Watch TiVo on Android keeping optimum aspect ratio without video sync problem

In this How-To, I will show you a useful guide to getting TV shows off of TiVo and onto an Android phone/tablet with keeping the original/ correct aspect ratio and then I can enjoy my favorite TV shows without audio sync problems.

I'm an electrical engineer. I like to use Tivo to record documentaries I only use this for myself. Nothing related to my job. I was having trouble converting TIVO using Tivo Video Converter. It would convert about 50% of the files I tried. So I Googled and found comments that this product was doing it. Purchased the product and immediately converted with a problem about 20 files that I couldn't convert previously. I have used ImToo and Applian, but neither works well.

What's more,I have files that the aspect ratio is all wrong. The picture is stretched vertically and the people are all tall and skinny. I suppose there are only so many combinations it can be off since the picture may have been 16 x 9 and saved in 4 x 3 or something like that.

And I have files where the audio is out of sync with the lips that I would like to fix.I have tried some tools that can change it, but the interface is no good. It does not work well to have a box to enter in an offset such as +200 mS or -200 nS. A slider bar would be better and then a button to save the setting you find. I also hear that this problem may be different at the two ends of a file so perhaps a sync at both ends and a save settings.

Here comes the quesion" how to get a best Tivo Converter with the ability to convert TIVO files to Android tablet/phone well synced video files keeping the optimum aspect ratio". Read the article to fix this issue now.

Although TiVo released its offical Android app to allow TiVo customers to use Android device to access TiVo shows via Wi-Fi, but that is restricted to enjoying TV recordings at home. The process sounds easy - first transfers TV shows from TiVo to PC, and then convert the .tivo files to MP4 videos for Android.

Part 1: Transfer TV shows from TiVo to PC

It takes a while depending on length of TV program you are transferring. Make sure your TiVo and computer are in the same home network, and follow this guide to proceed TiVo file transfer:

1. On your PC, launch TiVo Desktop for PC (click to download), the freeware that transfers shows from your networked TiVo box to your computer.

2. Click "Pick Recordings to Transfer." A window showing your TiVo box's "Now Playing" or "My Shows" list appears.

3. Highlight any title in the list to see more information about the show. Check the box next to the title of the show (or shows) you want to transfer.

4. Click "Start Transfer." Transfer times vary, but may take as long as the show's duration to complete the transfer.


Part 2: Convert TiVo shows to Android friendly MP4 video

After transferring to computer the TV shows are saved as .tivo files. The .tivo format, however, is kind of protected MPEG-2 video. The Android based device, however, plays neither protected shows nor MPEG-2 video. That's why you need to encode TiVo to MP4 video (720p or 1080p). See below how to convert TiVo shows to Android playable videos.

Step 1. Download and install Pavtube Tivo to Android Converter to your PC. Launch it and press "Option" button. Switch to "TiVo" tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key.

Tip: How to find your Media Access Key on TiVo: Go to "TiVo Central" menu >> "Messages and Set Up" "Account and System Information", and your Media Access Key would be there.



Step 2. Drag and drop TiVo shows to the main interface for converting.

Step 3. Click "Format" and select an output profile for your Android device. There are optimized presets for Samsung, Amazon Kindle, Google Nexus, Asus Transformer, Acer, Archos and more. Basically the Common Video -> H.264 Video (*.mp4) is an universal format for Android tablets and smartphones.


Optimize the settings – The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the settings button to change the settings by yourself. Keep in mind that the file size and conversion quality is based more on bitrate than resolution (bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss, and vice versa). According to my experience, for watching videos on an Android phone or tablet, 720p with 1500~3000kbps (depends on what device you use) is just all right.

Tips:


Here is a easy way to optimum aspect ratio

Click the pencil-like icon on the top, switch to "Trim", you will be able to set up and start and end point easily.

There are "Simple Mode" and "Advanced Mode" under Crop feature. In "Simple Mode", you can customize values in the box of "Left", "Top" and "Crop Size" to make your crop decision.

Under "Advanced Mode", there are four value fields: Left, Top, Width and Height. You can either type in specific values to the fields or adjust sliders to crop the source file.

Keep original aspect ratio and cropped aspect ratio

To keep original aspect ratio, users need make sure the "Display aspect ratio” and the "Size (pix)" in "Settings" option are all set as "Original". If you want to keep the cropped aspect ratio, Pavtube software offers several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1.

Once you selected a "Display aspect ratio", the "green crop frame" will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video "Size (pix)" in "Settings" section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio. For example, if you want to export a file with "3:2" aspect ratio, firstly, you choose "3:2" in "Display aspect ratio", and then go to "Settings" section to adjust the Video "Size(pix)" as 720x480 or 1440x960. After finished, click "OK" to confirm.


Step 4. If you're happy with the output videos, just press the "Convert" button to begin encoding TiVo shows to MP4 for Andro?id devices.

Once the encoding task completes, you can transfer the converted videos to your Android tablet or phone for viewing on the move.

Pavtube Video Converter, the best Tivo Converter works perfectly on converting Tivo files to all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, AVI, WMV, MPG, ASF, etc. with smart video editing features. The audio/video synchronization is very good, you can get optimum aspect ratio as you need. The equivalent Mac version is Pavtube Video Converter Mac. Just have a try now.

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