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Can't open MTS file on MacBook Pro


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Hey guys,

I just bought a new MacBook Pro + a panasonic ZS-7 difital camera.
When I create a video from the digital camera, i get MTS files, which my MBP cannot open.

What kind of convert software would you recommend?

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Is it creating MTS files, or is it creating an AVCHD hierarchy folder? from what I've read, that camera stores in AVCHD Lite, which usually means there will be a private folder - and you are NOT MEANT to dig down into that folder to get the mts files, instead, you should use iMovie to import the files, at which time it will auto convert the videos into an editable codec.

If you've already moved the mts files out of the AVCHD structure, and have erased the structure (basically, assuming your camera does have the AVCHD structure, DON'T mess with the files stored in the streams subfolder if you're wanting to edit those files -you're adding extra work that isn't worth the effort) and want to just view the files, you can watch them with Movist or VLC.

If you have the latest version of Handbrake it should be able to convert the mts files as well.

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Thanks Nethfel!

I opened iMovie and plugged my digital camera memory stick and Voila - all the clips were there...

Now - how do I convert them?
Do I need to export the clips one by one?

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Well, you have a few options -

- If you want them all as individual clips, then you can export each one individually

- If you want them chained together in a movie of sorts, you can create a project in iMovie and in that project layout the clips in the order you want them to and export that.

- If you import them all, but don't want to use iMovies conversion, you can reveal in finder the master footage on your computer and from there you can use Handbrake, mpegstreamclip, etc. to convert the footage to a different container/codec for viewing (when iMovie imports HD video, it will store it using the AIC codec which takes a good amount of space).

Of course, if you just want one of the .mts files, as I mentioned above - you could just convert the individual files you need (one thing to consider is if the recording you're converting is longer then what can be stored in a single file, multiple .mts files may be one event recording) - you can also use VLC or movist to play the raw mts files if you want to see them without using iMovie.

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