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How to transfer TiVo recordings to your Mac over Ethernet or WiFi for journalistic or other pro use
For a long time, I have had my eye on TiVo to use instead of the Comcast-provided Motorola DVR. I have known for a few years that the workflow required to re-purpose DVR recordings is much smoother, cleaner, and easier with a TiVo than what’s feasible with a conventional DVR. Up until recently, the price for an HD TiVo unit —together with the monthly TiVo fee— had kept me away. However, in the month of September 2010, TiVo was giving away the latest entry level model known as TiVo Premiere when one signed up for a 2-year contract. Under this agreement, the TiVo monthly fee is only US$3 more than what Comcast charges for the old Motorola DVR rental, so the offer became irresistible. This article describes the process to upgrade from your conventional DVR to TiVo Premiere, and the available workflows to re-purpose content for personal or professional use, including the steps to enable editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 or (with additional steps) with Final Cut Pro.
In this article you’ll discover
- TiVo Premiere’s features, beyond just being a nicer DVR
- Professional applications for the TiVo Premiere
- What’s a CableCARD, and how to get one
- How to link your TiVo Premiere via your network to your Mac
- How to transfer content from TiVo Premiere to your Mac, the official way
- How to transfer content from TiVo Premiere to your Mac, the unofficial way
- Editing workflow from TiVo-derived content
- My only criticisms about TiVo Premiere
Read the whole article here.