How to Play AVCHD MTS/M2TS video on Mac QuickTime

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AVCHD is an uncompressed high-definition video format used on higher-end digital camcorders. It comes in two varieties: MTS files and M2TS files. QuickTime for Macintosh can't play either of the AVCHD formats natively, so a video converter package is required. A number of video converter packages are available for the Macintosh platform, many of which have free trial periods.

Instructions

  1. Using AVCHD to FCP

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      Download and install the free version of "AVCHD to FCP" to your Macintosh.

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      Start the program from the Macintosh dock.

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      Connect your camcorder to your Macintosh by Firewire or USB. It will show up on the left pane of the program.

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      Click the "Add File" button and select the AVCHD files from the camcorder.

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      Select "MOV" as the output format.

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      Select the destination you want to save the file to, and whether or not you want to merge multiple files into one file.

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      Click the "Convert" button. It may take several minutes for the file conversion process to complete, depending on the size of the files and the type of Macintosh you own.

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      Double-click the MOV files you created to play them in QuickTime.

    Using Aimersoft Total Media Converter for Mac

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      Download the free trial version of "Total Media Converter for Mac."

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      Launch the program.

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      Plug in your camcorder to the Macintosh. You'll see your camcorder show up as a local storage device.

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      Select the video files you want to convert. You have the option of linking multiple video files into a single file at this point.

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      Select "MOV" for the video output format. Choose where you want the converted video to be saved. You can also watch a sample preview of some of the video.

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      Double-click the MOV files to play them in QuickTime.

    Using Shedworx VoltaicHD2 for Mac

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      Download the free trial version of "VoltaicHD for Mac" and install the application.

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      Plug in your camcorder. It will show up as a re"MOV"able hard drive. You can also drag the files from your camera to your hard drive and convert them there.

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      Select the videos you want to convert.

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      Select "MOV" as the output file format, and choose the destination and name for the saved files. You can see a preview of the video during the conversion process.

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      Click the "Start" button to start the conversion process. It may take several minutes for the videos to convert, depending on how much RAM you have and the processor speed of your computer.

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      Double-click the MOV files to play them in QuickTime.

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      Click the "Start" button to start the conversion process. It may take several minutes for the videos to convert, depending on how much RAM you have and the processor speed of your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Trial versions are usually limited by time or watermark, so if you want complete versions of your files, invest in the full application.

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