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MTS VS M2TS: What's M2TS/MTS Format


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What are MTS and M2TS?

The MTS/M2TS file type is primarily associated with AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition), which is a kind of high definition disc compression technology that is designed for camcorder use. Both MTS and M2TS are file extensions for AVCHD video. Many popular HD camcorders, like Sony HDR–PJ260V Camcorder, Sony HDR-PJ230/B HD Handycam Camcorder, Canon VIXIA HF R42, Canon Vixia HFG10, Panasonic HC–V770, etc. record videos in MTS/M2TS format.

The MTS and M2TS formats encode video in the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec, and audio in Dolby AC-3 codec. And they all support 480i, 720p, 1080i, 1080p HD video format.


What's the Difference Between MTS and M2TS?

Though both MTS and M2TS are file extensions for the same AVCHD, there is a slight difference between them. MTS was developed by Sony and Panasonic together as the recording format for the HD camcorders, while M2TS was created to store movie data on Blu-ray disc. You may have noticed that the files on camcorder are .mts extension. However, if you import/copy them to PC, those files will have extension .m2ts.

Why convert MTS files?

You can play both MTS and M2TS on Windows Media Player, Apple's Final Cut Pro as well as VLC Media Player. However, many people want to convert MTS to other video formats, such as MP4, FLV and WMV.

For one thing, by converting MTS/M2TS videos to other popular video format, users can play them on more devices. For another, the definition of MTS format can reach 1920x1080 which means MTS file is always much larger than a normal one. To save the storage space on computer, many users choose to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4.

MTS to Many Format

How to Convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, FLV, DVD, etc.

Various video program can convert MTS/M2TS file to MOV, AVI, MP4, etc. to playback of multimedia player device, like Video Converter Ultimate. Video Converter Ultimate can:

  • Convert MTS to MP4, AVI, 3GP, then you can play them on iPad, iPhone, Samsung and other Android phones and tablets.

  • Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS/TS to Avid, Premiere, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, Movie Maker and Cyberlink.
  • Burn the video you recorded with camcorder to DVD disc and play them through DVD Player.

  • Edit MTS/M2TS files by merging, trimming, adjusting, adding watermark, etc.

Video Converter Ultimate - Any format you want

Videos Converter Ultimate allows you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, FLV, DVD. Download and have a try.


Step 1. Download, install and run Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. The upload your MTS/M2TS files to the program.

Step 2. Go to "Output Format" and choose the any video format you need or the format which is optimized for your device.

Step 3. Click "Convert" to start changing MTS to any other format you have chosen.

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