TiVo to iMovie:Fluid Workflow for Importing TiVo to iMovie

Summary: You may come across problems when you import TiVo TV shows into iMovie 11 or iMovie 08/09. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Let's find it out here!

According to Apple, iMovie 11 supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. However, when you import TiVo TV shows to iMovie, you may get frustrated that TiVo can’t be recognized in iMovie. Well, iMovie only reads media files compressed by a codec that iMovie can support.

Since Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) is the the most compatible codec introduced by Apple which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the easy option to edit TiVo in iMovie would be converting the TiVo files to AIC encoded MOV.

To fulfill your task, you can just get Brorsoft's Video Converter for Mac, a powerful video converter, editor and player. It offers an optimized preset Apple Intermediate Codec .mov for iMovie for easy access. Besides converting TiVo video to iMovie supported videos with optimized settings while keeping the video quality, the all-in-one and easy-to-use toolkit can convert all other popular video formats like MP4, MOV, WMV, MKV, FLV, M2TS, VOB, etc. to iMovie natively supported video formats on Mac OS X (Mavericks and Mountain Lion included) with fast encoding speed. See how below about converting TiVo files to iMovie format.

How to Convert TiVo recordings for editing in iMovie smoothly

Step 1. Load TiVo files

Drag & drop TiVo files to the program directly. Or go to the "File" menu, choose "Add Video" to locate the TiVo files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

Tip: When first loading, this TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.

Step 2. Select the output format

You can choose iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.

Step 3. Start TiVo to iMovie conversion on Mac

Click the "Convert" button to start the TiVo to AIC conversion. Just in a few minutes, you make it.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted TiVo movie into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it’s just a piece of cake to edit TiVo files in iMovie.

Additional Tips:

1. If you haven’t got your TiVo recordings ready installed on your hard drive, you need to first transfer TiVo video to your Mac. The best way is to download the free TiVo Desktop software for Mac and transfer Tivo TV shows and movies to Mac. Note: TiVo Desktop software for Mac reads MPEG-2 and .tivo files only.

2. This TiVo to iMovie Converter provides you with some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing.

More Guides:

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