If you are a HD camcorder user, you must be quite familiar with AVCHD video file (.mts/.m2ts extension), because AVCHD video is the dominant HD format for camcorder recording and playback. Now anyone hoping to convert, edit, share MTS Video Files or looking for a suitable AVCHD Converter can take a look at the article below.
What is MTS?
MTS is a file extension for an AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) video clip format for high-definition video. Recording directly from HD camcorder is one way straightforward to create AVCHD MTS file. Best recommended AVCHD camcorders, e.g. Panasonic HDC-SD9, Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V, Canon Vixia HF S21 and Canon HF10, will definitely surprise you with their 27x Zoom, Ful-HD Video and 10.6-Megapixel Stills.
How to View MTS Video Files on Your PC
Even if you want to edit these files, an initial challenge comes when trying to review your footage on a desktop monitor. Copying the data from the camera (perhaps via a cable or by removing the memory card and copying the clips to your PC) is the easy part. If you don’t have a suitable player for viewing MTS clips, then you’ll be unable to appreciate exactly what you’ve recorded. You might be planning to edit high definition video (more on that later) so checking through to decide what to lose and what to keep will prove useful.
Fortunately there are some applications for viewing MTS videos, available free online:
- The popular VLC Player is one such application, allowing you to load and playback high definition videos saved as MTS format.
- Another popular media player application, The KMPlayer, will also handle MTS files, delivering the crisp detail that you expect from a HD recording.
- Some MTS files will playback in Windows Media Player 11. Because there are slight differences between the methods used by various cameras for encoding in this format, it isn’t a dead cert that your footage will play back, however. Using a codec pack may help – or you could just use one of the third party suggestions above.
Converting MTS Video Files
I recently found that even if viewing video files in MTS format is possible, editing them is another matter entirely. As such, AVCHD Conversion is necessary.
Here Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter (Win/Mac) is recommended as AVCHD Converter for Canon, Sony, Panasonic and JVC cameras. It’s specific on converting AVCHD/MTS/M2TS files to various video formats in sync and encoding them with preferred video codec for NLE programs, such as Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe After Effects CS6, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto. And support QuickTime MOV outputting with the best video quality interlaced or progressive.
What’s more, it’s also a smart assistant to well sync your AVCHD footage to portable devices for playing back on iPad/iPhone/iPod, Android Devices like Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 6/7/9/10, Kindle Fire HD(X); well support Apple TV and other HDTV videos outputting; and other devices like XBox 360, ps4, etc.
How to use this tool?
- Convert mts from Sony Handycam to FCP on Mac
- Viewing .MTS files from HDR-XR150 in Pinnacle Studio 17
- Batch Convert AVCHD to AIC for iMovie
Can I Edit MTS Files?
Different methods are available for editing an MTS file. To save time, you might prefer to head straight in and use a tool such as Windows Live Movie Maker(the most recent version of Microsoft’s desktop video editor), which will natively play back MTS videos and allow you to edit them.
However, the options available in that particular application are limited, and certainly not as advanced as those on offer in the earlier Windows Movie Maker. This is why you might choose to convert the data before editing. Note that if you already have some video editing software installed, this might play MTS natively.
Conclusion: Make Your Choice Wisely
While it appears that more and more applications are providing support for MTS and other AVCHD container formats – hardly surprising given the obvious attractions of high definition video – finding the tools to do the job can prove tricky. Fortunately using the applications listed here you can do what is necessary to review, convert and edit MTS format videos as you see fit, hopefully with very good results.