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AVCHD Camcorder and MTS/M2TS files on Mac

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Part 1. AVCHD Videos: MTS/M2TS files Part 2. How to get M2TS/MTS files off AVCHD camcorder Part 3. Play AVCHD Video on Mac Part 4. Edit or Convert M2TS/MTS Video on Mac

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									AVCHD Camcorder and MTS/M2TS files on Mac
The first AVCHD camcorder, Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 with 8 cm DVD media, went on sale in September, 2006. AVCHD includes features to improve media presentation: menu navigation, slide shows and subtitles. Because of this function improvement, AVCHD camcorder becomes increasingly popular. But people didn't acquaint themselves with AVCHD video files in MTS/M2TS extension.

AVCHD Videos: MTS/M2TS files

AVCHD (AVC-HD, AVC HD) video is recorded using the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression codec. Audio is stored in compressed form (Dolby AC-3). The recorded file's extension is MTS on camcorder and M2TS after import to computer. If you copy the recorded video directly (command+C and command+V), you may also get MTS files.)

How to get M2TS/MTS files off AVCHD camcorder
With AVC HD camcorders, you typically need to connect the HD video camera to your Mac using a USB cable, firewire or iLink(Sony). Once connected and powered on, the camcorder should appear on the desktop as a new disk. The location of the films on the camcorders disk will vary depending on manufacturer. It is desirable that you copy the movies to your Mac harddisk before converting or editing. And there is a step by step instruction about how to capture footage from camcorder on a Mac.

Play AVCHD Video on Mac
M2TS/MTS files from AVCHD camcorder can be achieved with VLC Media Player which could play back the content (as it supports H.264 video and AC3 audio directly without needing DirectShow filters). Software called the "Picture Motion Browser" is distributed with Sony camcorders and can play these kind of files.

Edit or Convert M2TS/MTS Video on Mac
Most recorded video need to be re-processed. For amateur, iMovie HD is nice choice to edit high-definition video, including M2TS/MTS. You can capture the footage directly to iMovie through USB, FireWire or iLink(Sony). You can follow the tutorial quoted in Part 3. But some local M2TS/MTS Videos cannot be recognized by iMovie (iMovie-compatile format contains MP4, MOV, M4V). Then, you need a M2TS/MTS video converter for Mac and follow this guide to convert AVCHD videos on Mac OS. Similarly, you can also convert M2TS/MTS to MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, QuickTime, etc in this way.

Related Camcorders:
Sony * September 2006: HDR-UX1 (DVD), HDR-UX3/UX5 (DVD), HDR-UX7 (DVD) * October 2006: HDR-SR1 (30 GB HDD) * June 2007: HDR-SR5 (40 GB HDD), HDR-SR7 (60 GB HDD) * July 2007: HDR-SR5C (100 GB HDD), HDR-SR8 (100 GB HDD) * Summer 2007: HDR-CX7 (Memory Stick Duo) * March 2008: HDR-SR10 (40GB HDD, Memory Stick), HDR-SR11 (60 GB HDD, Memory Stick), HDR-SR12 (120 GB HDD, Memory Stick) * HDR-TG1/TG3 (Memory Stick Duo) * August 2008: HDR-CX12 (Memory Stick Duo) * March 2009: HDR-XR520V (240 GB HDD) * March 2009: HDR-XR200V (120 GB HDD) * March 2009: HDR-XR100 (80 GB HDD) Canon * HR10 (MiniDVD) * 2007: HG10 (40 GB HDD) * April 2008: HF10 (SDHC, built-in 16GB flash memory), HF100 (SDHC) * September 2008: HF11 (SDHC, built-in 32GB flash memory), HG20 (60GB HDD, SDHC), HG21 (120GB HDD, SDHC) * January 2009: HF S10 (SDHC, built-in 32GB flash memory), HF S100 (SDHC), HF20 (SDHC, built-in 32GB flash memory), HF200 (SDHC) JVC * June 2008: GZ-HD10 (HDD, MicroSDHC), GZ-HD30/GZ-HD40(HDD, MicroSDHC card, dual AVCHD and TOD recording) * January 2009: GZ-HD320 (120 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-HD300 (60 GB HDD, MicroSD), GZ-HM200 (dual SDHC) * February 2009: GZ-X900 (SD/SDHC card) Panasonic * HDC-DX1 (MiniDVD), HDC-SD1 (SDHC) * HDC-SD3 (SDHC, available in Japan only) * AG-HSC1U (SDHC, comes with portable 40 GB HDD storage) * July 2007: HDC-SD5 (SDHC), HDC-SX5 (MiniDVD, SDHC)[citation needed] * HDC-SD7 (SDHC) * January 2008: HDC-SD9 (SDHC), HDC-HS9 (60 GB HDD, SDHC)[23] * April 2008: AG-HMC70 (SDHC)[24] * June 2008: HDC-SD100 (SDHC), HDC-HS100 (60 GB HDD, SDHC)[25] * September 2008: AG-HMC150 (SDHC)[26] * January 2009: HDC-HS300 (120 GB HDD), HDC-HS200 (80 GB HDD), HDC-TM300 (32 GB built-in flash memory, SDHC), HDC-SD200 (SDHC). * April 2009 (expected availability) DMC-ZS3 (AVCHD Lite), DMC TS1 (AVCHD Lite)

* June 2009 (expected availability) DMC-GH1 (SDHC) * August 2009 (expected availability) AG-HMC40 (SDHC)[27]

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