“I am looking for an app that would convert .mts files to play on my new Microsoft Surface RT. I’m using a Sony SLT-A99 and a Canon HF M500, and unfortunately my Windows 8 tablet does not give native support for the .MTS shootings captured by my cameras, thus it can not be imported directly into my Surface tablet. Is there any freeware available to convert my MTS footage?”
Yes, there is. The Pavtube Free MTS Converter App Store Version does the trick. It is specially designed for Sony, Canon, JVC and Panasonic AVCHD Camcorder/camera owners to convert recorded AVCHD (.mts/m2ts) videos to various video formats for using in video editing software and portable devices. Compared with other similar free apps, the output image and sound quality of the Mac Free MTS Converter is much better. Plus, this Free AVCHD Converter for Mac provides loads of devices presets for users to choose from, covering the iPad, Android devices, Windows mobiles and so on. The preset format ensures that you can get a well playback quality when viewing the generated video on the screen of your portable devices. Even though there is no optimal format preset for the new Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, you can follow the guide below to custom a suitable profile for your Surface slate on Mac.
Step-by-step tutorial: How to convert MTS to Surface RT/Pro by using the Free MTS to Surface Converter for Mac?
1. Add MTS files into the Free MTS Converter for Mac software
Click “Add video” or “Add from folder” icon to load your source files directly from your camera, or from a card reader, or from the file folder that contains the source MTS videos stored on your computer’s hard disk drive.
2. Select output format for Surface tablet
Move to “Format” menu and choose “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4)” as target format for Surface RT or Pro from “HD Video” catalogue. If you intend to combine the loaded MTS files into one file, you can tick off the checkbox of “Merge into one file”.
3. Custom file quality
Click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to custom a proper profile for your Surface tablet. The optimal video and audio settings for Surface RT & Pro are listed as below:
Size (pix): 1280*720
Bit rate (kbps): 2,000
Frame Rate (fps): 24
Sample Rate (hz) 48,000
Bit rate (bps): 128,000
If you expect a much better image quality, you are allowed to click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to set the video bit rate higher than 2,000 kbps. This will generate a file with higher video quality but larger file size.
4. Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS video to MP4 for Surface on Mac
Click “Convert” button to start MTS to H.264 MP4 conversion for Surface tablet. Once the conversion is done, you can click “Open” button to get the transcoded MTS files for watching on both Surface RT and Surface Pro. Learn to transfer Videos to Your Microsoft Surface.
You may meet “"Can't play" error when playing Pavtube converted files on the surface, that’s because Surface cannot play video files from certain locations. Moving them locally sorted it out.
Assuming that you would like to export AVCHD MTS files to ProRes for using in FCP, or recode to AIC for using in iMovie or FCE, you can upgrade the free version to paid version at only $19.99. If you only need to transcode MTS to Surface Tablet on Mac, the Free Version is useful enough to fit your requirements.
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