How to Convert MTS to MOV in Mac & PC

When it comes to video clips recorded by high definition digital video cameras and camcorders from Canon, Panasonic, Sony, there are several different file types – Some of them shot videos in .avi format, some others record videos and save in AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) .MTS, and others may capture footage in .MOV file. Since MTS files are highly compressed, and do not let themselves to be edited ‘properly’, sometimes if you have a AVCHD .mts video you want to load it onto Mac and for editing afterwards in Final Cut Pro, for example, you might need to convert the MTS file to MOV ProRes that Final Cut Pro (X) likes.

With supporting 1080i and 720p high definition, AVCHD MTS file often uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec to encoding video, and audio in Dolby AC-3. To keep a minimum loss of image quality, you would better convert the raw MTS to MOV h.264 on Mac. But you can also choose to convert to MOV with mpeg4 or Xvid codec if you don’t care about the loss of quality.

Whether it’s to edit your quality MTS in Final Cut Pro, or to play on a device, or for a specific need, there are a large number of converters for Mac and Windows out there that let users to convert video and music between formats. To keep things simple, Video Converter for Mac (or for Windows) is the way to go for us. It makes converting MTS to a MOV as easy as adding source files, selecting the output, and clicking "Convert". It handles virtually other audio & video formats, See also: MTS to MP4 for example here. The software also brings many presets to convert your videos so they’re at the correct resolution suitable for the device you happen to have.

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