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Why are .mts files now invisible in my Finder?

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Ross Harrison Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 4, 2012 2:07 AM



Can anyone explain why the .mts files in my archived folders which I take from my camcorder's SD do now not show up in Finder?


Before, I would drag and save the file structure from my panasonic AC-160 to my macbook pro and be able to click through and see all the individual videos, and open and play them with Quicktime from Finder. Now though, when I click through the folders, the .mts files do not show up, although they are still there and accessible from Final Cut 6 log and transfer.


I have upgraded to Mountain Lion, but I'm fairly sure this problem had begun a month or more ago, before the upgrade.


Anyone able to tell me how to make the files visible in Finder again?




  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Hi Ross

                  I think this is a Mountain Lion issue. You will probably have the Panasonic MTS viewer plug in for Quicktime installed which enables you to view MTS files in Quicktime player.

    Within your root folder the "PRIVATE " folder is now a quicktime player icon and won't open.

    The workaround to view the MTS files is to right click on the icon and select "show package contents" and then again on the next folder etc until you reach the "STREAM" folder. Copy this folder to the destination of your choice and you will have the files which can then be viewed in Quicktime Player. This saves you the time of having to go through the same process every time you want to view the files.

    Good Luck


  • David Mclaine Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    I know, it's a pain in the proverbial. I'm still trying to find a solution,maybe someone else will chime in and solve it for us.




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