You might have a TiVo DVR and use it to record an entire season of Game of Thrones, then it would be great if you can upload the content from your Tivo for editing in FCP, iMovie and FCE before uploading to YouTube or posting them on Facebook. However, you may always have render problems whenever importing. Therefore, finding an available workaround to resolve the Tivo videos and FCP/iMovie/FCE incompatibility issues seems to be of top priority.
The fact is TV shows can be recorded in .tivo format which is not ideal for playback on computer, not to mention editing TiVo with iMovie, FCP, FCE, etc NLE systems on Mac OS X. On this occasion, it is advisable to get a tool available for Mac (OS X El Capitan or earlier) users to convert your Tivo files to editable format like ProRes, AIC. mov to fit FCP/iMovie/FCE natively first.
To diminish the difficulty in converting Tivo to FCP/iMovie/FCE as easy as rolling off a log, you can count on iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, which can:
Below is how to convert Tivo videos to ProRes for using in FCP, iMovie, FCE on Mac beautifully.
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Step 1: Load Tivo video files
Run the best Tivo video Converter on Mac and click "Add video" button to load them for conversion. It supports converting multiple Tivo files at a time, which means that you can add more than one Tivo videos to the program and do batch conversion.
When first loading, this TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key (Learn how to find your TiVo Media Access Key). Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click "OK" to confirm.
Step 2: Choose a format for FCP, iMovie, FCE
Click "Format" drop-down bar to select a proper video format. For Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 is optimal. For iMovie and FCE, please move you pointer to "iMovie and Final Cut Express" and select "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)", which is specially developed for editing in iMovie/FCE.
Step 3: Set proper video/ audio parameters
Click the "Settings" button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.
Step 4: Trim TiVo shows
The TiVo recordings may need a little trimming for viewing. The recorded TV shows and movies tend to have commercials, you can use the converter's Trim feature to get rid of these.
Step 5: Start Tivo to FCP/iMovie/FCE Conversion on Mac
When you finish all settings, click the "Start conversion" button to start the Tivo videos to FCP/iMovie/FCE conversion. After the conversion, you can click "Open" button to get the generated files effortlessly. You can keep the original quality of your file and you see the converting process is so simple that even beginners can learn to use it in no time.
1. Before working with TiVo files on Mac OS X, you need to first transfer TiVo video to your Mac. The best way is to download TiVoDecode Manager and transfer Tivo TV shows and movies to Mac.
a. Connect your TiVo to network
Click "Overview" and tap the Media Access Key (MAK) link. Then your MAK will be indicated. Write it down for future use. Now you can log out.
b. Make your Mac is on your network and launch TiVoDecode Manager.
c. Check your TiVo on network
d. Transfer TiVo files to Mac
2. If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don't forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
3. Besides, you can also perform the following operations with the help of this powerful video converter for mac: trim large video files into small video segments; adjust video brightness, contrast, saturation and change video effect as a whole; rotate videos into other angles.
4. Moreover, the Mac video converter can also allows you to convert any virtually video like AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MP4, MPEG, MTS, MXF, MOV, XAVC, etc. to FCP as well as iMovie, FCE, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere, etc for your choice. If you are a PC user, pls turn to iFastime Video Converter Ultimate which also offers Apple ProRes codec.
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