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Peacemaker between Camcorder and Mac - Transfer AVCHD to Mac

MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

Make your AVCHD videos and 720p AVCHD lite videos compatible with Mac. Convert 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080i, MTS/M2TS to QuickTime MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for iMovie 11/9/8/HD, Apple ProRes for FCP X/7/6, MTS to MP4, MTS to AVI, MTS to MPEG
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Either MTS or M2TS are the file extensions of the AVCHD compression with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard, which is mainly used for AVCHD camcorders. However, some M2TS files may come from the Blu-ray backup, if copied from the BD disk.

No matter your MTS or M2TS files are from camcorder or BD backup, you might want to know how to play MTS files on Mac, how to get the best price and performance Mac MTS converter which is compatible with Mac 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, and 10.5 Leopard/10.4 Tiger running PowerPC.

Here is the Index of the questions you may concern most.


- How to download/transfer AVCHD videos in .mts or .m2ts format from camcorder to Mac?
- Is it necessary to convert MTS/M2TS videos to MOV on Mac?
- How to play AVCHD on Mac OS X?
- What is the best MTS file converter for Mac? Is there any review for AVCHD software on Mac?
- How to convert AVCHD video on Mac with best quality?

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The process to download AVCHD to Mac could be easy without third party applications or transfer utility.

1. Connect camcorder to iMac/Macbook Pro with USB cable.

2. Camcorder would be marked as CAM_MEM, CAM_SD, or NO NAME.

3. Go to the AVCHD folder and copy the entire AVCHD folder to your Macintosh hard drive.

* The AVCHD folder is right within the CAM_MEM, or in the PRIVATE folder of CAM_SD.

Just wait for a while and the videos on the camcorder would be transferred to Mac. It is recommended that you copy all the files from camcorder or SD card to Mac when making a camera archive. That is, the .cpi files in the CLIPINF folder, the .mpl files in the PLAYLIST folder should be backed up together.

avchd folder structure on mac

What if you would like to preview the videos and just backup the meaningful files from the camcorder? Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac can help you with the camcorder wizard. You can view the AVCHD video before copying to Mac, and select MTS/M2TS files for backup, so as to keep your Macintosh hard drive space from unwanted files. You may be interested in the guide to capture and backup individual MTS/M2TS files to Mac.
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Is it necessary to convert MTS to MOV, when trying to play MTS/M2TS files on Mac, or edit the AVCHD videos in iMovie/FCP? AVCHD is the high definition video standard and requires computer with high configuration to smoothly handle the native format. In most cases, the AVCHD files would be converted to MOV. For example, if you luckily get your AVCHD camcorder videos to iMovie/FCP 7, the videos would be transcoded into MOV before editing. Even with FCP X, the AVCHD file would be rewrapped to MOV extension.


So, if your computer is not powerful as Intel Core i5, i7 processor, you may need to convert the AVCHD videos to MOV on Mac with MTS file converter. You would need to convert MTS/M2TS to MOV if you face the circumstances below.

a. You have only the .mts, .m2ts files on Mac without the related .cpi, .mpl files.
b. Your camcorder saves AVCHD videos in 1080/60p or 1080/50p. For example, the 60fps AVCHD videos from Sony CX700, Panasonic TM700 or TM900 are not supported by iMovie, FCP, FCE.
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The built-in QuickTime Player on Mac does not support AVCHD playback, and the possible MTS player for Mac is VLC media player. Just download the player, and open the .mts or .m2ts files to view the AVCHD videos. As it is stated before, AVCHD is requires high CPU, otherwise the playback is not smooth at all on VLC.


If you would like to get the AVCHD videos to QuickTime, or have smooth AVCHD playback on Mac, you need to convert MTS/M2TS to MOV to make the videos compatible with Mac OS X. Aunsoft comes as the peacemaker between AVCHD and Mac.
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There are many different MTS file converter for Mac. How to choose the best one for you? Actually, a good MTS converter should be at good price and performance. The following factors might be concerned for the best MTS file converter on Mac.

a. Compatible with your Mac OS X.
b. Formats for your particular usages.
c. Fast conversion.
e. Best quality


While the freeware does not support AVCHD very well, Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is $29 at full price, which is the low price comparing to others like $49. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac also supports a wide range of Mac OS X: 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard and 10.5 Leopard with Intel processor. While there are few applications for PowerPC, you can also download the MTS Converter for G5 PowerPC version at PowerPC page. To get MTS converter for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, you shall contact the for download.


Only a few mts converters provide output formats like AIC and ProRes. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can help you convert and transcode AVCHD footage to QuickTime MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for iMovie and FCE, MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for FCP. You may also convert MTS to MP4, MTS to AVI, MTS to MPEG as you like.


In terms of fast conversion, below is the screenshot of the CPU usage of Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac when exporting/converting AVCHD files to Mac formats. You can see that the MTS converter will utilize all the cores better for faster conversion.

mts converter cpu usage

Our customers include video production professionals, sports fans, and video lovers. You can find what they are saying about Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac below.

I started using Aunsoft products right after getting my first AVCHD camera two years ago. The products they make are outstanding for the price. Their MTS convertor has allowed me to transcode my videos quickly into the formats that I need for editing in Final Cut Pro. I recommend Aunsoft products to anyone in the video production business who needs reliable software for their PC or MAC.
--David Sipmann
Producer / Director
Lightray Productions

I've tested ClipWrap, Toast, Aunsoft, and FCPX on AVCHD 1920x1080 p50, i50, and p25 video transcoding the MTS files to ProRes and ProRes HQ. On the progressive 50fps (p50) I could only compare you to Toast as ClipWrap will not transcode and FCPX will not ingest and transcode to ProRes progressive 50fps MTS files… (more about the review from Wassili)

I was looking for a MTS converter that would convert 1080/60p files from my Panasonic SD600 to a format that could be uploaded to Youtube without losing quality (more about the review from Chuck Frye)
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The process to convert AVCHD files from MTS or M2TS to Mac compatible format is quite easy. The point is to keep high quality of the original video after conversion. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac provides different profiles for you to choose according to your final usages on the AVCHD camcorder videos.


Follow the steps below and you can get best quality videos when converting mts or m2ts files on Mac.

Step 1. Run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac and click the first button to import AVCHD videos. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the files from Finder to the MTS Converter.
Step 2. Click the Format option, and you can choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), or iMovie/Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). And the QuickTime .mov option is within the Common Video column.

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Step 3. Click the "Settings" button and choose the frame size to 1920x1080, bit rate to high quality, and the frame rate to 50, 60 according to the original footage. (This step is necessary for best quality videos.)

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Step 4. Click the Convert button under the preview window and start the conversion.

Tips: You can change the output folder for the .mov files by clicking the Browse button and specify the location you want.


There are different kinds of camcorders for recording videos, and also videos would be saved in different format according to the settings in camcorders. For example, HDV camcorders would save videos in .M2T file extension, while some professional camcorders keep files in .MXF format, and AVCHD camcorders save in .MTS or .M2TS. Here we focus on AVCHD and AVCHD to Mac. If you have camcorders with .mxf formats, you may have a look at Aunsoft camcorder solution column.


Since 2006, Sony and Panasonic introduced AVCHD format in their AVCHD camcorder, more and more camcorder makers offer AVCHD recording in their product lines. For example, Canon then provided AVCHD recording to HG10 with 40GB HDD. Sony and Panasonic even extended the AVCHD recording from camcorder to compact digital camera, e.g. Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V, Lumix DMC-GH2. The Sony DSLR cameras like Alpha NEX-5, NEX-VG10 also save in AVCHD format.

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