This article is mainly for Mac user who like to import and convert AVCHD.MTS files on Mac freely.
Part one: Three free common video converter(from cnet)
1: HandBrake(the most popular freeware)
Pros: Free to use, simple, getting home movies on to your iPod, mainly designed for DVD user, sometimes can convert AVCHD Lite format to MP4 and MKV(but just tested on OSX )
Cons: only few output and input there's a 7-day limitation, it takes a long time if you use the wrong settings. Takes a very long time to encrypt, Slows down your computer during process etc.
2: Avidemux is a free open-source program that can be used to demux and remux the audio and video streams into several different container formats including AVI, MP4, and MKV.
Pros: good at cutting, pull out clips of larger videos, navigation of the source movie file is fairly straightforward, says can convert AVCHD files.
Cons: Just for Mac OS X 10.5 PPC/Intel or windows, difficult to figure out what the settings do, can't paste 2 videos together, slow, sometimes no sound, no instructions, limited ability to improve vids, .
3:Mobile Media Converter: free, just for windows(not windows7).
Part two: One professional MTS files converter for Mac
MTS file converter for Mac is a awesome avchd.mts camcorder mate that can help convert MTS files from Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Sanyo etc brand camcorder to mp4, mts to mov, dv, mpeg-2, avi, wmv, dvix, hd video etc popular video formats which can be used with Mac iMovie, FCE, FCP, iPad, iPod etc freely.
Mac MTS file converting tool can not only help you convert and import AVCHD.MTS files to Mac, but also can help you edit your AVCHD camcorder movie easily, like: crop(16:9/4:3), clip, trim, split, join, merge, apply effect, set output parameter, snapshot, rotate etc.
Besides, MTS file converter Mac can help extract audio from video and save as mp3, wav, m4a, aac, ac3, aiff, amr, flac, wma, mp2, mka, also convert convert these audio vice versa, say wma to wav.
Tips: Easy to use, fast speed and best quality, totally safe, works for Mac 10.4-10.6.
Input/output audio: mka, mp3, wav, m4a, aac, ac3, aiff, amr, flac, wma, mp2.
Input video: avchd, mts, ts, m2ts, td, trp, mod, tod, wmv, 3gp, 3g2, mov, vob, mpg, asf, flv, avi, rm, rmvb, dv, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, mp4, mkv.
Output format: mp4, mov, mpg, avi, wmv, 3gp, 3g2, asf, flv, rm, rmvb, dv, mpeg, mp4, mkv, hd wmv, hd avi, hd mpg, hd mp4, hd mov etc.
Output Device Support: iMovie, FCP, FCE, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Mobile Phone, Blackberry, Creative Zen, PSP, iRiver, Apple TV, 3G phone, Gphone.
Trim: Get your favorite segment by setting starting time and ending time with AVCHD Converter for Mac.
Crop: Retain your favorite displaying area or choose available by setting aspect ratio: 16:9, 4:3, full screen, original etc on Mac.
Apply Effect: Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation; special effect: gray, emboss, old film etc.
Set output parameters: Set video resolution, Frame Rate, Encoder, Bitrate and Set audio Encoder, Channels, Bitrate and Sample Rate
Merge: multi-file into one movie for better enjoyment without interruption.
Rotate: vertical and horizontal
Supports AVCHD(mts, m2ts, ts) camcorder:
Canon : HF10, HFS10, HFS11, HF11, HF20, HF21, HF100, HFS100, HF200, HF M31, HF R10, HF M30, HF M300, HF R100, HF R11, HF S20, HF S21, HF S200 , HG10/20/21 etc.
Panasonic:HDC-HS9/20/60/100/200/250/300/350/700,HDC-SD1/5/9/10/20/60/100/200/600/X1,HDC-TM10/15/20/30/55/60/70/200/300/350/700,HDC-DX1, AG-HMC40, DMC-GH1 etc. Also DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ45, DMC-FZ100, DMC-FX700, Lumix DMC-ZS3 etc.
Sony: HDR-SR1, HDR-SR5C, HDR-SR11, HDR-TG7, HDR-CX12, HDR-XR500V, HDR-XR200V, HDR-XR200VE, HDR-XR100 etc.
JVC: GZ-HD10, GZ-HD30/ 40, GZ-HD320, GZ-HD300 GZ-HM200, GZ-X900 etc.
Next Guide: Three steps convert AVCHD.MTS files on Mac.