mts files - yes that old chestnut!

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by bluebaron, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. bluebaron macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Hi All I had this in an old thread but is was 5 years old so i'll thought i'll start a new one,,

    I'm a bit stuck with my mpg/MTS files.

    I saved all my 'raw' footage to an external drive to free up space on my camera. I am now trying in import to imovie events.

    I know that imovie does not support this format. I have tried the following and it still doesn't work.

    1/ FFmpegx
    2/ Streamclip (with £15 add-on)
    3/ Trying to copy files back to the camera (canon HF10)
    4/ renaming the files
    5/ trying to create a camera ' copy' on my desk top for imovie to navigate to.

    All the above does not work.

    I have found the following and wonder if this is the way to go?

    any ideas? HELP!

    edit: I just noticed that Lion supports MPEG-2 if I upgrade from snow Lep. will that take care of the problem. (bit pissed as only brought the computer last month and din't get the free upgrade within 30 days.)
  2. careypo macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Upgrading to Lion will prevent MPEGStreamclip from working on DVDs.
  3. mkjj macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    I have this problem as well. Copied all my raw files on to my original PS3 and they play fine, thought I could copy them back on to the original Memory Stick but they change file format, (can't remember which).

    How about this?
  4. bluebaron thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    went to ******** and got movie converter for £20. works great but a bit slow. Also rips dvd's so may be useful for that.

  5. rhkamra macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Santa Cruz, California
    Roxio Toast Titatium can convert them but is not free.
  6. mkjj macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    Thanks for that advice, already got Toast so will give it a try :)
  7. Jim A macrumors newbie

    Jim A

    Oct 24, 2011
    Roxio Toast will do the job, it's well worth $80 ;)
  8. ctyhntr macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    How fast is the conversion time in Nero Toast compared to iMovie or Final Cut Pro X to convert to H.264 1080p? For me, importing 1 hour make take 5-7 hours of conversion time because of 2 separate passes.

    Using a Canon HFS20, and iMovie import mts into .mov (Pro-Res) is something like 2-3X of realtime footage. The Pro-Res mov files are like 10X the size of the MTS. Then I have to use QuickTime to re-convert into .mov (H. 264 1080p) to shrink down the 1/2 the size of the MTS files, which takes another 3X-4X.

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