How to free play and convert Sony/Canon/Panasonic/JVC MTS files?


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Simple articles about MTS file extension, file structure, how to locate and find MTS files from camcorder, how to play and edit MTS files on Windows and Mac.

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How to free play and convert Sony/Canon/Panasonic/JVC MTS files?

  1. 1. How to free play and convert Sony/Canon/Panasonic/JVC MTS files? What is MTS file? MTS files are high definition MPEG Transport Stream video format, commonly called “AVCHD” used by Sony, Panasonic and other HD camcorders. It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream and supports 720p and 1080i HD video formats. MTS file structure MTS files reside within a specific folder structure, this highly structured system of folders tells the appropriate software on the computer exactly what the file contains and how to best utilize it. When attempting to copy MTS files to computer, by copying the main folder structure rather than just the individual .MTS file, the transition to video editing or viewing software will bu much more smoother.
  2. 2. How to locate and find MTS files from camcorder? Set your camcorder in PC mode and connect it to computer via a USB cable. Open the drive that represents your camcorder, you will see a folder named “PRIVATE”, click it to open a “AVCHD” folder, Inside the AVCHD folder, there is a “BDMV” folder, open the “BDMV” folder again and your will see three folders “CLIPINF”, “PLAYLIST” and “STREAM”, your MTS files is located inside the “STREAM” folder. How to play MTS files? Free MTS file player: Windows Media Player 12, VLC Media Player on Windows, Apple Final Cut Pro
  3. 3. X, VLC Media Player on Mac If you wish to play MTS files on computer with QuickTime, iTunes or transfer MTS to iPad, iPod, iPhone or other portable devices, you can convert MTS to MP4 file format, which is compatible well on both Windows and Mac. How to edit MTS files? Although many non-linear video editing application indicates that they have native editing support for MTS files, however, you still end up with failure when attempting to import MTS files from high-definition camcorder, the main reason is that most video editing application has its own preferable video editing codec. Therefore, a codec transcoding process is indispensable when trying to import MTS files to iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. Best editing codecs for different professional application: iMovie/Final Cut Express: Apple Intermediate Codec Final Cut Pro/7/X: Apple Prores Codec
  4. 4. Avid Media Composer: Avid DNxHD