Combine .ts files

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  1. big macrumors 65816

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    I will be working on a dance recital DVD this weekend. The guy whom filmed the event gave me his Hard drive full of .ts files that I would like to combine into one file, using my tiBook. Any suggestions on how I can accomplish this on my Mac? They are readily viewable in VLC, though not quicktime.
     
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  3. giffut macrumors 6502

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    TS-Files ...

    ... are called "Transport Streams" and are the raw MPEG2 data files, which are transmitted via digital cable, satellite or terrestrial digital video broadcast systems. Its muxxed Audio, Video and possibly data streams. Here in Europe those systems are shorted DVB-C, DVB-S and DVB-T.

    Now, to join those TS-files, you can use the software "ProjectX". Its most recent version comes in source code, but I have compiled it myself. In general joining could be done via terminal commands, too, as TS files can be put together without any special additional coding. But its much easier via some kind of interface.

    Also, the software "MPEG Streamclip" is very handy. It is very easy usable to cut those TS-Files, but in general it can be used for any MPEG2 based file editing and transcoding in any format Quicktime supports.

    Both applications are freeware, I put them on my server for download: http://faddh.dyndns.org/ts/

    ProjectX is somehow looking complex, as you not only can join, but also cut, demux and repair those TS files. Don´t fear to use it, though.

    To get started, in the lower left part of the application window you´ll find a "+" button to add the files you want to work with. There you add them in the order you want them to be put together. Then you press the "prepare" button and there choose "to TS" as output. Press the "Play" button and here you go.

    After you joined them, you can use ProjectX to demuxx - ergo separate the audio and video streams - your files, so you can use them to produce your DVD. Those files are 100% compliant with the requirements for DVD production, so it´s plain easy to work with TS files in order to produce DVD.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Nutter macrumors 6502

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    ...except that you won't be able to use iDVD to burn the resulting project, as it won't read MPEG2 files, presumably to prevent people using it for piracy.

    You'll either need to export the project in another codec before using it in iDVD, which will result in a substantial loss of quality, or use other DVD authoring software. DVD Studio Pro will do the trick, if you have access to it.
     
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  7. tomten macrumors newbie

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    When I had a windowsmachine I use to join splitted .ts-files to a big file, using the "binary copy"-command "copy /b *.ts merged.ts". I would really like to know howto join .ts-files with terminal commands in OS X!
     
  8. Noted macrumors member

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    Sorry to revive an old topic but does anyone know how to do this? I've been using ProjectX on windows but I don't have the Mac version. Has anyone got it? Or anyone know another way to join the .TS files?
     

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