How to Convert MTS to MP4

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The MTS video format, commonly known as "AVCHD," is a High-Definition (HD) video format based on the common DVD format, MPEG-2. A few companies, including Panasonic and Sony, produce HD camcorders that save high-resolution video clips in MTS format. They usually ship software with the cameras that lets you view movies from the devices on your PC. However, if you want to share videos from your HD camcorder with others, you should convert them to a format recognizable on most computers. You can convert MTS video files to MP4, which is compatible with virtually all media players and operating systems.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable

Importing Video from Camcorder

  • Power off the video camera. Open the port cover, then plug the small end of the USB cable to the port on the camera. Connect the large, flat end of the cable to an available USB port on the computer.

  • Power on the camcorder, and then set the selector switch to "On" or "Stand By," if applicable to your camera. Wait a second or two for Windows to detect the camcorder's memory card, and configure the device as a removable storage drive. After Windows finishes the installation of the memory, a small confirmation window appears at the bottom of the screen. Note -- If your computer displays the "AutoPlay" window, follow the on-screen prompts to copy video clips from your camcorder to the computer.

  • Click the "Start" button if the "AutoPlay" window does not appear after you connect the camcorder to the PC, then click "Computer." Double-click the drive letter assigned by Windows to the camcorder memory card.

  • Select the video files that you want to transfer from the camcorder memory card to your PC. After you select the movie files, press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys to copy them to the Clipboard.

  • Open the folder in Windows Explorer where you want to save the video files from the video camera. Press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste the files to the folder.

Convert the Videos to MP4 Format

  • Navigate to a website that offers free programs that convert MTS files from your camcorder to MP4 and other formats. FreeVideoTool.com and Download.com are two such sites. Download the program installation file and save it to a folder on your computer.

  • Click "Start," then "Computer." Open the folder in which you saved the installation file for the conversion program. Double-click the installation file, then follow the on-screen instruction to complete the installation of the conversion program. Reboot your PC if prompted.

  • Launch the newly installed video conversion program on your computer. Click "File" or "Import" on the tool bar. Use the file browser window to navigate to the video clip you imported from your camcorder. Click and select on the imported video clips, then click "Open."

  • Click the "Save As," "Output Format" or "Output Type" drop-down list option in the program window, then select "MP4" as the output video format.

  • Click "File," then "Save As" on the menu bar. Type a filename for the new video in the "Save As" or "New Video Name" field, then click "Save" or "OK."

  • Click the "Convert," "Convert Video" or "Start" button. Wait for the application to convert the file you imported from the video camera to MP4 format. The conversion process may take a few minutes or a couple of hours, depending on the file size and length of the MTS movie file you imported from the camcorder.

  • Exit the conversion program when the process is completed successfully.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the MTS files on your camcorder are relatively small in file size and length, convert them with a free online conversion site instead of downloading a third-party application. Not all online conversion sites can convert MTS files, but ConvertFiles.com does a reasonably good job of converting short MTS videos, and it is free to use.

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