how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?

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sdh
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how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?
Apr 19, 2012

I apologize if this question is remedial.

Upon realizing that .MTS files play in windows media player without all the (seemingly pointless) folder structure the camera pads around the MTS file, I blew away said folder structure and kept only the .MTS files in my library.

Everything seemed fine until I tried loading videos onto a card to play on my TV. The TV didn't recognize anything. If I format the card with the camera, record some video, then stick the card in the TV, everything is fine. So Im guessing the TV needs the folder structure, index, thumbnail files and whatever else goes with AVCHD, to see & play the actual video?

If that's the case, then is a way to recreate that, having only the .MTS files? I've tried copying MTS files into the folder where the camera put new MTS files, but unsurprisingly the TV did not see the files I added.

Arlene
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Re: how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?
In reply to sdh, Apr 19, 2012

Maybe you can put it into an editing program and re-render it. -Arlene

sdh wrote:

I apologize if this question is remedial.

Upon realizing that .MTS files play in windows media player without all the (seemingly pointless) folder structure the camera pads around the MTS file, I blew away said folder structure and kept only the .MTS files in my library.

Everything seemed fine until I tried loading videos onto a card to play on my TV. The TV didn't recognize anything. If I format the card with the camera, record some video, then stick the card in the TV, everything is fine. So Im guessing the TV needs the folder structure, index, thumbnail files and whatever else goes with AVCHD, to see & play the actual video?

If that's the case, then is a way to recreate that, having only the .MTS files? I've tried copying MTS files into the folder where the camera put new MTS files, but unsurprisingly the TV did not see the files I added.

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In reply to Arlene, Apr 20, 2012

Try a PS3 or a BluRay player.
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Re: how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?
In reply to sdh, Apr 20, 2012

You could try something like this...

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B005KOZNBW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334921587&sr=8-1

The WD-TV will play the MTS files without issue, plus many many other formats including audio and images.

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Re: how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?
In reply to GodSpeaks, Apr 21, 2012

Thanks for the replies. Bluray player didnt recognise the files either.

It's a small number of videos at this point so I'll just convert what I have to mpeg, and going forward I'll keep the original folder structure intact for new videos.

But wow, this is disappointing. I would have expected a Panasonic TV & Bluray player to be able to interpret this Panasonic-(co-)designed format more intelligently.

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Re: how do you make .MTS files playable on a TV?
In reply to sdh, May 9, 2012

look for a program called media converter.
its fast high quality & works great!

its free!!!!!!!

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In reply to sdh, May 9, 2012

The folder structure on the cards is not "pointless." It is consistent with the structure used for Blu-ray. The only trouble is that SDHC slots on older HDTVs may not be equipped to recognize or open anything but JPEG files. Some more recent models (Sony or Panasonic in particular) will play the video files, but require that the folder structure be like that created by the cameras. However, there is no guarantee that any HDTV with an SDHC slot will recognize or play video files. no matter what the format or structure. Some will, many won't.

If you learn to edit video using a software product that allows you to burn Blu-ray discs, or edited AVCHD on ordinary DVD media, and can spare $50 for a basic Blu-ray player, you can then play back video with improvements (titles, chapters, voice overlay, etc) that the raw video did not. The only problem is when you send a Blu-ray or AVCHD disc to someone who has no Blu-ray player or sufficiently equipped PC. Creation of standard definition DVD is the fall-back.

Alternatively, you could buy one of the hard drive media players made by Western Digital or Seagate, which have firmware that allows you to organize the MTS files.

Option three is to stream video from your PC to the big display via WiFi.

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In reply to sdh, 9 months ago

Files exported from camcorders usually come with a .mts extension. Sony and Panasonic developed the MTS format to encode videos captured with their high definition camcorders.

Learn how to play mts on common media player , u can get a .MP4 movie from .mts.

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VSO ACVHD editor will make the AVCHD structure for your .MTS files
In reply to sdh, 9 months ago

sdh wrote:

I apologize if this question is remedial.

Upon realizing that .MTS files play in windows media player without all the (seemingly pointless) folder structure the camera pads around the MTS file, I blew away said folder structure and kept only the .MTS files in my library.

Everything seemed fine until I tried loading videos onto a card to play on my TV. The TV didn't recognize anything. If I format the card with the camera, record some video, then stick the card in the TV, everything is fine. So Im guessing the TV needs the folder structure, index, thumbnail files and whatever else goes with AVCHD, to see & play the actual video?

If that's the case, then is a way to recreate that, having only the .MTS files? I've tried copying MTS files into the folder where the camera put new MTS files, but unsurprisingly the TV did not see the files I added.

Hi sdh,

exactly what you need is Free vso avchd editor. Google it. One limitation: it seems to work with AVCHD only, not AVCHD 2.0/Progressive/1920x1080p60. Well, full version may be even better.

  • Watch HD videos on TV
  • Build your personalized AVCHD stucture
  • Create a personal copy of blu-ray movie
  • Strip video of unwanted streams
  • drag + drop
  • edit playing order of files
  • custom chapter editing
  • Strip video of unwanted streams, i.e. removing all contents from a blu-ray movie except the "Main movie", i.e. capable of extracting only the main movie
  • Create a personal copy of blu-ray movie (with the help of AnyDVD) 1:1 with an AVCHD output structure, efficient when copying result to USB key
  • Create and build your personalized AVCHD structure. AVCHD Editor lets you edit and choose what parts from the whole structure you want to use in your final resulting project, like when you have an AVCHD camcorder coming from Sony, Panasonic, some Samsungs.

Enjoy!

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