“.MTS” files are AVCHD video clips.
“AVCHD is a high-definition digital video format that supports 1080i and 720p with a reasonably small file size. AVCHD files are based on the MPEG4 CODEC. AVCHD video files can be burned to Blu-ray discs and played in compatible devices, such as Blu-ray disc players and the Sony PlayStation3. Various video programs can edit or convert this file format which is generally used by Sony and some Panasonic video cameras.” – FILExt
However, there are cases where your computer simply cannot play back MTS video files at all. To solve this problem, you need to download and install some software.
(updated on January 2013)
How to play “.mts” video files?
- MTS Player
Free downloadable program. Works on Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. If it works on Windows 7, it should work on Windows 8. No Mac version available.
Free downloadable program. KMP is a versatile multi media player which can cover various types of formats without any separate Codec. Works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista (32bit)/Windows 7 (32bit). No Mac version.
- VLC Media Player
VLC is a free cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD and VCD. Multiple versions available for Windows and Mac OS.
- Free Video Player
Free Video Player plays almost any audio or video file you throw at it without any codecs installed. Free and downloadable. Supported OS are Windows NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista/7 and Windows 8. No Mac version.
- Splash Lite
Play all your High Definition MPEG-2 and AVC/H.264 camcorder clips and movies. You don’t need any additional codecs. Splash Lite is a free and limited version of Splash PRO or PRO EX. Works on Windows XP(SP3), Windows Vista and Windows 7 . No Mac version.
- MPlayer OS X
MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems and plays most video files. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, DivX 3/4/5 and even WMV movies. Free and for Mac only.
- Free MTS Converter
If you still cannot play your MTS video file after trying all the video players and video editors, the next step is to convert your MTS video file to a video format which your computer can play. Wondershare Free MTS Converter is available in both PC and Mac versions.
This section is from this original blog post written in March 2009/2010 which may still be valid:
I have, however, discovered one free player that plays back MTS video files rather efficiently.
This free MTS video player is none other than Google Picasa!
Here are 5 steps to Start Playing your MTS Video Files.
- Go to Google Picasa.
- Download Google Picasa.
- Install Google Picasa.
- Let Google Picasa search your hard drive for media files (photos and videos).
- Play your MTS video files.
UPDATE! UPDATE! (30 March 2010)
Finally, the free player for MTS files is here!
Here’s the 5 steps to start playing MTS video files in less than 5 minutes.
- MTS: MPEG Transport Stream
- AVCHD: Advanced Video Codec High Definition
- MPEG: Moving Picture Experts Group
How do you play your “.mts” video files? What worked for you?
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