iMovie TiVo solution: Importing TiVo to iMovie for editing

iMovie, a widely used editing software on Mac, does not support TiVo files. As far as we know, iMovie generally can recognize a few file formats like DV, MOV, M4V, MP4 and some AVI files from cams. So you will find once you’re trying to import a TiVo file to iMovie, you just get the “gray out” result. This article will give you a workaround to edit TiVo in iMovie flawlessly.

In order to enable iMovie to ingest TiVo videos for editing, the easy workaround is to convert TiVo to iMovie supported video formats. Since Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) is the most compatible codec introduced by Apple which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the quick option is to get a TiVo to AIC Converter to convert TiVo files to AIC MOV for iMovie.

To fulfill task, you can try Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (compatible with Yosemite and Mavericks), which can transcode TiVo to AIC encoded MOV which ensures best results for using in iMovie(no matter iMovie HD, iMovie 08, iMovie 09, or iMovie 11). It also provides simple video editing functions for you. The main features of this TiVo to iMovie converter for Mac are high conversion speed with zero quality loss and supporting to convert from and to more than 70 formats like MP4, AVI, FLV, WMV, MKV, MOV, etc.

How to convert and import TiVo recordings to iMovie with 3 easy steps

Step 1. Load TiVo files

Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag and drop the TiVo files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the app.

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. Select output format

Hit the “Format” bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) as output format. This format is specially designed for iMovie.

Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc for iMovie.

Step 3. Start converting TiVo to iMovie

Tap “Convert” button on the main interface to start TiVo to AIC MOV conversion on Mac OS X.

You can check the conversion process in the Window. After the conversion, it is easy to import TiVo videos to iMovie’11, iMovie’09, iMovie’08 for further editing.

Editor’s Note: This smart  TiVo to iMovie converter can also help you to convert TiVo and many other video formats like AVI, MPG, MP4, MOV, MTS, VOB to professional encoders like ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. to seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc. Besides, you can use it to convert videos to play on your portable media player.

Related Guides:
Convert TiVo to MKV in lossless way
Convert TiVo files to MPEG Without Quality Loss

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