iPad 2: Recorded TV Shows (TiVo) Transfer?
I belong to TiVo and I have recorded lots of TV shows and movies on my TiVo Box, what i want to do is transfer some of these recording files to my iPad 2 for enjoying on my flight. However, the TiVo videos can’t be played on iPad 2, then how can enjoy these files on my iPad 2?
As far as I know, the best way to watch TiVo videos on iPad 2 is to convert TiVo recordings to iPad compatible video formats e.g. H.264 mp4. The Apple iPad 2 is a great tablet for all sorts of tasks, but one area that it only supports limited video formats. Apple has provided a “Supported TV and Video Types on iPad” sheet to detail playable video and audio formats for iPad(2). And you can see TiVo is not there. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t put TiVo TV shows to iPad 2. We just need get some help from third-party software.
As mentioned above, in order to transfer and copy TiVo recordings on iPad 2, we need a TiVo video converter for iPad 2. There are many programs out there that allow you to do a tivo conversion. Yeah, video converter app varies. A recommended one here is Pavtube Video Converter. It owns perfect support for TiVo recordings, MTS/M2TS, TOD, MOD, and some MXF footages and gurantee super high conversion speed and perfect audio and video synchronization.
To be honest, I use Pavtube for coverting TiVo videos for my iPad. It works very well and I haven’t really had any problems. Conversion speed seems fine and the videos look good on the iPad. I saw Pavtube mentioned in the TiVo forums as a good way to convert for the iPad so I decided to try it. It’s much better than TiVo’s converter. TiVo’s converters for mobile devices are terrible. The TiVo to iPad 2 Converter is now on sale at the company’s Christmas Promotion through Dec. 5, 2011 if you choose this option.
In the following guide I would like to share with you how to get your TiVo recordings ready for iPad. In order to enjoy TiVo recordings on iPad, first of all you get to transfer TiVo to your PC and then convert the TiVo files to iPad compatible formats.
1. Transfer TiVo recordings to PC (or laptop)
Transferring TiVo recordings to PC is easy and straight-forward. All you need is a freeware by TiVo— the TiVo Desktop (download the latest version v2.8). Connect the TiVo box with your home network, and run TiVo Desktop. Click on “Pick Recordings to Transfer”. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer and click on “Start Transfer”. Transfer times vary, but may be as long as the show’s duration to complete the transfer.
2. Convert TiVo recordings to to iPad 2 compatible formats.
Before converting TiVo files, let’s take a look at the iPad 2 supported video formats:
H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Now please refer to the TiVo conversion process below:
(Mac Users could choose this Mac TiVo Video Converter for iPad 2)
Step 1. Input Media Access Key.
Launch the Video Converter, Click on the “Option” button, switch to TiVo tab, and enter your Media Access Key. Click “OK” to confirm.
Step 2: Import TiVo files.
Now click “Add” to import all .tivo files, or you may drag and drop the *.tivo files to the window of program.
Step 2: Select an output format for iPad or iPad 2
Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and then tap “iPad“, after that, you will see three options optimized for iPad showing as below, including “iPad HD Video (*.mp4)”, “iPad Video H.264 (*.MP4)”, “iPad Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)”. You can select any one of them according to your own needs.
You are allowed to adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the popup window to optimize the output file quality. Following are the recommended settings to get best playback quality on iPad 2.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start conversion.
Once finished, you can get the output files for your iPad via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Afterwards, connect your iPad to your PC, and then sync the videos to iPad via iTunes.
So there you have it. Pretty simple. Now just view the high definition TiVo videos on iPad 2 as you like.
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