If you have a Panasonic or Sony camera, you probably already know what MTS is. It is used as the default output format for these video cameras. Despite the high quality of the resulting files, this format has a couple of disadvantages. In this article, we will cover everything you need to know – main characteristics, common problems, conversion tips, and more.
About the Format
Since its invention in 2006, MTS has been used to record high-quality video on AVCHD camcorders. Invented jointly by Panasonic and Sony, the format is also supported by Canon, Samsung, Toshiba, Pioneer, and other brands.
The video stream is encoded using MPEG-4 or H.264 codecs, and the audio – with the help of AC3. Depending on the camera’s characteristics, the resulting video will have the 720p or 1080p quality.
However, the flip side of the high-definition videos is their large size. For example, a 38-second clip weighs 80Mb. Can you imagine the size of an hour-long video?
A couple of years ago one of the most common issues was to find software to open such videos – not every program could do it. However, now, even the default Windows Media Player on Windows 7 easily opens MTS files. This is possible thanks to the built-in MPEG-4 decoder. If you want to open such videos on Windows XP or Vista, you’re gonna have to download and install a codec pack (like K-Lite).
What really causes trouble is editing MTS files. Yes, many professional editors like Sony Vegas Pro and Cyberlink PowerDirector support this format. However, if you are not so experienced in video editing, you probably use the simpler software that may not work properly with MTS.
Some tablets, smartphones, and TVs can also have problems with opening MTS files or play them back with delays between the video and the sound.
If this is the case, the solution is to convert MTS files to a more convenient format. There are lots of programs that can help you with that. One of them is Movavi Video Converter, and it is the fastest way to change the file format.
It would be a pity to lose the high quality MTS videos are famous for. If you want to keep it, convert files into formats with the same codec as the original video has. In Movavi, you can do it with the help of the SuperSpeed mode.
This mode is based on remultiplexing – a method of conversion that doesn’t require decoding and re-encoding the video stream. That’s why it preserves the original file quality and takes little time. However, you can’t change the video’s resolution and bitrate.
So, the MTS H.264 video can be quickly converted to MP4, AVI, FLV, MKV, MOV, and MPEG. In this case, even MP4 format known for the high level of compression won’t distort the original video.
Well, now you know what to do with MTS files. Modern OS and devices support this format and easily open these videos. However, you can always convert them to another format without quality loss, if necessary.