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  • 15. Re: How to convert MTS files
    gstoner Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I had to convert some .MTS video files at work and found that the new version of Handbrake (requiring VLC Player) seems to do a great job of converting it to H.264 video.

    Hope that helps.
  • 16. Re: How to convert MTS files
    Eric Shawn2 Level 3 Level 3 (600 points)
    Interesting. In all my research to a solution, this is the first time someone has mentioned Handbrake. I will definitely give that a go. I'll let you know how it works out.

    To answer RoryandCari, other than gstoner's suggestion, I haven't found any other solution, except using my Intel Mac at work to download and convert through iMovie. Which by the way does a very good job in terms of speed of download and quality of conversion.

    I have actually decided to bite the bullet, and dish out some cash for a Mac Pro Quad 8. I justified it as an investment to my work, and to get future proofed. Gets delivered tomorrow. But I will still test the Handbrake suggestion.
  • 17. Re: How to convert MTS files
    Eric Shawn2 Level 3 Level 3 (600 points)
    So I tried the latest version of Handbrake. It recognizes .mts files and can convert it to m4v, avi, mkv, and omg. I converted to m4v (H.264). It does the job ok, and pretty quick by video conversion standard (a 200MB mts file took about 4 min to convert). At such a small conversion size (13.8MB) the quality is not bad, but only if you view the full 1920 x 1080 at half the size. At full 1920 x 1080 you can see the quality degradation. iMovie converts mts files at about half the size of 1920 x 1080. But the quality is so much better. It retains pretty much all the details of the original mts file. Which means it will look better when viewed on an HDTV, burned on a normal DVD. I'm sure the quality would look better if it was burned as a true Blu-ray format.

    IMO, if you don't have an Intel Mac, don't require large format videos (920 x 518 or smaller), and you don't mind loosing some details, then I recommend Handbrake. It does the best job in it's class. Other than that, you'll have to get an Intel Mac and use iMovie.
  • 18. Re: How to convert MTS files
    Tristan Merritt Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I have Sony HDR-SR12 camera here, Honestly, You do need high end intel, not G4/G5 or minimac/early iMac as they don't have the "power" to perform fast enough. If you're complaining, you might consider getting Mac Pro to do the job fast enough.
    I'm using Intel E8500 hackintosh here, and to convert video in VolaicHD and to convert 1gb takes 15minutes to convert. (even my G5 Dual 1.8 is still slow enough and takes 3-4x longer than hackintosh)
    Also toast works as well and latest version of iMovie can load them aswell..
  • 19. Re: How to convert MTS files
    jacjos Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Use the free tool -Video Monkey
  • 20. Re: How to convert MTS files
    TimP35 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I downloaded Handbrake, but when I go to finder to open it show up in my toolbar and then disappears and won't open. Any idea on how to get past that problem?
  • 21. Re: How to convert MTS files
    Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)
    Handbrake is a useless program for editing. Look into Mpeg Streamclip.

  • 22. Re: How to convert MTS files
    nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,520 points)
    iMovie foes not play/convert individual .mts files; it needs the complete folder structure from the camcorder to interpret them. Then it converts them to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) which is more editing-friendly. You have to convert individual files to use them. Use MPEG Streamclip (free) to convert them to AIC.

    Or import direct from the camera and have iMovie do the conversion for you.
  • 23. Re: How to convert MTS files
    nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,520 points)
    MPEG Streamclip is free and does the job
  • 24. Re: How to convert MTS files
    David Sloan1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have same problem and managed to convert with Toast. Is MPEG streamclip any better? I have downloaded it but found I have to buy Quicktime mpeg coder as well. Although it is not that expensive there is little point if it does not produce a better result than Toast.
  • 25. Re: How to convert MTS files
    nick101 Level 4 Level 4 (3,520 points)
    MPEG Streamclip gives you more options for transcoding. If Toast does the job for you, you may as well carry on with it.
  • 26. Re: How to convert MTS files
    SepticBurrito Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you want a fast convert to a H 264 file use either of these.

    If you have a Mac with descent graphics card, you can wait until Snow Leopard hits the streets. In theory, OpenCL should support hardware acceleration of H 264 encoding onto the graphics card. Similar sets up on the Windows side, using NVIDIA hardware saw something like a 7X speed increase.
  • 27. Re: How to convert MTS files
    xiaowei Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Although my post is too late, I hope it could be of some help to you.

    To the question you asked, you can just use a MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac program to solve it.

    And I am glad to share this nice program with you: Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

    I just found it a few days ago through google search. It can help the people who are using the AVCHD digital camcorders including Canon HF S11 and HF 21 to edit and convert their high definition record videos (*.mts or *.m2ts) to other video and audio formats, such as MP4, 3GP, 3G2 AVI, MPG. MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, VOB, SWF, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV, AC3, M4A, MP3, WAV etc.
    For more information please refer to: http://www.pavtube.com/mts-converter-mac/

    I prefer the program as its after-sale service is wonderful. After I purchasing the program, thier support center delivered an email for greeting and helping. How warm and kind!
  • 28. Re: How to convert MTS files
    xiaowei Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    So I think when choosing an appropriate program for ourselves, we should consider not only its quality, functions, but also its after-sale service.
    By the way, its quality is good and there is no spyware.
  • 29. Re: How to convert MTS files
    lulud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you want to convert m2ts/mts video files, there is an easy way, you can try HD Video Converter for Mac, it can convert your MTS M2TS video files to various video formats including HD AVI, HD QuickTime, HD WMV, AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV, WMV, etc. for playing on different devices.

    Work well on my computer, i like it, and i believe that once you try it, you will like it too. Following is a step by step guide:

    Hope it can help you.