Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sync TiVo to iPad (Air 2/Mini 3 included) via Mac

Description: Are you still racking your brains about how to sync Tivo recordings to iPad on Mac? To tell you a good news, you just come to the right place. The article will share the simplest solution to convert and transfer Tivo to iPad via iTunes in a breeze. Let's move on.

Imagine, if you transfer your TiVo recordings to iPad (Air 2 and Mini 3 included), no matter where you are, you just need to take out your lover, and you will be able to enjoy your favorite TV shows or sports matches freely. However, you will be definitely bothered by the question of format incompatibility. To work this out, the only route is to convert Tivo to iTunes/iPad acceptable format, i.e. M4V, MOV or MP4, with the help of a Tivo to iPad Converter for Mac.

Preparation for syncing TiVo to iPad on Mac:

1. Software: Tivo to iPad Converter for Mac, TiVoDecode Manager;
2. Operating system: Mac OS X El Capitan/Yosemite/Mavericks/Mountain Lion


Part 1: Transfer TiVo recordings to Mac (or MacBook)

Once you've recorded your favorite shows on your TiVo box, you can transfer them to your Mac with certain software as long as your TiVo box is connected to your home network. Although the TiVo Desktop software for the Mac (supplied by TiVo) does not allow user to transfer TiVo recordings to Mac, there are other freeware can accomplish this task, like the TiVoDecode Manager. 

* Run the app, enter your TiVo's IP address in the TiVo IP Address box. 
* Next click the Prefs button in the lower-right corner. Fill in the Media Access Key. A list of shows on your TiVo will appear in the Now Playing list. 
* Select the show and click Add Show To Queue. The selected show now appears in the Download Queue list. 
* Click Download Location to select where you want to save it. The app allows you to convert TiVo shows to MPEG-4 video for iPad. Of course you can play these TiVo shows with QuickTime Player. 

Part 2: Convert TiVo recordings to to iPad compatible formats

There are too many converting tools on market, yet few do convert TiVo files. A recommended one is iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (Review), which converts TiVo files to iPad supported format efficiently with high output quality in a hassle free manner. And it can also convert Tivo, MP4, H.265, MKV, AVI, VOB, DVD, Blu-ray movies, ISO/IFO image files, etc. to specific devices, since it offers optimized presets for differences gadgets, like Android, iPhone, iPad, VR One, Gear VR, Xbox, PSP, Roku, Sony Blu-ray Player, MP3 Player and more on Windows (Windows 10, 8.1, 8 included). Apart from that, you can change the video visual effects with the built-in video editor. The supported video editing functions include trimming, cropping, adding watermarks and also loading subtitles.

Before converting TiVo files, let's take a look at the iPad-supported video formats:

  1. H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;
  2. 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;
  3. Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, MacM stereo audio in .avi file format.

Now please refer to the converting procedures below:

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Step 1. Input Media Access Key. 

Launch iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, Click on the "Option" button, switch to TiVo tab, and enter your Media Access Key. Click "OK" to confirm.

Then click "Add video" to import your Tivo files.

Step 2: Select an output format for iPad.

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 Video H.264(*.mp4)", "iPad Air Full HD Video(*.mp4)", "iPad Air HD Video(*.mp4)", "iPad Mini HD Video(*.mp4)", "iPad 3/4 (New iPad) Full HD Video(*.mp4)", "iPad 3/4 (New iPad) HD Video(*.mp4)", "iPad 2 Video(*.mp4)", "iPad HD Video(*.mp4)". You can select any one of them according to your own needs.

Step 3: Click "Settings" button to adjust audio and video parameters

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.

Step 4: Click "Start conversion" 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 Mac, and then sync the videos to iPad via iTunes.

Provided that you prefer using PC to Mac, iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is a better choice for you to sync TiVo recordings to iPad for freely watching. The windows version is here and you can also use it to encode Tivo to Blu-ray Player for playback.

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