If you have an AVCHD camcorder, you may be familiar with MTS/M2TS format, which is the specific container that used to save footage in. As for AVCHD, it was developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic in 2006, primarily for use in high definition consumer camcorders. Panasonic released the first professional AVCHD camcorder in autumn of 2008, followed by Sony in the first quarter of 2010. Since AVCHD is suitable for both consumer and professional usage, it has become a popular trend using AVCHD camcorders to shoot MTS movies anywhere anytime. In the meantime, AVCHD camcorder users often suffered issues when loading MTS clips to Mac applications for extended using, such as iMovie, QuickTime Player, FCP X, and the discontinued Final Cut Express 4.
For playback MTS footage directly on Mac, we recommend the freeware VLC player. It has native support for MTS files, and your Mac need have a relatively high configuration, otherwise you may have issues like stuttered video, video/audio out of sync, etc. Supposing you are running a slower Mac, we suggest you to convert .mts to MOV, and use the QuickTime player to play the converted QuickTime files, by then you can expect a well playback performance.
Now we have no problems to play AVCHD mts/m2ts clips on a Mac, but how about editing mts videos in iMovie, FCP, FCE? We will take importing MTS files to iMovie’08 for instance. Some typical issues you may meet when loading AVCHD recordings to iMovie:
“One of my friends gave me some MTS files from his camera, I wanna import these MTS clips to iMovie’08 for editing, but iMovie didn’t accept them. I read somewhere people said I could copy the .m2ts or .mts files to an external firewire drive, and then iMovie 08 is able to detect the drive and open the import dialog for clip selection. I have tried copying the m2ts files onto an external firewire drive and iMovie still does not find it. Please can you advise what I am doing wrong?”
The above scenario is a universal problem perplexed lots of iMovie users, because iMovie’08 lacks the ability to import AVCHD files by selecting any device/folder within the import dialog box. It seems there are problems to allow you to select clips from your local hard disk on your Mac. The simplest and least time-consuming workaround we recommended is to transcode MTS to QuickTime MOV for Mac, so that you can successfully import the converted MTS AVCHD files to iMovie or other Mac editing software like Final Cut Pro (X), and FCE to do extended editing. Aunsoft MTS to MOV converter for Mac is developed to help those who are facing incompatibility issues when editing MTS files with iMovie, or playing back MTS clips in a Mac media player, e.g. QuickTime player.
The above screenshot shows how Aunsoft MTS Converter for Mac works.