“I use four different cameras to take footage in MTS, MTS (lite), MP4 and MOV formats. While the software that comes packaged with new cameras can sometimes do pretty much the same kind of basic editing, it is almost always restricted to editing the files made by that particular camera. Even within the Panasonic line of AVCHD cameras, the software that works with the files made by one model won’t work with the files made by another model. Is there any toolkit letting me join MTS, MP4 and MOV formats into a single video losslessly? If so, which software can do it? If not, which software/workflow comes closest?”
For combining HD footage in MTS, MTS (lite), MP4 and MOV formats into a single video, your best choice is Pavtube Media Magician. Unlike the bundled software package, this app is developed by Pavtube studio as a best preliminary video trimmer, merger, remuxer and converter. It’s not full-featured video editing software for professional movie makers that require advanced serious video editing like transitions, importing stills, title pages, and overlapping clips. Instead, it’s an user-friendly small kit for beginners to get started. If you’re just doing home movies of Christmas for the family, and you want to clip some frames from Canon EOS 7D .mov footage and merge with a Panasonic Lumix recordings in .mts format, this makes it very quick and easy to do that.
Combine HD footage in MTS, MTS (Lite), MP4 and MOV video into one
Step 1. Load MTS, AVCHD Lite, MP4 and MOV video to Media Magician.
You can either connect your camera with your computer and let Pavtube Media Magician read MTS, AVCHD Lite, MP4 and MOV from camera HDD, or import footage from local computer. If you have already stored MTS clips on your HDD, you can choose to “Import Media Files” or “Import Media Folder” to browse and load the AVCHD .MTS files from computer.
Step 2. Drag and drop MTS, MP4 and MOV onto Timeline for joining
After source MTS clips are imported into the program, you can directly drag and drop the clips that you want to combine onto timeline. ”. You can also change the order of clips once they are there in the Timeline. If you would like to split a clip into two parts, you can drag the cursor/pointer to the right place and click the “Cut” button to cut off the clip. On the timeline you can split/cut/trim MTS video frame by frame and keep only the extraction you like.
Step 3. Decide which format to export.
Choose “Output” in the main interface to switch to Output window.
Media Magician comes up with massive output formats (AVI, WMV, MKV, MPG, H.264, TS, MOV, MP4, etc). Lossless M2TS/MKV output is intended for seamless merge of multiple AVCHD/MTS/M2TS/MOD/TOD clips (from the same camera or camcorder). Decide which format to use.
To merge multiple MTS files together into one single MTS file, choose “Lossless” > “original” and press the “+” icon to confirm. The option is intended for MTS, M2TS, MOD and TOD files only. By using “original” format the software combine the footage without encoding, hence the speed is lighting fast.
To merge MTS, MP4 and MOV video files together into one file, choose “Common Format” and then the format you’d like to export. You can choose from AVI, WMV, MKV, MOV, MP4, etc. This app is way faster than other format converters or video editors. It loads very quickly and converts very quickly, faster than anything I’ve ever seen and it does make some use of multiple core CPUs.
Step 4. Merge MTS, MP4 and MOV video into one with or without conversion
Click “Plus” icon to add conversion task before selecting output format. You can queue multiple tasks for processing. Click on the triangle on the task to get the app start merging MTS, MP4 and MOV videos.
The Media Magician works with over-majority cams, if you owns camcorder like HDC-TM700/HS700/SD700 (1080 60p/50p), Sony HDR-CX350, HDR-XR520, Canon HF S21/S200, JVC Everio GZ-HM1, you can use Media Magician to trim and merge the footage for viewing with HD media player as well as portable digital players (tablets and smartphones).
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