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.

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