This article aims at helping users who would love to know how to play M2TS/MTS files on their Windows PC or other devices. More specifically, these M2TS file are basically used by Sony formats and hardware, such as Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD camcorder. Follow up with this tutorial of how to play M2TS files, you will learn what is M2TS, why it is not easy to playback it and how to make M2TS playable on iPhone iPad easily and smoothly.
The .m2ts is a filename extension used for the BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream container file format. It is used for multiplexing audio, video and other streams. It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream container. This container format is commonly used for high definition video on Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD.
Note: Almost all commercially produced Blu-ray Disc titles use copy protection method to encrypt and rip content of Bluray disc (including M2TS files). Software that supports M2TS files usually works only with decrypted or unencrypted files. Blu-ray Disc software players can usually play back encrypted content from original disc.
Currently, Picture Motion Browser, which is an application M2TS player provided with Sony AVCHD camcorders, is made for playback M2TS file type. And this software is used to be combined on Sony hardware. So if you get an Sony AVCHD camcorders and its Picture Motion Browser, there is no more need to read this.
Although there are some media players support playback M2TS natively, like SMPlayer, KMPlayer, VLC, they are still depending on what compression formats are used on M2TS file. Besides, The file type .m2ts is not always automatically associated with the player, so it may be necessary to install appropriate M2TS codec, component or plugin.
In other word, no matter how many M2TS player activated on your computer, you still cannot guarantee to play all M2TS videos. The only outstanding M2TS Player is called 5KPlayer so far. Engineered with more than 400 video codec, this M2TS player supports both Blu-ray M2TS and AVCHD M2TS videos. (Please note that 5KPlayer is an all-in-one media player software capable of playing (M2TS) videos, music files, DVDs, radios, free downloading videos songs from YouTube, Vimeo, etc, and streaming video audio for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc.)
M2TS files can also be played on Sony PlayStation 3 (convert MKV to PS3 with MKV2VOB), Sony Bravia TV, Panasonic Viera TV, Western Digital WDTV, and Xtreamer media player supporting playback of AVCHD M2TS. Apple's Final Cut Pro can read .MTS files (as stored in Sony HDR camcorders) by using the AVCHD plugin in the Log and Transfer window.
Anyway, if you just do want to save trouble with playing M2TS video file, then convert M2TS to popular and computer-friendly format is good choice, like convert M2TS to MP4. At present, there are two M2TS Converter software performs most stable and trustable, Handbrake and WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe lets you rest assured that all kinds of HD videos can be flawlessly compressed and converted to fit your video players in an easy way, including MKV, AVCHD (M2TS, MTS), MOD, TS, TOD, etc. Its powerful compatibility empowers you to convert MKV to AVI, MTS/M2TS to AVI/MPEG, and AVCHD to MP4. Just to name a few.
* Download M2TS Codec for Windows Media Player
* Convert AVCHD M2TS to MP4 - Play M2TS with Full HD Quality
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