Summary: To get Avid Media Composer work perfectly with TiVo shows, the best way is to convert TiVo to DNxHD MOV, something ensuring best results when using TiVo recordings in
Avid. Here is how.
Using TiVo Desktop on your computer you can record TV programs in *.tivo format. However, the .TiVo is an encrypted video format, it’s not easy to play and edit those TV shows. Then, how to get Avid Media Composer working perfectly with TiVo recordings? A best way is to convert TiVo files to DNxHD, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid MC.
If you have problems when editing TiVo files in Avid Media Composer and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. Here I will outline how to transcode TiVo files to DNxHD .mov for smoothly importing and editing in Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/7.
Transcoding TiVo to DNxHD for Editing in Avid Media Composer
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorosft Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a TiVo to Avid Converter under Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, etc. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode TiVo to DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie, etc with the best quality. If you are running a Windows computer, please turn to the alternative Windows version – TiVo Converter. Below is how.
Step 1. Add TiVo videos to the converter
Once you run the TiVo converting program, click Add button to load your source files. When the .tivo files are loaded, you can view the videos from the Preview window.
Tip: When first loading, Brorsoft TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.
Step 2. Choose DNxHD MOV as output format
Brorsoft MOV to Avid Converter features the optimized format preset for Avid Media Composer. Go to "Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)" and set it.
Tips: Advanced video/audio settings
If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.
Step 3. Convert TiVo files to Avid Media Composer
Click “Convert” button and the selected TiVo files will be converted to DNxHD encoded MOV. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Avid Media Composer.
This top TiVo to Avid MC Converter can also help you convert TiVo shows for other editing programs. If you want to use TiVo files in Final Cut Pro, please choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output; for iMovie and FCE, select “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”; to edit TiVo in Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg).
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