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How to get your Pinnacle Studio work beautifully with MTS files?
Pinnacle Studio Ultimate is a powerful video editing tool and ranks among the best. The program comes with all of the standard editing features, as well as some unique perks, such as the ability to work with HDTV video format and original transitions and sound effects. With improved navigation and additional filter features, this video editing software is more user-friendly and hard to beat. Even with a user-friendly interface, Pinnacle Studio offers many features and customizable options. However, users find that Pinnacle Studio can not edit MTS well.
The *.mts file format is an AVCHD file (Advanced Video Codec High Definition), a video file format created specifically for high-definition (HD) digital camcorders. The format was developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic for use in their camcorders. Support for the format has grown and is now supported by Canon, JVC and Sanyo video camcorders. The format itself is based on the popular MPEG4 video codec and supports both 1080i and 720p video modes. MTS files are encoded with AVC codec, which is the most effective compressing method, good for streaming, but difficult to edit. Video editing tools to edit and convert this format are only just starting to add support for this file type, that’s why Pinnacle Studio Ultimate does not handles MTS files well.
The following tutorial will guide you through how to convert MTS footage to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate friendly format using Pavtube HD Video Converter. You can download MTS to Pinnacle Studio Converter (trial version) for trial. It is free, clean and safe to install and use.
Converting MTS to MPEG-2, MPEG-4, AVI, DV, WMV and other formats that Pinnacle Studio handles well:
Step 1. Load MTS footage to Pavtube MTS to Pinnacle Studio Converter.
Transfer .mts files from camcorder to computer via USB cable. Run Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter as the best MTS converter, and click the “Add” button to load .mts videos.
Step 2. Set Pinnacle Studio friendly output format.
Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Follow Common Video-> AVI Video (*.avi). To maintain HD quality, you may choose HD Video > WMV HD(*.wmv) for converting MTS to 1080/30p WMV with WMV3 as video codec. The MTS converter also keeps the 5.1 channels by default.
You can also choose MPG, MP4, DV as output format, which are available in Common Video, HD Video and DV tab of MTS to Pinnacle Studio converter. The converter also works with AVCHD footages shoot by various AVCHD camcorders, like Panasonic TM350, Sony HDR-CX110, Canon HF S200, and so on.
Step 3. Determine you video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc
Click “Settings” if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels. Notice that you can not “convert up” video quality. If you selected HD Video in Step 2, we advise you to adjust the A/V parameters to be the same with source MTS footage so as to bear least quality loss at proper file size. You may check the A/V parameters of original video in preview panel, and it will display the video information when you select an item. In case it displays no information, please click the “《” sign. To cut down file size, you may set down video bit rate, the lower bit rate you set the smaller file size you get. Do not forget to click “OK” to confirm your settings. Then type in a desired output location in the “Output” box.
Step 4. Convert MTS to Pinnacle Studio Ultimate friendly video format.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the MTS to Pinnacle Studio converter will start converting MTS for importing to Pinnacle Studio. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Pinnacle Studio Ultimate.
How to make Sony HDR-SR1 MTS footages editable in Final Cut Express?
If you are Mac fan, Sony Handycam is not a best choice when choosing a camcorder for purchase. Basically, the HD camcorders shoot footages in AVC/ H.264 MTS format, which is not editable in most non-linear editing software. Although the latest version of Sony Vegas (published by Sony) is capable of editing MTS format, it is only designed to run on Windows Platform. Mac users have to figure out another way to settle it down. Videographers would see FCP or FCS as useful tool for audio and video editing, for amateurs who prefer to do some simple editing to their HD footages, FCE (Final Cut Express) is a better choice. This guide is written for Mac users that meet difficulties in importing Sony HDR-SR MTS footages to FCE. Why should the MTS files can not be loaded in FCE while Apple made it clearly that the Final Cut Express 4 work with AVCHD files? Surely FCE4 handles AVCHD footages shot in 1280*720 and 1440*1080. So when your footages are shot in 1920*1080, you need to convert the MTS to editable format for FCE. Hope the following guide helps.
Download the trail version of Pavtube MTS/ M2TS Converter for Mac from here if you would like to give it a shoot. The trial version converts videos with watermark on the screen and you are not advised to test with smaller video files in order to save time.
Step one. Run Pavtube MTS/ M2TS Converter for Mac. Click ‘Add’ button, browse to the AVCHD MTS footages and load them to the converter. You can check the files and take thumbnails in Preview window.
Step two. Select the items to be converted, and click on ‘Format’ bar to specify output format. FCE compatible formats such as MP4, MOV, MPG, DV, AVI can be found in the profile list. For instance, you could follow HD Video-> MOV HD Video (*.mov).
Step three. Click the ‘Settings’ button and set proper video/ audio parameters. My advice is to set the video size, bitrate and fame rate to be exactly as the footages so that you will suffer least quality degradation. For example, when the video is shot at 1920*1080, 5mbps, 30fps, you could set Size-1920*1080, Bitrate-original, Frame rate-30. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.
Step four. Click the ‘Browse’ button next to the Export to field and select a location on your HDD for the output video file.
Step five. Click the ‘Convert’ button to start converting MTS files for FCE.
After conversion you can click the ‘Open’ button to locate converted video files, and edit the video footages for playback on DVD-Video players connected to your TV
Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 is quite popular among DV cam lovers and film amateurs due to its flourish video effects and powerful editing and burning features. Yet it does not work with all the footages created by HD camcorders, even if you have activated MPEG-4/H.264 codec. In case that an error message pops up and allege it is an invalid AVCHD format when you try to import MTS recordings to Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 from Sony Hanycam, Panasonic Lumix DMC, or JVC Everio GZ camcorders, a MTS Converter is right what you need. With Pavtube MTS Converter you can easily convert the AVCHD MTS to into editable formats for MEP14, like AVI and WMV. The easy-to-use but powerful MTS to MEP Converter not only converts MTS to MEP, but also help you trim the MTS to desired duration, remove the interlacing lines, add your favorite music as audio track, compress MTS to SD formats, convert MTS directly to iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PS3, etc. A step-by-step guide is displayed below for your reference:
Step One. Load AVCHD Videos to the MTS to Magix Movie Edit Pro Converter.
Transfer the footages you’d like to edit from camcorder or memory card to PC. Install and launch MTS to MEP Video Converter, click “Add” to load the HD video clips, or directly drag and drop the MTS files to MTS to MEP Converter. By default, the files are selected. You could view the files in preview window by double-clicking the file. When previewing, you are allowed to thumbnail video frames too. To join the MTS files, simply check the box of “Merge into one file”.
Step Two. Set Magix Movie Edit Pro compliant video format.
Click on “Format”, and select output format from the drop-down list. AVI and WMV format are naturally support by Magix Movie Edit Pro 14, other alternative formats are MPG, MP4 and MOV. In order to compress the AVCHD MTS to SD video for editing, you could follow “DV” -> “DV AVI NTSC (*.avi) or “Common Video”-> “AVI MSMPEG4-V3” (*.avi). I prefer the former, as the MEP 14 accepts video of 720*480 as default video size. For the users who are unwilling to degrade the HD video quality, a recommended configuration could be HD Video-> AVI HD Video (*.avi), and customize the video and audio parameters as you like.
Step Three. Converting MTS to MEP editable formats.
Finally, click on “Convert” button to start converting HD MTS footage to MEP 14 supported formats. You could set auto shutdown in progress window or leave it there and come back later. After conversion the videos can be easily loaded to Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 and above version for editing. To locate the converted files, click the “Open” button next to output path. Enjoy video editing and DVD authoring thereafter!
Tip: Customize your own profile.
To create an optimized format for Magix Movie Edit, you can click “Settings” and customize advanced audio and video parameters and save you settings. In Step 2 I select AVI HD Video and now I want to further adjust the video to meet my needs:
Video Codec: msmpeg4
Bitrate: high quality
Frame rate: 24fps
Audio Codec: mp3
Sampling rate: 48000hz
To get 5.1 surround sounds, you can select WMV HD as output format. After everything’s setting down, I click “Save As” and name it as “MEP AVI HD”, so that I can use the settings when run the MTS Converter next time by clicking the Format bar and following “Custom”-> “MEP AVI HD”.
If you are interested in this MTS to Magix Movie Edit Pro Converter, you may download its free trial or buy it online via the link. The trial version has no time limits, you can use it to test the MTS to MEP conversion anytime you like, but note that there is a watermark on converted video.
The .MTS is an AVCHD file format (Advanced Video Codec High Definition), which is created specifically for high-definition digital camcorders. It was developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic in 2006 for use in their camcorders. Support for this format has grown and is now supported by Sony, Panasonic Canon, JVC, Hitachi, and Sanyo HD camcorders. The format itself is based on the popular MPEG4 video codec and supports 720p and 1080i HD video formats.
As this format is relatively new, many video players or video editors are lacking of native support to it, or are only just starting to add support for this file type. Therefore, AVCHD camcorder users often meet problems one or another while playing or editing .MTS files. To relieve people’s pains, this article will give a solution to importing MTS file to Sony Vegas. If you have demand for this information, please go along with it.
Factually, Sony Vegas mentions that it is working with MTS from Vegas Pro 8 on its official site, but some users still encounter troubles while inputting MTS files to this editor. Ok, now let’s breakthrough these setbacks one by one together.
First of all, I will focus on solving MTS problems about Sony AVCHD camcorders whose hard drive is using a FAT32 file system.
Once the footage is recorded in chunks longer than 20 minutes, the file size will exceed 2GB, since FAT file system does not support it, in this case, camcorder will automatically record the rest data to a new file.
For example, the footage will be recorded as:
00003.MTS (the last file size will be not more than 2GB)
When connecting your Sony camcorder to your PC, you will be directly navigated to the storage folder of your camera, and then you can copy it to the hard drive of your PC with ease. Also, Vegas may recognize the .MTS files and is willing to import them, however, Vegas is not always able to recognize these .MTS files in size of 2GB, at this time, the following problems may happen:
1. Choppy frames at the end of the 2GB footage;
2. Vegas refuses to import the 2GB video clip, and pops up a message “unrecognized file format”;
3. Vegas crashed after the file is imported .
What should we do now? Actually, you just need pay attention to one thing that is making sure Sony Picture Utility is installed on your PC. It is included with you Sony camcorder, if you’ve lost it, click here to download. As soon as installed, while your camcorder is connected to your PC, the “HDD Handycam Utility” will be automatically launched.
This utility joins multiple .MTS files into a single .m2ts file on the hard drive of your PC, and then you can work this file with Sony Vegas smoothly.
Secondly, I’d like to say something more about the older version of Sony Vegas. Although the robust Vegas Pro 9 has been released not long ago, and it boasts supporting AVCHD definitely, I know some users are not willing to spend much more money to upgrade their old version to the newest one. Many people are still using Vegas 7 or former version to edit their video files.
To these people, the only way to let Vegas work with MTS files is convert these files to Vegas compatible formats like WMV and MP4 previously. The converter I personally used is Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter, I usually use it to convert my MTS files for my iPhone, and its output formats is various, you can select one for your Vegas. To be honest, I’ve tried many other converters before choosing it, this one can make my audio and video go in the same way, so it finally won my appreciation. Hopefully it will also do you a favor.
As for other AVCHD camcorders, because no research has no right to speak, I can say nearly nothing about them. I’m not sure whether they have certain plug-ins or utilities like Sony’s HDD Handycam Utility, or something else to help them import MTS files to Vegas. If not, may use Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter to do previous conversion work still be an available way? Of course, if you have the latest version of Vegas or have your better way to solve this problem, just let my words go, or you can share your ideas to me as well. Thanks Prior.
This guide is written for those guys who have trouble in editing MTS footage with Adobe After Effects CS4. Although Adobe announced that AVCHD is supported natively in AE CS 4, and mostly the software allows you to import MTS to AE CS 4 and edit them, the MTS videos may hop back and forth when you play them. Why should this happen? Let me explain it. Firstly you get to learn a bit about the MTS format. *.mts is a filename extension used for AVCHD, a high-definition recording format designed by Sony and Panasonic that uses H.264 (conforming to H.264 while adding additional application-specific features and constraints) codec. H.264 encoded MTS video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. By the way, in order to play MTS videos on PC smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from MTS footage with Adobe After Effects CS4 and prefer fluent playback, an MTS to Adobe After Effect Converter definitely helps. Converting temporally compressed footage to a spatially compressed format is always recommended for performance reasons. Here I recommend you a powerful and useful AVCHD Converter- the Pavtube MTS/ M2TS Converter. The program converts MTS footage to editable formats (*.avi, *.mpg, *.f4v, *.mov, *.mp4, *.wmv, etc) and obtain HD quality (1920*1080, 1440*1080, 1280*720). Converted file can be easily imported to AE CS 4 for editing.
A step-by-step guide compressing MTS for Adobe After Effect:
Software Access: Pavtube MTS to After Effect Converter
(Note that the trail version creates video with a Pavtube logo on the screen)
Step 1. Load MTS files to Pavtube MTS to Adobe After Effects Converter.
Pavtube MTS to Adobe After Effects converter can help you convert and compress MTS videos to After Effects. You may either click “Add” button to import .mts files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program. You are allowed to take snapshots when previewing the movie. Double-click on a file to preview when you would like to preview it.
Step 2: Click the drop-down menu of “Format” to select output format
Pavtube MTS to Adobe After Effects Converter is able to output proper formats for video editing software and devices. To import MTS to Adobe After Effects, I follow Adobe Premiere/ Sony Veags tab and select MPEG-2 (*.mpg) as output format. Alternative formats are WMV, AVI, MOV, DV, etc. If you’d like to combine multiple MTS files to be a single file, you can tick the checkbox “Merge into one file”.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters
To make good control of the output file size and quality, you can adjust all the items in the following interface, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels. To bear least quality loss, you may view the video information in the Preview window (or select the MTS file and click “Property” button to check file info) and set A/ V parameters according to the source MTS file. Note this could lead to huge file size. A way to cut file size down is to set smaller value in Video bit rate box.
If DVD video quality is good for you, a recommended setting is
Size (pix): 720*480 (NTSC) or 720*576 (PAL)
Bitrate (kbps): 8500
Frame rate (fps): 29.97
Sampling rate (hz): 48000
Bitrate (bps): 96000bps
As the source MTS files are AVCHD MTS videos and usually with AC3 5.1 audio, you can retain the 5.1 audio by adjusting the audio codec to ac3 and bit rate to 224000bps (or above), then select 5.1 Channels in drop-down list of Channels box as it shows below.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start compressing MTS to AE CS4
The following window will show you clearly about the conversion information, which will help you to manage your time and storage space in a proper way. After the conversion completed you can click on “Open” button in the main interface to get the generated files and load the compressed video to Adobe After Effects CS 4. If you do not want to wait for the whole conversion process through, you can choose “Shut down computer after conversion” before compressing MTS to After Effects CS4 and leave it alone.
Most HD (High-definition) digital camcorders produce MTS extension files, especially for Sony Handy cams. MTS files are AVCHD videos with perfect video quality, but not so widely accepted by editing software and media players as common video formats like MPEG, WMV and AVI. Besides, the MTS files must be burned to HD DVD or blu-ray disc to obtain the original HD quality (usually 1920*1080). Even if you find some trick to burn the MTS files onto standard DVD, it will turns out with degraded image and slow motion. In a word, you can not enjoy the HD effect unless the MTS files are burned onto HD DVD or blu-ray disc. Taking the cost of HD DVD and blu-ray disc into consideration, it is acceptable to burn the HD footages to DVD with a little quality degradation but fluent motion. How to optimize Sony Handycam footages for burning onto standard DVD? The following guide might give you some hint.
Step 1. Launch Pavtube HD Converter and load MTS files into it.
You can click “Add” button to import .mts files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.
Pavtube HD Converter can help you convert and burn your own MTS video to DVDs. It converts and burn MTS to DVD but also supports AVI, MPEG, MKV, MP4, VOB, MP4, WMV, and more compliant DVD Video set of files for burning to DVD.
Step 2: Click the drop-down menu of “Format” to select output format
With multiple output formats, Pavtube HD Video Converter is able to output proper formats for numerous video editing software and portable devices. To burn a DVD, I select Common Video-> MPEG-2 Video (*.mpg) as output format for DVD MovieFactory 6. Alternative formats are AVI, WMV and MOV. By the way, if you wanna combine multiple MTS files to be as a single file, you can tick the checkbox “Merge into one file”.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters
To make good control of the output file size and quality, you can adjust all the items in the following interface, including codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels. For standard DVD, a recommended setting is
Size (pix): 720*480 (NTSC) or 720*576 (PAL)
Bitrate (kbps): 8500
Frame rate (fps): 29.97
Sampling rate (hz): 48000
Bitrate (bps): 96000bps
As the source MTS files are HD video and is usually with AC3 5.1 audio, you retain the 5.1 audio by adjusting the audio bitrate to 224000bps, and select 5.1 Channles in drop-down list of Channels box.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button to start conversion
The following window will show you clearly about the conversion information, which will help you to manage your time and storage space in a proper way. If you do not want to wait for the whole conversion process through, you can choose “Shut down computer after conversion” to leave it alone. After conversion completed you can click on “Open” button in the main interface to get the generated files.
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Magix Movie Edit Pro 14 is quite popular among DV cam lovers and film amateurs due to its flourish video effects and powerful editing and burning features. Yet it does not work with all the footages created by HD camcorders, even if you have activated MPEG-4/H.264 codec. For instance, when you try to import the HD MOV footages (H.264 MOV, 1920*1280p) took with Canon EOS 7D or MTS (MPEG-4 MTS) shot with Sony HDR SR10 to MEP14, an error message will definitely pop up to tell you it is not a valid AVCHD format. Actually footages taken with AVCHD and some other HD camcorders cannot be transferred to Movie Edit Pro 14, as the app does not recognize them. What you need is to transcend the files (HD MOV, MTS, TOD etc) into something more editable for MEP14, like AVI and WMV. Here I would like to recommend an easy-to-use but powerful converting tool to you, Pavtube HD Video Converter. It focuses on HD Video conversion and will enable you to handle videos of any formats in MEP. A step-by-step guide is displayed below for your reference:
Step One. Getting started
Transfer the footages you’d like to edit from camcorder or memory card to PC. Install and launch HD Video Converter, click “Add” to load the HD video clips, or directly drag the files into file list. By default, the files are selected. You could view the files in preview window, simply highlight the file and click play button.
Step Two. Adjusting audio and video settings
Click “Settings” and customize advanced audio and video parameters. Now that we are converting HD files(MTS, MOV, TOD) to edit in Magix Movie Edit Pro, it will be just ok to set output format as Common Video->AVI/ WMV, 720*480p, 25fps. For the users who are unwilling to degrade the HD video quality, a recommended configuration could be HD Video-> DivX HD (*.avi), 1920*1080p, 25mbps, 30fps or HD Video-> WMV HD (*.wmv), 1920*1080p, 25mbps, 30fps. You may set audio channels to 5.1 in order to get surround sound.
Step Three. Converting HD footages to editable formats
Finally, click on “Convert” button to start converting HD footages to editable files for MEP 14. You could set auto shutdown in progress window or leave it there and come back later.
After conversion the videos can be easily loaded to Magix Movie Editor Pro 14 and above version for editing. To locate the converted files, click the “Open” button next to output path. Enjoy editing and burning your own DVDs!
Convert HTC Evo 4G videos supported by iMovie via Pavtube Video to HTC Evo 4G Converter for Mac
iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Mac users to edit their own home movies. More and more people choose to use HTC Evo 4G. With it, you’ve got the power to do more than you ever thought possible with a phone.
If you’re about to begin editing HTC EVO 4G video with iMovie this is the place to get started.
Many popular video formats such as AVI,WMV and FLV are not supported by iMovie. To import these videos to iMovie,We need to convert them to other formats which suit for iMovie . The following is a step by step tutorial of converting HTC Evo 4G videos to MPEG-4,AVI,FLV,MPG,MKV,MOV,AVCHD,M2TS format to iMovie using PavtubeVideo to HTC Evo 4G Converter for Mac.
Step 1: Launch the PavtubeVideo to HTC Evo 4G Converter for Mac application on your computer and select the video source
Step 2: Select output format for HTC Evo 4G
Click on the drop-down list of “Format”, and then follow “Android” > “HTC Supersonic Evo 4G MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4)”. By the way, besides HTC Evo 4G, this program also supports output video files specialized for other popular Android smartphones, like Motorola Droid X, Google Nexus One, HTC Legend, etc.,so you can totally use it as a versatile Android Converter.
Step 3: convert videos to HTC Evo 4G on Mac
Click “Convert” button to transfer videos to HTC Evo 4G, Pavtube Videos to HTC Evo 4G Converter for Mac adopts advanced audio and video in sync technology, so it guarantees you a satisfactory file quality without letting audio and video go in separate ways. Once the conversion is completed, just click “Open” button to get the newly converted videos onto your HTC Evo 4G.
Step 4. Import output file to iMovie
Launch iMovie, go to “file > import movies”. Select the converted MP4/AVI/FLV/MPG/MKV/MOV/AVCHD/M2TS video then click “import”.That’s it! Now you can edit or your videos in iMovie. Enjoy making your own movies!
Top MOV to Sony Vegas Converter–slove all problems via Pavtube Sony Vegas MOV Converter
As we know Sony Vegas is a powerful editor software,it promised to deal with most common video files.But when we importing MOV files to Sony Vegas for editing we may still face many problems.Like as when we import MOV files to it,it instantly crashes no reason;It said I had to download QuickTime then when I downloaded it and it still didn’t work.This suuies may be due to Sony Vegas is not supported by your PC,MOV is a native QuickTime file format, and QuickTime is bundled with every Mac bought which can be available for both Windows and Mac but in order to use the MOV files, your PC must have QuickTime installed, but this can’t solve problems completely, you still have to install the proper codec.
Import MOV into Sony Vegas is really a hard work The most effective way to slove this is to covert MOV files to AVI/WMV/MPG files which accepted by Sony Vegas,So We need a converter help us. Pavtube MOV to Sony Vegas Converter is a great tool to convert your MOV files to Sony Vegas (any version included) compatible files with best output quality and fast conversion speed (don’t worry about audio and video problem), besides it can also convert between almost all popular files formats like AVI,WMV,MPG,MP4,DV,MKV,VOB,SWF, ASF,3GP,RM etc.
Now step by step tutorial teaches you to convert MOV files to Sony Vegas.
Step1. Download Pavtube mov to sony vegas converter
Step2. run Pavtube mov to sony vegas converter and click Add button to load mov video files
Step3. click Edit button to cop, trim and add effects
Step4. select your prefered output formats and destinations
Step5. click the Convert button