Which is your favorite computer as far as you know? Sony, IBM or Dell? I think none of them can take the place of Apple to be the most popular computer and the best seller in digital entertainment market. It makes no sense to discuss how Apple can achieve this with its successful operation principle. Here I would like to offer an effective way to solve the problem that Mac computer does not support MTS files smoothly.
As we know, MTS is a Full HD video format with H.264 video codec in it, and as a result, more and more camcorder producers have introduced MTS as the primary video format in their products. Actually, Sony is one of these producers and it is no doubt that Sony takes the great mass of high-end camcorder market as Panasonic does.
Let’s take Sony HDR-SR11 for example to test if MTS file is compatible with Mac OS X or just works well on Mac. As the result of test, neither QuickTime Player nor VLC Media Player can smoothly play MTS files on iMac or Mac Pro. There were always some standstills or even crashed during playing.
So we have to face the problem that MTS is not compatible with Mac and search for an effective solution to come over it. There are many MTS to Mac converters with free of charge on the Internet but none of them can be satisfactory. Those free MTS to Mac converters have a common problem that there would be much quality loss after the conversion from MTS to Mac compatible format.
Finally, I find Final Mate for Mac a great MTS converter on Mac OS X. As a camcorder companion, Final Mate for Mac not only supports AVCHD files or MTS files import and converts them with the minimum loss in output files. More than that, Final Mate for Mac is also an ideal camcorder video managing tool with intelligent camcorder wizard with which you can better manage your MTS videos in Sony HDR-SR11 by importing them to have simple edit or backing up them to your Mac hard drive.
You see, it’s so easy. Below pictures are my steps for converting MTS files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing on FCP X.
Although FCP X support MTS direct input, it will take much time from rendering and occupy the majority of RAM on your Mac. So I don’t recommend you directly import MTS to FCP X.