Summary: The Adobe Premiere Pro won't import TiVo files smoothly. A quick fix is to convert TiVo to a more "edit" friendly codec for Premiere Pro. Here is how.
In my view, most of us would like to use video editing programs like Adobe Premiere Pro to edit some videos/movies in order to get better files. I have recently exporting a TV show from my TiVo to PC using my TiVo home network, and the file is in .TiVo format. Does anyone know the best way to edit TiVo in Premiere Pro? Google search there are multiple results, and it took me a long time to find a simple answer. Now I'm writing this topic for those who also intend to import TiVo files to Adobe Premiere Pro for further editing.
What we’d accept that TiVo is not a widely supported format by our media devices and editing software including Adobe PP. The quick and effective workaround I’ve found out is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a Mac TiVo to Premiere Pro Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9) and the coming Yosemite(10.10).
With it, you can effortlessly transcode TiVo shows to MPEG-2 video for Adobe Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6/CC, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Meanwhile, the Mac Video Conversion tool can create files compatible with various non-linear editing systems like Avid, FCE, FCP, iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Elements, etc. For encoding TiVo to Premiere Pro friendly video on Windows, try Brorsoft Video Converter. Below is how.
Convert TiVo files to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro without losing quality
1: Load TiVo files to the program
Start up this TiVo converter program, and then click “Add” to import all .tivo files.
Tip: When first loading, this Mac TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.
2: Choose output profile
Select “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro.
Tips: You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.
3: Start TiVo to Adobe Premiere Pro conversion
Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner, this Mac video converter will start to convert TiVo to .MPG for Premiere Pro! Once the conversion completes, you are free to use TiVo files in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC.
1. Before the conversion, you can edit the TiVo TV shows with the TiVo Converter for Mac. By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.
2. If you want to edit .tivo in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step. For converting .tivo to Final Cut Pro, you need to choose "Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the best codec.
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