Need to convert m2ts to .mov

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  1. hitty macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2008
    Hello, I need a link to a full download program that can convert m2ts to .mov or a similar format. I tried to convert with some trials but i coudnt convert the full clip.
    I recorded the video with a Sony HD cam (HD-UX3) and I need to edit it with Final Cut Pro.

    Any suggestion will help =)

    Thanks for your time.
  2. DPA macrumors 65816


    Have you tried MPEG Streamclip? I believe it will convert the .m2ts file.

  3. nyzwerewolf macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    iSkysoft Video Converter. Converts .m2ts to popular/common formats. Not free though. I think it converts the entire file, but it leaves a watermark.
  4. arri macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2008

    ClipWrap is a great program that will wrap your files into a .mov that will drop right into final cut or any quicktime compatible application, without transcoding or rendering. very fast. full version is $49. that is a deal.

    mpeg streamclip will transcode your files into .mov files. you will lose some quality, and the files sizes can be quite large. it is a free program, mac or pc.

    clipwrap keeps your fie size the same low footprint, and you do not lose quality.

    good luck!

  5. BullBoyKennels macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Mayaguez, PR
    Yes ClipWrap spend the money, save the headaches & extra work.
  6. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Clipwrap does not work with avchd. Look at the FAQ. Wish it would though.
  7. Courtaj macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2008
    Edinburgh, U.K.
  8. johntisbury macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2009
    Rushden, Northamptonshire, UK
    I have a Sony handycam in HD with produces m2ts files, I open up Final Cut Express (but guessing pro has the same option) and use the log and transfer option under the file menu. That pulls in the files and converts them and also allows you to preview them from the camera.
  9. oposky2006 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2009
    well, i know a good tool named Pavtube MTS Converter can deal with this problem. It is designed for such camcorder users specially to help them convert mts to mov or other regular format. Although it needs a little pay;),
  10. martinX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 11, 2009
    ClipWrap will now handle AVCHD files.

    With ClipWrap you have 2 options: you can wrap the AVCHD file in a MOV wrapper which means you can have (relatively) small files that can open in QT, which is useful if you want to just dump everything from your camera onto your Mac and be able to go through the clips later.

    You can open these clips directly in FCE or FCP, but things get a little slow. You can also convert them to AIC or ProRes in QT Pro.

    Or, you can open the original AVCHD clips and convert to AIC or ProRes (if you have FCP installed) directly for editing.

    For a bit more, the apps from Shedworx look good for organising and converting.
  11. imtb macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2010
    david is right. MPEG Streamclip should work, its free, fast, and useful, you can change the settings and it can convert to many different formats
  12. illini macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2004
    does anyone know how to convert in the opposite direction?

    i would like to know how to convert from .mov to .mts because the .mov takes up valuable hard disc space (up to 10X in most instances).
  13. Alice1980 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2010
    Hi there, okay, here offers you Aunsoft MTS Converter (, enabling you to convert MTS to MOV for FCP in a much easier way.
  14. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Lot of newbies peddling junk software. Shilling much?

    Stick to the free solutions.
  15. harveydean macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    same trouble

    imac arrived yesterday

    Using a HDR-TG7VE sony previously to download from the camera to a pc using the sony capture software.

    Tried opening the files on my new mac in FCE files not recognised.

    I want a simple solution (technophobe) and don't mind paying.

    Don't want to lose any quality.

    Which is best solution?

    All help gratefully received. Has anyone tried it?
  16. kev6677 macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2010
    m2ts not equivalent to MOV

    it's so amazing to see this nonsense about apple's AIC or MOV files being equal to or superior to m2ts, does these posters actually own a camcorder that outputs to m2ts or do they even own a mac???

    the thruth of the matter is m2ts files converted to any other format other than m2ts results in a significant loss of video quality. it may not be that noticeble on a tiny imac screen but try watching it on your 40 inch plasma and you will see what i mean.Can't believe apple cannot get this right espescially when HD is the video standard.

    if you want the best video quality AVCHD (m2ts) format from your camcorder stick with windows converters which can edit AVCHD files nativelly.
  17. geerlingguy, Oct 15, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 4, 2011

    geerlingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2003
    St. Louis, USA
    I'm using Handbrake to do the converting, and VLC to play the files natively. It works pretty well, just takes forever, on my Intel iMac.
  18. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    AIC files usually are MOV files.

    That's not true. There are many lossless formats, for example,
    and you'd lose no quality with those. Not necessarily useful for
    editing, though.

    Pretty much any converting you can do under Windows can be easily
    done under OS X. However, AVCHD isn't a particularly good editing
    format and is not generally considered as such.
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