo media key.

Here is a easy way to trim out commercial ads in tivo click the pencil-like icon on the top, switch to "Trim", you will be able to set up and start and end point easily.

Step Three. Click the "Format" and choose proper presets for MP4 playbacl.

You can see profiles for iPad, iPhone, iPod, Apple TV and you can 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.

For users who want to upload to YouTube, you are suggested to choose Common VideoMPEG-4 Movie(.mp4)

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.

Step Four. Click the big red "Convert" to start converting Tivo files to MP4 that suites for playback, sharing, editing and burning. Wait for moments and click "Open" to locate the converted video.

Now connect your phonetablet to PC and enjoy the wonderful TV shows without ads or device limitation!

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