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Formac TVR Driver:
  • iMovie 4 support: watch, record and edit TV directly in iMovie 4
  • Online scheduling via Titan TV's online program guide
  • Watch and record TV in scalable window or full-screen
  • Channel assistant for automatic channel identification

What's New

Version 3.6.2 adds support for Mac OS X 10.5.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

*Previously available here

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joetaxpayer Member IconReview+1
joetaxpayer
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Unfortunately, this device seems no longer supported. I can still run it on an old G5, but no reason I shouldn't be able to move it to my new Mac Pro. A real shame. When the G5 dies, this will be a doorstop.

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Version 3.6.2
deepinc Member IconReview+0
deepinc
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I bought my Studio TVR several years ago and it was fine running under Mac OS9. I have since bought a DV video camera so haven't needed the Formac but I recently decided to transfer all my analog tapes to a hard drive. First I couldn't get the new 3.6.2 software to launch kept getting error 01 (tried on my Mac G4, MacBook and iMac all running OS 10.5.5). Tried an external power supply but still didn't work. I then decided to try just in iMovie and was able to import several hours of video. The picture was fine and the audio was fine as I was importing, however when I tried to play back, there was a huge digital noise over the track. I traced this down to the video input. After some reading on the Formac site I see that I may need a firmware update but have no idea where or how to get this. I was previously registered but was unable to log in to the site. I have tried writing the company twice in the past week but have gotten no replies. After reading this thread I see I am not alone! It seems like a hopeless case and a huge waste of money since there appears to be NO support.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a similar product. I don't really want the TV part, I just want to do good quality transfers of my old video tapes.

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Version 3.6.2
macstefan12 Member IconComment+0
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They have a new trick to collect money: Under OS-X 10.4.8 the software-version 3.2 starts and ends with the demand to upgrade the TVR with a new flashrom. That is expensive, of course. And warranty will be given only when you let them change it.

Even in germany I can't get a phone connection to formac!

Shame on them. This is a company without any of the german ideals like good product quality or service orientation.

Has anyone a driverversion higher than 2.5 and less than 3.2?

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Version 3.5
Fabro Member IconReview+42
Fabro
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Quoted from another user's review:
"... then download and install the latest version of Vidi, I have found Vidi works infinitely better the offical Formac software."
I think this should sufficiently emphasize the quality of their support ... never seen a company that wants to be paid for a simple firmware upgrade, also requiring its customers to send the product back to the factory for this ... and never seen so much negative feedbacks from angry customers.
It's a pity because, after all, the quality of their products is good ... but what do you do if you are a video professional and you can't get support for something you work with?

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Version 3.5
Vegas-Man! Member IconReview+9
Vegas-Man!
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if this device is for people who want to import video directly into imovie or Final Cut Pro. It is not suppose to be a tv solution. Get el Gato for that. EL GATO cannot directly mport into imovie. This can.
Enough said

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Version 3.5
adamacos Member IconComment+0
adamacos
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DON'T BUY anything from Formac.
They never answer and never give solutions
to their customers.
Completely dissapointed!!!

No support for their old products, NOTHING.
Bliahhhhh

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Version 3.2
Jim Member IconReview+0
Jim
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Really cool when it works, but unfortunately it doesn't always work and when it doesn't it's impossible to get help from their email based support system. I have emailed them repeatedly over the last five months and they never reply. There have no support available via phone. I'd reccomend avoiding this product and this company because if you ever have any difficulties your all alone.

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Version 3.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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To those who have been having connection problems with the Formac Studio TVR.

Below are some general tips that probably have already been mentioned but I feel are worth reiterating.

Try plugging in the Formac Studio TVR to it's own FireWire port It seems that the Studio prefers not to be daisy chained with other devices.

If you have a lot of FireWire devices, even if they are plugged in to separate ports, especially devices such as iPods that don't have independent power supplies, the Formac Studio may not be getting adequate power. Formac sells a power brick for $39.

Also if you have a laptop, even if you don't have other devices plugged in, again the Formac studio may not be getting enough power through the FireWire bus.

Check to make sure you have the latest version of the Formac Studio TVR Firmware.

Make sure you have the newest version of Mac OS X and QuickTime you can.

Finally if you are still having problems do a search for everything related to Formac Studio on your computer and Vidi if you have it installed, remove everything. Downloa, Install, and setup the latest version of the offical Formac Studio software, and then download and install the latest version of Vidi, I have found Vidi works infinitely better the offical Formac software.

Following these tips I no longer have any issues using my Formac Studio on my PowerMac Dual 1.8GHz G5, running Mac OS 10.4.2, QuickTime 7.0.1, and Vidi 0.4.5.

Hope this helps.

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Version 3.2
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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I wish formac would go out of business. You can't even download their own software from their web site. I try and log in and they won't let me for the last few months. Nobody helps you. You got to get your credit card company involved if you want your money back.

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Anonymous
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Before installing Tiger all went well with Studio TVR (with driver 3.1 and earlier). With Tiger the application behaves erratically, most of the times won't show the TV window.

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Version 3.1
dsowards
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TVR 3.2 is now posted on Formac's website as of 6//17/05

http://www.formac.com/files/software/StudioTVR320.dmg

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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nope unfortunately vidi doesn't see it either :(((

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Version 3.1
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Downloads 11,269
Version Downloads 3,855
License Updater
Date 14 Nov 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free