How to convert TiVo files to other media formats like MP4, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc?
I often record some wonderful parts of TV shows while watching them with my TiVo HD DVR. I guess you guys may do the same thing as I do. Recording is easy, however playing these TiVo files with computer media players, or portable devices, or some other gadgets is difficult. Since TiVo files are saved by digital video recorders in their proprietary format with copyright protection, it's technically impossible to play recorded TV programs on other players without format conversion. To make these files possible for playback on other media players or devices, I often use Pavtube Video Converter to do conversion job. Because of its beautiful performance, especially for it does not let my video and audio go in separate ways, I’d like to share its detailed instruction here, hope it can definitely help you guys who are having this requirement.
First of all, download and install Pavtube Video Converter.
Step 1: Import TiVo files
Once you run this program, you will see the main interface as below. You are allowed to click “Add” button to load TiVo files into this utility.
Step 2: Select output format and set save path
Click the drop-down list of “Format” to select an output format according to your end use of the output files: add to iPhone for playback, you can select MP4 or MOV; import to BlackBerry for entertainment, you can choose AVI, WMV, or MP4; insert to PPT for presentation, you can select WMV or MPG; upload to your personal blogs or video-sharing website, you can select FLV, etc. All in all, you can choose whatever format as you like. Here I choose the .mp4 format for my PS3 as an example.
Meanwhile, you can click the folder icon at the end of “Output” to specify where to locate the output files. If you want to combine all the TiVo files you added into this program to be as a single file, you can tick the checkbox “Merge into one file”.
Step 3: Set advanced settings
If you want to adjust the audio and video parameters of your TiVo files, you can click “Settings” button to do it. The following pop-up window allows you to change codec, the figures of bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc. so that you can do advanced settings according to your own requirements. Generally speaking, the larger figures generate larger file size but better quality; the smaller values produce smaller file size but inferior image quality. If you are not good at this step, you can totally skip it.
Step 4: Convert
As soon as the above mentioned steps are finished, you can click “Convert” button to start conversion, and the output files can be found via click “Open” button after conversion task is done.
Well, done, hope this helps.