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Old 10-18-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Converting Tivo files to HD on Mac

I've got a Tivo Premiere and Tivo Premiere Elite. I work on a Mac Pro Quad-Core Intel system.

Here's my problem: I work at a television station and record all of our News Programs in HD. I would like to download specific shows to my Mac using Toast 11 and convert them to an HD .mov file for editing in Final Cut Pro in HD.

After downloading from the Tivo and hitting convert, Toast is telling me:

"Your video will be exported at 640x480 resolution, the maximum size allowed by TiVO."

Is this really true??? I need it in HD... 720 at the least. HELP! There are no copyright issues here so how can I make this happen? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:06 AM   #2
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I've got a Tivo Premiere and Tivo Premiere Elite. I work on a Mac Pro Quad-Core Intel system.

Here's my problem: I work at a television station and record all of our News Programs in HD. I would like to download specific shows to my Mac using Toast 11 and convert them to an HD .mov file for editing in Final Cut Pro in HD.

After downloading from the Tivo and hitting convert, Toast is telling me:

"Your video will be exported at 640x480 resolution, the maximum size allowed by TiVO."

Is this really true??? I need it in HD... 720 at the least. HELP! There are no copyright issues here so how can I make this happen? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
Don't use the TiVo, copy them at the station from their equipment to a portable hard drive.

Unless you don't want them to know you're making the tv equivalent of a radio announcer's aircheck tape 'cause you're job shopping.
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Old 10-19-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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Ok... not very helpful... please don't waste my time with answers like this. Either it can be done or it can't but "don't use the Tivo" doesn't do me any good.

First: It's not called an aircheck tape, it's called a reel or resume' tape.

Second: Not "job shopping"... looking for a solution to a problem.

Third: For a number of reasons (yes I've discussed this with our engineering department) recording HD airchecks (8 half hour shows/day) to our internal server for any extended amount of time is not possible.

Finally: The TiVO's are located "INSIDE" the building and our "INTERNAL DEPARTMENT" records the shows... My general manager would like to know if this is possible so we can use the HD quality "airchecks"!

I would appreciate any "helpful" advice on finding a solution to my problem.

Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:26 AM   #4
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:38 AM   #5
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My apologies to anyone who may be offended by my last post... I'm a professional with over 15 years in the business and under an extremely tight deadline on this. No time for advice on "tv 101". I need help from people serious about finding solutions to problems... I know you're out there.
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Old 10-19-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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I would skip Toast and just use kmttg
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Old 10-19-2011, 11:01 AM   #7
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Forgive my ignorance but what is kmttg?
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:51 PM   #8
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http://code.google.com/p/kmttg/
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Old 10-22-2011, 01:28 PM   #9
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I use iTivo to copy shows to my Mac but I have not tried doing any HD post-processing with them. I would think once they are on the Mac you should be able to convert them with Apple's MPEG2 codec and QuicktimePro.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:32 AM   #10
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I find KMTTG way too obtuse to use. I just tried out iTivo and that seemed to work great for a simple conversion - it will also drop the show into iTunes if you like which is super for AppleTV owners - and those that like to use EyeTV for 2 extra HDTV tuners as well.
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:53 PM   #11
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Is there any Mac software that can remove the commercials before putting them into iTunes?
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:25 AM   #12
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Try iSkySoft Video converter. It's $35 and should do what you want. I transfer the TIVO file to my Mac via Toast and then use Video Converter to convert to any format I want.
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