Camcorder has become a part of our life, right? It's quite possible that you've shoot some MTS (M2TS) files with your Sony, Canon, Panasonic or other brands of camcorders. Yeah, camcorders help us preserve those precious moments in videos. However, most video editors, video sharing sites or MP4 players like iPod iPhone PSP Zune iPad, etc. do not support M2TS files. Therefore, many people want to convert MTS to MP4 so that they can play MTS/M2TS files anywhere they like and even on portable media players.
To convert camcorder MTS, M2TS files to MP4, a video converter is needed. Here Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate is highly recommended to convert MTS files to MP4 while keeping the high video quality. Besides, it can also convert MTS, M2TS to MOV, AVI, VOB, 3GP, FLV, M4V, MKV, etc. to play and share anywhere. If you're a Mac user, Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac will be a good choice for converting MTS video to MP4 on Mac, including Mountain Lion and OS X 10.9 (Mavericks). Now download the converter and follow the detailed guide below to complete the MTS to MP4 conversion.
Download MTS to MP4 Converter:
Note: Here we take Video Converter for Windows (Including Windows 8) as an example to show you how to convert from M2TS movie to MP4. The way to get your work done on Mac is the same. Please just make sure you've downloaded the right version.
Connect your camcorder to computer and transfer the videos to computer. Then run the program and click Add Files or drag & drop MTS files. As you can see, all added programs will be listed on the left item bar. You're free to select subtitles, audio track, take snapshots, etc.
Click Output Format > Format > Video > MP4 to choose MP4 as the output file format. If you want to convert MTS to iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. supported MP4 format, you can just browse to find the device thumbnail and select it as the export format to convert MTS/M2TS files to fit your device.
Tips: Video edit function such as trimming, clipping, adding effect, etc. is available and optional in Video Converter, so that you can make personalized video clips.
OK, now we come to the last step: click the big Convert button to begin the conversion. There will be a progress bar showing you how much of the conversion is completed. After the conversion, click Open Folder to find the new MP4 files and then you can enjoy them anywhere you like.
Here is the video tutorial on how to convert camcorder MTS/M2TS files to MP4 in Windows:
It is very important to note the differences between two video file formats when converting MTS to MP4. MTS maybe a lesser known video file system but it is also as widely used around the world. The differences and similarities of MTS vs MP4 are listed below.
What is MTS?
MTS is also known as AVCHD. It is the format used by both Panasonic and Sony for their high definition camcorders. MTS is based on the MPEG-2 format that supports a transport stream in the 720p and 1080i resolution. MTS files can be played and edited using the native programs embedded in the camcorder's system. There are also other applications and software compatible for Windows, Apple, and Mac that can open MTS files. Good examples are the Microsoft Windows Media Player, Roxio Toast II, and the VideoLAN VLC Media Player.
What is MP4?
MP4 is a video file also based on the MPEG media format. However, MP4 offers no limits on the codecs, bit rates, frames per second, and other common video settings. This video format is a container file that can encapsulate videos, audios, and subtitles into one high quality video file. MP4 is more common and widely used than MTS.
MTS vs MP4
MTS is based on the MPEG-2 format while MP4 is MPEG-4. Being said that, both have the capacity to produce the same quality of video files given a set of settings. However, using the base settings for these two files, it is easy to see that the MTS file format can capture more details and store more information than MP4. That is the reason why MTS produces a file much larger than the latter. MP4 can produce the same results, although tweaking is necessary to make it at par. However, MP4 is more compatible with a lot of video editing software than MTS.