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What is MTS File

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MTS (or M2TS) is a file extention for the high definition digital video camera recorder format, i.e. AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. The AVCHD format was developed jointly by Sony & Panasonic and introduced in 2006, mainly used in their digital camcorders.

For video codec, AVCHD uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard, while for audio compression, it supports Dolby AC-3 audio. AVCHD supports 720p and 1080i HD video formats. And both are with MTS (or M2TS) file extention.

How to Play MTS files

mp4 video converterOn the computer, you'll find it difficult to play MTS files, especially on Mac. However, you can use some well-known media players to play MTS files, such as VLC. It is a totally free and cross-platform media player, fully supporting AVCHD MTS and M2TS format. Besides being used as a MTS file player, VLC also supports a wide array of audio and video formats like WMV, MKV, M4V, FLV, AVI, MOV, AVI, MP4, 3GP, VOB, MP3 and so on.

How to Edit MTS files


Some Sony and Panasonic video camcorders have software to open and edit AVCHD MTS files. However, it's not so convenient to edit MTS files on a camcorder. You may want to transfer MTS files from your camcorder to your computer for editing, right? But there comes a problem. If you do it, you'll find almost all video editors, such as Windows Movie Maker on Windows platform and iMovie or FCP on Mac platform, can't support MTS format. Well, how to edit MTS files in these famous video editing programs? The only solution is to convert MTS files, so you can import MTS to these apps sucessfully. (Check out the guide below.)

How to convert MTS files

MTS is one of the formats that is hard to play or use widely. However, things can be completely different by converting MTS format. For example, if you want to play MTS files with the media player that you're used to, say, QuickTime, you can convert MTS to a compatible format for the player. Or if you want to edit it in Windows Movie Maker, iMovie, etc, you also need to convert it for editing. In order to enjoy or share MTS more conveniently, converting MTS to various portable devices is also a great idea.

To convert MTS videos, Wondershare Video Converter ( Video Converter for Mac ) is a great help. It supports any audio & video format output, even directly lets you convert MTS to any popular app or device. Below is the detailed guide on basis of Windows platform. (Note: the operation on Mac is almost the same as that of Windows.)

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1 Add MTS videos to the MTS video converter

First, transfer MTS files from your camcorder to your computer. Then, in this app, click the "Add Files" button on the top-left corner of the window, next, browse the computer to select the MTS files you want to convert. At last, click ok to import them. Another way is to directly drag the target files to this app's pane. This app supports batch conversion.

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2 Choose an output format you want

On the Output Format panel, you just hit the "Format" image icon. In the following output format list, you'll see almost all popular formats or devices are sorted into different categories. If you want to convert MTS to other audio or video formats, just go to Format to select the exact format you want. To play MTS on some device, you can find the optimized output format for the device in Device category.

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3 (Optional) Edit MTS files

Select the video item you want, click "Edit" button, you will open its editing windows. Now you can:

Trim: Cut off any segment of the video.
Crop: customize the screen size (16:9, 4:3 etc) and remove black margins of the videos.
Effect: Adjust volume and apply different effect styles (Gray, Emboss, Negative, etc).
Watermark: Add image or text watermark to your MTS videos.
Subtitles: Add the plug-in subtitles or customized subtitles .

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4 Start converting MTS files

Click "Convert" to start converting MTS to the format you want. When the conversion is finished, click "Open Folder" to find the converted files. Now, you can transfer them to your devices or applications etc for uses. In this way, you can play MTS files in any place.

Further Reading:

Convert MTS to DVD Quickly and Easily : Follow this guide to burn MTS DVD on both PC and Mac conveniently (Windows 8 included).

Cut MTS Files : If there are some scenes or segments you dissatisfy in MTS files, you can learn how to cut MTS files to your desirable segments here.

Free MTS Player for Windows 8: This article introduces several intuitive MTS players to help you play MTS files smoothly in Windows and Mac.

Convert MTS/M2TS to VOB : Want to convert M2TS/MTS to VOB for burning into a DVD disc? Consider it done here.

Join MTS/M2TS Files : Join MTS/M2TS files easily and quickly with a powerful MTS/M2TS joiner.

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