Older high definition digital camcorders often use the MTS format when recording video footage to their harddrives. This format is not widely supported by media players or video editing software.
Which is why it’s best to convert MTS files to a more usable format, like MP4 video files. This guide will show you how to do that on Windows with a free program called Handbrake.
Convert MTS Instructions
1. Start off by downloading HandBrake from here, and install it.
2. Open the program and import your video files by clicking on the Source button, and then selecting “Open Folder” for multiple files, or “Open File” for a single video file. Go to your file or files, open, and wait for HandBrake to complete its scanning.
3. Next select your output destination for the converted file, by “Browse” to the right of where it says “Destination”, and go to the folder where you want to save your file, choose a file name and click on “Save”.
4. Before converting, make sure the conversion settings are the way they should be. Usually HandBrake does a pretty good job of determining the output settings, but just double check to be sure the resolution and video codecs are correct. Then simply click on the “Start” button on the top menu to begin converting.
5. Now HandBrake should start converting, depending on the file size and your computer specs, it might take a few minutes, but you’re basically done at this point.