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.MTS File Extension

AVCHD Camcorder Video File

Video File
The .MTS file format is an AVCHD file (Advanced Video Codec High Definition), a video file format created specifically for high-definition (HD) digital camcorders.

The format was developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic for use in their camcorders. Support for the format has grown and is now supported by Canon, JVC and Sanyo video camcorders.

The format itself is based on the popular MPEG4 video codec and supports both 1080i and 720p video modes.

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File type: Video
Popularity: Very Common (Very Common)
Author: SONY




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    Ron Raine
    2008-10-28 18:32:50
    #1
    I have the Panasonic HDC-SD1 camera which produces .mts files.
    Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 6 recognises the extension but will not do anything with it.
    I also have Ulead Video Studio 11 which does not recognise it - obviously I need the Plus version!
    I do have the Plus version of Pinnacle Studio 11 which recognises and permits editing - albeit rather slowly on my HP laptop, despite its 2GB of memory.
    Overall I am pleased with the video but struggling to find a competent editor that doesn't cost a fortune.
    David
    2009-02-21 23:01:53
    #2
    Try Nero 9. Works well for me and the HD files from my Sony
    Ron Raine
    2009-02-22 18:15:40
    #3
    Cheers David. I am now using Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9 and this does a very good job.
    Ron Raine
    2009-03-02 17:23:32
    #4
    I originally used Pinnacle Studio 11 Plus to convert my mts to mpg because it could not really edit the mts files. Despite Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 9 only costing half the price of Pinnacle it does a far better job and enables titles, transitions and effects to be added to the mts files. I have used both programs on a 1.Ghz 2Gb memory laptop and a 2Ghz 4Gb memory TouchSmart machine with very similar results - so I think it is the Pinnacle software rather than the amount of ram memory which is lacking.
    Paul Reed
    2009-07-22 22:15:10
    #5
    I have a Canon HD camcorder and I use Adobe Premiere Pro to edit MTS files. Works very well!
    Jeff
    2009-09-06 00:18:28
    #6
    I have a Sony digital DVD recorder that does not recognize the .MTS files on my Panasonic HDD camcorder, despite that Sony and Panasonic developed the .MTS (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. What does it take to digitally record my camcorder files onto a DVD recorder?
    Norman Hill
    2009-09-07 08:01:04
    #7
    Whilst using Nero 9, recording more than 1 title on to a Blue ray RE, erases any previous recordings on the disc. Is this correct so that you have to use a new disc every time, or is there an option in the settings somewhere I can change, to allow more than 1 recording?
    Mindy
    2009-09-18 19:28:02
    #8
    Anyone find a solution for Mac OSX?
    FTNICHOLS
    2009-10-28 14:47:06
    #9
    Using Adobe Premiere takes MTS format just fine, however, it does not support true time code. Each clip starts at 00:00:00:00. Any Ideas?
    MTS FILE
    2009-12-04 06:54:21
    #10
    I have a JVC handycam and while trying to download the video files I am not able to play it in Windows media player. Please advise
    olive
    2010-01-02 15:36:14
    #11
    Windows Live Movie Maker (part of Windows Live essentials: picture gallery, messenger...) on Vista and Win7 supports this too.
    someone
    2010-01-10 20:08:03
    #12
    You can play MTS files in VLC player
    Henry
    2010-01-28 14:52:06
    #13
    I just purchased a canon vixia HD HF S10 camcorder and I am trying to get the right software program to be able to download my videos and burn a DVD at later date. Any suggestions?
    Blade
    2010-02-23 19:41:40
    #14
    I have a Canon HD HF S10 AND S20 and both produce .mts files which work nicely with Pinnacle Studio Ultimate Collection HD.
    Mayya
    2010-03-08 18:48:01
    #15
    MTS files work nice with CyberLink PowerDirector .
    Plus download K-Lite Codec Pack & Media Player Classic
    Carl
    2010-03-11 17:57:28
    #16
    I'm able to play .mts files shot on Panasonic's HMC150, and while I have no problem transcoding them into FCP for editing, we want to be able to log, via timecode, our interviews before we edit. The AVCCam player that shipped with the camera plays very well but doesn't display timecode. VLC plays the video, but the counter never moves. Does anyone have any thoughts?
    FTNichols
    2010-03-22 15:34:59
    #17
    Contacted Adobe and Panasonic for a solution....after hours of waiting and then being told there would be fee since it is not a warranty problem....we will just wait patiently for a solution to the NONE WORKING TIME CODE. We started using a clap board for multiple camera shots. Seem old technology is more dependable than the new.
    kate
    2010-03-24 22:46:57
    #18
    h.264 isn't really an editable format!

    I have files that are on my P.C. Computer and I want to use them on iMovie on my iMAC. The format of the video files I have are .MTS files which are the raw HD files from my JVC video camera. I purchased the Pavtube MTS software.

    Mike
    2010-03-30 01:30:17
    #19
    How can I convert the HD recording from a Sony Handycam to my hard disk (not a blue ray DVD) in a playable format and still maintaining the HD quality?
    Rose
    2010-04-05 20:17:25
    #20
    I just got a Sony HD camera and once I've uploaded the videos to my computer, Windows Media Player wont let me play them! It says something about a codec. What do I do, guys?
    Kayley
    2010-04-11 12:01:41
    #21
    I have a Sony HDR-XR200 and the format is MTS. I can't play it back on my computer. Is there any way Windows Media Player will be able to play it and then edit it in Windows Movie Maker? Or will it only be QuickTime or is it a completely different file all together? Because I have never heard of MTS before so I have no idea.
    Bill
    2010-04-11 21:13:09
    #22
    I recently purchased the AVS software and it's working fine for the MTS files. A lot of memory is needed on the computer and if you plan and burning discs you must go up to blu-ray or have short videos.
    FTNichols
    2010-04-11 21:19:10
    #23
    Download the VLC Player...it works for me to preview the clips without having to put them in the editor.

    http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
    ava
    2010-05-16 05:29:57
    #24
    I use a Sony HRD CX100, but it's so damn hard to open and edit the video - any recommendations?

    I used Adobe premier currently, but it seems to be lacking a lot. Why is MTS so hard to use?
    Harry
    2010-06-22 23:18:44
    #25
    I just bought the Panasonic Lumix ZS7 high end point and shoot with HD movie achvid lite and installed the software.

    When I transfer the mts movies to my computer with the software, 4 files are created for each clip. Without all the files, the software becomes blind and doesn't see any movies.

    I have the movies, the software, but only vlc will play it. Even my new Panasonic tv will not recognize them unless all the four files are there and not one is damaged. Each one holds some secret info for Panasonic.

    Why not just put it into the mts file?
    FTNichols
    2010-06-25 15:11:25
    #26
    Yes it plays in VLC. VLC is great. The problem is getting the time code to show up and be accurate in Adobe CS4. This is needed for syncing multi camera shots. For now using and old clap board. Adobe does not want to help!
    Kevin
    2010-07-03 00:00:46
    #27
    Install K-Lite Codec Pack Full
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=5810&s=775
    You may also use Sony Vegas Pro 9 to edit these files im pretty sure. But i convert them into divx anyways, with these settings:
    1440x1080 pixels
    29.97 fps
    just match the birtate of whatever you recorded it as mine was around 7000.
    And i set all the qualities to maximum of course.
    Ryan
    2010-09-06 20:32:35
    #28
    I use Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas but when trying to monitor the files through VLC, it plays .mts files just fine but will not display the running timecode; it stays stuck at 00:00.

    Is there a fix for this? Sometimes I provide the files for my clients to review, along with the VLC Media Player installation file so they can review them and note down changes by timecode, but if .mts files won't even play with timecodes in VLC, VLC is useless. Help!
    Clare
    2010-09-09 10:20:40
    #29
    I have a Panasonic FZ38 and would like to edit the HD video by frame, not just by changing the whole colour affect etc.

    I have Goggled galore and I am getting nowhere fast! Have downloaded VideoSpin, it wont open the files even though I have converted them to what they support.

    Has anyone got any advice? Ideally I would like the software to be free.
    Mark J
    2010-09-17 17:00:17
    #30
    Anyone having problems loading a 1 hour or longer AVCHD file into Vegas Movie Studio HD? The program closes down every time. I have no problem with small AVCHD clips 10 minutes or less, I can load as many as I want. I can also load large avi files of any size without any problems.
    Bill Youngpeter
    2010-10-08 00:21:51
    #31
    I have been looking for a good video camera to replace several mini-DV tape cameras. We have been using Pinnacle 9, 10, 12 and now 14. A Samsung camera last spring was a mess, we returned it. The files would not work in Pinnacle. We're looking at a Canon VIXIA HF M300 or JVC but the .mts file issue has me concerned. It's October 2010, what camera/format will work with Pinnacle 14 Ult? Have the cash, just don't want to make another buying mistake.
    reo
    2010-11-02 05:19:19
    #32
    Sony Vegas Pro and Studio, Windows Live Movie Maker, CyberLink PowerDirector (editing) and Media Espresso (transcoding), and Adobe Premier Pro CS5 all open and edit MTS video on my Win7 machine.

    I am sure there are more, but the point is that there now exists a wide range (in cost, from free to $$$, and in features) of software that happily edits MTS.

    Only issue I still have is the nice meta-data for MTS files is located externally to the MTS file (boo on the standards setters for this silliness!). But otherwise, highly editable with modern software.
    oudinmelanie
    2010-11-02 08:10:55
    #33
    AVCHD video files from certain HD camcorders are claimed to support by Final Cut. But the result disappointed to me. If you would like to import and edit any AVCHD files to any version of Final Cut, convert your AVCHD video to Apple preferred MOV format is a nice choice.

    You can use Aunsoft MTS Converter for Mac which performs perfectly in converting AVCHD/MTS video to other editable video formats, like MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, FLV, MKV, and etc.
    nigey
    2010-12-02 21:36:48
    #34
    I have a Panasonic SD600. If you use the supplied software (HD Writer AE) then it converts the MTS file to M2TS (a MPEG 2 Transport Stream file).
    Same quality i believe but it can then be opened in win media player and all the others.
    Daryll
    2010-12-19 01:49:39
    #35
    I phoned Panasonic and had trouble with the video part as the windows 7 programs would play the video but with no sound from my Panasonic hd -sd60, on my Minipad Acer ONE. So they suggested download VLC media recorder which I did and it will play the video sound but not the video. What can one do when the world of technology is against you?
    Blade
    2011-03-04 12:41:51
    #36
    For Bill Youngpeter. It's a little late but Pinnacle does real well with Canon HD cameras. canon mostly employs the .mts file and works nicely.
    Keith
    2011-04-03 04:41:25
    #37
    I have a Sony HXR NX5U. It records HD in the mts file format. I can play the clips using Windows media but when I try to import to Sony VegasMovie Studio 9 Platinum, the program will not recognize them. I'm running Windows 7 with and i7 processor and 4g of ram. Any suggestions.
    Sweta Khanna
    2011-05-29 06:24:12
    #38
    I have Pinnacle 9.4 version but it does not support m2ts files. Any changes to the software settings that can help me?
    Brian
    2012-05-12 20:09:12
    #39
    I have a canon vixia h20 that records in .mts file format. I can import the file into premiere cs5 but only the video imports with no sound file....any suggestions?
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