Convert MTS to Quicktime

How to play AVCHD MTS video files in Mac OS X

Convert AVCHD MTS file to Quicktime .mov

I recently purchased a Panasonic GF1 Lumix four-thirds micro camera and it is truly one of the best camera’s I have owned. I could go on and on about all the great features and the quality but I rather focus on a technical challenge I faced after starting to use it. The Panasonic GF1 shoots excellent video and offers three compression levels for AVCHD Lite movies (17Mbps, 13Mbps, or 9Mbps), all of which are at the full 720p resolution. As an alternative to AVCHD Lite the Panasonic GF1 also shoots Motion JPEG recording 30 frames-per-second video at 1,280 x 720, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, or 320 x 240 pixel resolutions. There are a couple of things that I knew before purchasing this camera, that the RAW file would not work in Apple’s Aperture since it only supports the major manufactures like Sony, Canon and Nikon and that the AVCHD MTS would require conversion.

After shooting in the AVCHD MTS video mode I was hoping that I could convert the video using VLC Media Player as it supports h.264 video and AC3 audio. When trying to export it from VLC the video was not the same quality as I shot it. The following guide is my solution using iSkysoft Software.

Download and Install
You will need to download a trial copy of iSkySoft Video Converter for Mac OS X (Intel or PowerPC Version). Next your will need to drag the iSkySoft Video Converter to you Applications Folder. Once copied you are ready to go.

Launch and Use
Once you have iSkySoft Video Converter open you will need to do the following:

  1. Click Add Files. (You can add more than one file at a time.)
  2. Specify the output settings in the output settings area. If you plan on editing using iMovie, Final Cut Pro Express or Final Cut Pro select “HD QuickTime Move (*.mov)” under the HD menu. I found this gave me the most loss-less file for editing in Final Cut Pro.
  3. Click on Settings. Set your Resolution for 720x 480 (if you are going full HD then set for 1280×720). Set the following if you plan on editing: Frame rate: 30 fps, Encoder: High Definition H.264, Bitrate: 200000 kbps. Set the Audio setting to: Sample rate: 48000 MHz, Encoder: AAC, Channle: 2 Channel Stereo, Bitrate: 192 kbps.
  4. Specify your Output folder/location.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Convert

iSkysoft Video Converter

iSkysoft Video Converter

If you follow this you will convert the MTS file in to a format that is great for editing. iSkySoft Video Converter can also convert MTS to AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, etc. Under the Format drop down you can select for a variety of settings that optimize video quickly for your iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or other portable device.

Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

Capture, Edit and Share With QuickTime X

When it comes to editing video there are a lot of different options. Within Apple’s line of software products you can choose from iLife’s iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro. But what happens if you are on the go or need to quickly edit a video and you don’t have these software options. Completely redesigned for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, QuickTime X is a brand-new version of QuickTime Player. With QuickTime X you no longer have to buy the QuickTime Pro to be able to edit and convert videos. This can now be done free using QuickTime X. Although the editing is limited sometimes you don’t need more. Here are some some editing tips covering most of your editing needs,

You can now capture video with QuickTime X. You don’t need any other application to capture video from the iSight camera, a FireWire camera, your desktop or an audio input. There are three new options to get you started.

  1. 1. Plug in your device, or if you are using the iSight Camera just hold tight.
  2. 2. Choose File > New (Movie, Audio or Screen) Recording.
  3. 3. A window will appear with a record button. When you are ready just click Record.
  4. 4. When you have completed your capture you can edit it.

Using QuickTime X you can easily shorten or remove unwanted content or remove a portion of the beginning or end of a video clip. Shorting a video is called trimming.

Editing with QuickTime X

  1. 1. Launch QuickTime. (Applications > QuickTime X)
  2. 2. Open the clip you want to edit.
  3. 3. Choose Edit > Trim. A trimming bar appears at the bottom of your QuickTime window.
  4. 4. Use the Trim bar to select the portion of the movie you want to keep.
  5. 5. Drag the start and end (yellow handles) of the trimming bar to select the portion of the movie you want to keep.
  6. 6. Click the Trim Button. Your movie will be shortened to the portion you selected.

Note: If the start and end portions of your video don’t have sound you can, Choose Edit > Select All Excluding Silence to set the trim points to exclude the silent part of your video. One drawback, you can’t import or edit two clips into one sequence. This is meant only to edit one sequence at a time.

Now that you shot and edited you video its time to share it. You can upload videos to iTunes, MobileMe or YouTube. You will need either a Apple, MobileMe or YouTube Account to post your videos. To upload videos from QuickTime X to YouTube, open a video with QuickTime X and press Share on the menu bar. The same menu will enable you to upload movies to MobileMe and convert movies so you can send them to iTunes. All the compression and encoding is already preset.

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