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OrenYarkoni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 5, 2013 1:05 AM

I have MTS files that I wish to edit in iMovie and they are unrecognizable. MPEG streamclip also doesn't recognize them.

Help?

MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), iOS 6.1.3
  • Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5 (4,510 points)
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    Apr 5, 2013 2:23 AM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Did you install the MPEG-2 component?

    <http://www.squared5.com/svideo/mpeg-streamclip-mac.html>

  • levisurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 6:47 AM (in response to Malcolm J. Rayfield)

    Hiya

    Yes I have similar problem.

    I have tried to instal the MPEG-2 component but it now asks for  me to "double-click the file QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg to open the Quick Time MPEG2 disk image!"

    Where is that stored?

    Thanks

    Paul

  • levisurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 6:50 AM (in response to levisurfer)

    my iMac is Jan 2013 model with Mountain Lion X, and i read this

    On OS X Lion and later, MPEG-2 playback functionality is built into QuickTime X. The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component is not required and cannot be installed.

     

    If it can't be installed and yet still does not work is this now  aproblem for SQUARED5 to be working on ?


  • H9_Danny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Hi

    I am a relative newcomer  to imovie and I have just faced the same issue.

    After discovering that a lot of the free converters have their own watermark on your  converted video, I finally downloaded a free (watermark free) app called macx video converter. It is easy to use

    I am also on mountain lion

    I hope this helps

  • levisurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 7:28 AM (in response to H9_Danny)

    THANKS Danny

     

    Did you get the software from these guys ?

    http://www.macxdvd.com/mac-video-converter-free/

     

    Have you notice any degradation in video quality ?

    Paul

  • H9_Danny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 7:35 AM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    yes I did use that link.

     

    To be honest I haven't noticed any quality difference but some of the more experienced guys here may answer that question  better.

     

    I have used the free version rather than the pro version purely for the reason that I wanted to see if I liked the interface and ease of use before spending  out on something that was too difficult but the free version seems to be doing the job for me.

    I am finding the whole transition from windows very frustrating at times  as I am not a computer  expert but I am sticking at it.

    It wasn't the first one I have tried but I decided on this one after reading these forums for hours

  • levisurfer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to H9_Danny)

    Great - I am about to give it a thorough test myself.

    Like you I have just switched from Windows and am finding it great fun - but also an uophill struggle from time to time.

     

    But i am loving FCP X for sure and will be using .mov files from my Canon ESO 650 D / Rebel T4i so shouldn;t be too much of a problem.

    However i do have some .mts files from my Panasonic that I neeede to import into my current project - hence the need for a good quality converter!

     

    I appreciate your help and if you want to stay in touch about stuff u can get me here or on  paulv@paulv.co.uk

     

    Thanks


    paul

  • H9_Danny Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 14, 2013 5:32 PM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Hi Paul

     

    I am currently using a panasonic  SD90 (again a basic camcorder for my learning curve on filming) and my next buy is a Canon XA10. I have started filming on iframe (and it downloads great) but if I take any pics then it automatically reverts back to AVCHD which is a nuisance and Apple tell me that I would have to download the pics first and then reset it to iframe for it to stay in ifame but at least I understand the process now it has been explained to me.

     

    I must say that I took out  one to one and it has been worth every penny as it allows me to go into far more detail than the standard workshops. The staff have been great  and very patient.

    I am currently researching watermarking my film and photos for my next lession as from what I understand, goggle are saying that you have to either register or watermark your work or they will claim rights to it...I may be wrong but that is my current understanding of things.

    I  have downloaded iwatermark (again free) just to see how I get on with the interface and it is fine so far. I am very much a visual learner and once I am confidant I will look to purchase something that is pro level and easy to use.

     

    Danny

  • siberjames Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    May 30, 2013 7:01 PM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Personally, I have made good experiences with the AppGeeker Video Converter for converting MTS files.

    How to convert MTS to MOV for Mac

    The utility has options to convert MTS for iMovie, iTunes and other Apple Products.

    It is worth a try.

     

    James

  • delas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 6:59 PM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Hi,

    i've found a solution for now by using iMovie.

    Import the mts through the camera connected to the MBP,then open iMovie. then open the import from camera.

    When you've finished importing to your MBP,it will automatically convert the MTS to MOV.

     

    -Delas-

  • emmalucky Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 22, 2013 10:41 PM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    I do not find any free program that can do MTS to MOV conversion well. You can have a try to get other program to keep your video's quality while converting MTS to MOV.

  • houdiniFr Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 23, 2013 2:22 AM (in response to emmalucky)

    I know two free apps converting AVCHD mts to Prores mov (Prores is imported into iMovie'11),

     

    Hybrid http://www.selur.de/

    Free AVCHD to mov on the App Store

  • fakeXsound Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 7, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    Hi,

     

    If you're using iMove, you probably don't have a copy of Adobe's Creative Suite, but if you do, the bundled software called Adobe Media Encoder works perfectly for converting MTS files to MP4, MOV, or pretty much whatever you want.

  • jonnerkass Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 9, 2013 7:12 AM (in response to OrenYarkoni)

    hi guys, As far as I know, there are several freeware supports to convert mts video to .MOV for imovie or QT on Mac OS. VLC Player and FFMpeg all great for convert .MTS video to .MOV on mac, I have use vlc player for years it works well on my PC.

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