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Fast Free Convert or Remux TS to MP4 with 3/4 Clicks [10 Ways]

"I have a file that ends in .ts. I've never run into a file like this. It seems that it isn't playable on many devices. So I want to convert this TS file to a more common format/container, such as MP4."

TS, also known as MPEG transport stream, transport steam, MPEG-TS, or MTS, is a standard digital container format for transmission and storage of audio, video, and PSIP data. Since TS is accepted by limited devices and programs, people often need to convert TS to MP4 - the most widely used digital multimedia container format recognized by nearly all devices, players, and editors.

There're many TS to MP4 converters in the market. Here we single out 10 free TS file converters and illustrate how to quickly convert Transport Stream .ts file to MP4 or remux TS to MP4 without re-encoding on Windows (11/10) and Mac within simple clicks.

Way 1. Free Transcode TS to MP4 with VLC

VLC is known as a free media player, but it also comes with many hiding features, one of which is file format conversion. It can free change .ts video to MP4 format, as well as MOV, AVI, WebM, FLV, OGG, MP3, FLAC, etc. 15 video/audio formats. Only 5 clicks and you can convert TS to MP4 at GPU hardware accelerated speed. Now, let's show you how to convert TS to MP4 with VLC media player.

    Pros:

  • Free and easy
  • GPU hardware decoder supported to improve TS to MP4 converting speed.
  • Cons:

  • Lossy conversion. No 1:1 video streams copy mode.
  • Unlike Nvidia NVENC encoder, VLC hardware converter adopts OpenGL tech (API tech indeed), not truly GPU hardware encoder.

1. How to Free Change Transport Stream .ts File to MP4 on Windows 10/11 with VLC?

Step 1. Open VLC, click "Media" tab, and choose "Convert/Save".

Step 2. Then a new panel will pop up. Click "Add" button to select the source TS video files for further conversion to MP4.

Step 3. Click the dropdown arrow beside "Convert/Save", and choose "Convert".

Step 4. Then, you will be directed to Convert window. Under Profile, choose "Video-H.264+MP3 (MP4)". Click "Browse" to select a destination folder and the name for the MP4 output.

Convert TS to MP4 with VLC
Convert TS to MP4 with VLC

How to speed up VLC TS to MP4 converting speed on Windows 10/11? Enable GPU hardware-accelerated decoding feature in VLC player. For users whose VLC version is v3.0.0 or higher, you have no need to manually enable it as it will defaultly set it as "Automatic". For VLC version 2.2.X branch or older, go to "Preferences" (under Tools) > "Input/Codecs" > find "Hardware accelerated decoding" under Codecs > change the default "Disable" to "Automatic", Direct3D11 Video Acceleration or DXVA 2.0 to enable GPU hardware decoding in VLC.

Step 5. When all settings are done, hit "Start" button to begin converting TS to MP4. Theoretically, it should work, but some people also report that nothing happens after clicking "Start". If you can't fix it, try other methods.

2. How to Free Convert Video TS to MP4 on MacBook/iMac/Mac Studio with VLC?

Step 1. Fire up VLC media player on your MacBook Pro/Air, iMac or Mac Studio. Access to it via Applications folder or Launchpad.

Step 2. Tap "File" tab from the top menu of your Mac screen > select "Convert/Stream" from the drop-down list.

Tap File from VLC

Step 3. Click "Open Media" button on the convert window > choose the TS video file from your desktop > hit "Open" button.

Step 4. Opt for an MP4 profile as output format - "Video - H264+MP3 (MP4)" under "Choose Profile" section > tap "Save as file" button.

Convert TS to MP4 with VLC on Mac

How to make VLC convert TS to MP4 faster on macOS? Still turn on GPU hardware-accelerated decoding feature in VLC player for Mac. For Mac users whose VLC version is v3.0.0 or higher, you have no need to manually enable it as it will defaultly set it as "Automatic". For VLC version older than v3.0.0, go to "Preferences" (under the top menu of your Mac screen) > "Input/Codecs" > enable "Hardware decoding" option under Codecs / Muxers section > tap Save. The work is accomplished.

To activate GPU hardware converter in VLC Winodws/macOS, go to this page to check the detailed guide (with pictures).

Step 5. Tap "Browse" button to specify a destination folder for saving output MP4 file and also name your resulting MP4 video.

Step 6. Click Save. It's located in the lower-right corner of the "Convert & Stream" window. Then, VLC player will begin decoding TS video, re-encoding TS to MP4, and save the MP4 video to your selected saving location.

Way 2. WinX Free Convert & 1:1 Remux TS to MP4 [No.1 Fast!]

HD Video Converter Deluxe is the best TS to MP4 converter for Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. And it has a Mac version compatible with macOS Monterey and lower. Its features include but are not limited to:

  • Transcode TS to MP4 (HEVC/H264/MPEG-4) as well as MKV, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, WebM, YouTube, MP3, etc., no input size limit!
  • Auto Copy mode to remux TS to MP4 without re-encoding, 1:1 original quality kept! Tick High Quality Engine to get your re-encoding resulting file with every detail reserved, 98% quality kept!
  • Advanced Intel QSV, Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, AMD GPU HW acceleration tech improves conversion 5X faster than any contender!
  • 3 Clicks to convert TS video to iPhone (13), iPad Android, PS4/5, Xbox, Windows Phone, Apple TV, iMovie, etc. 420+ preset profiles.
  • Edit videos by trimming, merging, cropping, adding subtitle, etc. Free download (MP4) videos from 1000+ sites.

    Pros:

  • Auto Copy mode gives you 1:1 lossless MP4 quality as long as input and output codecs keep the same, e.g., TS MPEG4 to MP4 MPEG4.
  • GPU hardware decoding & encoding supported, with truly Nvidia NVDEC decoder & NVENC encoder, Intel QSV and AMD supported.
  • TS to MP4 remuxing goes even 10X faster than transcoding, fastest converting speed you can experience.
  • Cons:

  • Video editing features are basic, leaving much to be desired.

How to decode or remux TS video file to MP4 with HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 1. Load source TS files.
You can simply drag and drop source TS videos into the main screen of the video converter or click "+ Video" button at the top left corner to browse and select target files.

Convert TS to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
Convert TS to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 2. Select MP4 as output.
MP4 output profile (codec: MPEG4+AAC, MPEG4+MP3, H.264+AAC, HEVC/H.265+AAC) can be found in various categories, such as General Profiles and Apple Device. You can choose one based on your own needs.

Unlike VLC player, WinX will auto enable GPU hardware decoder and encoder once it detects GPU HW acceleration tech supported by your computer. And it will hardware decode transport stream TS video and HW encode to MP4. That's why it runs much faster than VLC!

Convert TS to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe
Convert TS to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Optional: if you wanna remux TS (H264) video streams to MP4 (H264) without re-encoding, manually tick "Auto Copy" option on the lower right corner of the main home. Your TS container will be converted to MP4 container, not the video & audio streams which shall stay untouched!

Enable Auto Copy
Enable Auto Copy

Step 3. Begin converting TS to MP4.
When you have finished everything, simply click "RUN" button to perform TS to MP4 conversion in no time.

Video Tutorial: How to Convert TS to MP4 with High Quality

Way 3. Free Remux TS to MP4 without Re-encoding with AviDemux

Speaking of 1:1 lossless remuxing TS video to MP4, AviDemux is a must mention. Essentially speaking, Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. Yet, it's more than a basic video editor. Instead, it can also be applied to copy TS video audio streams to MP4 without transcoding. Similar to WinX, it also features Copy mode to ensure you a 1:1 TS video remuxing.

    Pros:

  • Copy mode helps you free remux TS to MP4 without video/audio codec conversion, 1:1 lossless in output quality.
  • Free and light-weight open source tool.
  • Cons:

  • No GPU hardware acceleration tech, the remuxing speed is not so fast as WinX.
  • No advanced features like convert, compress, download, etc.

How to free remux TS video streams to MP4 with AviDemux?

Step 1. Launch Avidemux on your Windows 10/11 or macOS after the installation is over.

Step 2. Tap on file at the top left corner > choose open. Navigate to the egc_library folder. By default, this is under videos.

Step 3. Locate to the video folder and find your desired TS video file in egc_library. Open TS file to load it to AviDemux.

Step 4. On the left sidebar, under Video Output and Audio Output, make sure they're set to copy.

Step 5. Select MP4v2 Muxer under the "Output Format" drop-down box. Now click File > Save.

Free remux TS to MP4 with Avidemux

Step 6. Choose the location and the name of the saved video file. Now just hit save. Avidemux will now copy the .ts file to .mp4. The speed and time it takes are mainly jointly decided by hard drive speed, CPU speed and your TS video duration.

Way 4. Convert .ts File to MP4 Free with HandBrake

HandBrake is an open source video transcoder available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It allows you to change video in TS and other formats to MP4 and MKV. Similar to VLC media player and WinX, this free open source transcoder also adopts GPU hardware encoding to elevate TS to MP4 converting speed. Read on the detailed illustration in the user guide:

    Pros:

  • Free and fast, with H265/H264 hardware decoder & encoder supported.
  • Build-in with Constant Quality setting to improve quality at your disposal.
  • Cons:

  • No video editing features, unable to cut scenes, crop image or merge TS clips.
  • Lossy video conversion, no 1:1 copy mode.

How to transcode TS footages to MP4 with HandBrake?

Step 1. Add target TS file by clicking "Open Source". It always takes longer time than WinX TS to MP4 converter to load files.

Step 2. Navigate to Output Settings, and choose "MP4" as the output container.

Convert TS to MP4 with HandBrake
Convert TS to MP4 with HandBrake

How to make .ts file to MP4 convert faster in Handbrake? Pay attention to the MP4 video codec. Similar to WinX, handbrake will auto enable GPU HW acceleration tech if it analyzes GPU hardware accel. tech supported by your Windows or macOS computer. Then what you need to do is just choosing H.264 (Intel QSV), H.264 (Nvidia NVEnc), H.265 (Intel QSV) or H.265 (Nvidia NVEnc) under Video Codec option (Intel QSV or Nvidia NVEnc depends on the GPU brand you're using on your PC). Select the one you need.

Convert TS to MP4 at HandBrake GPU acceleration speed
Convert TS to MP4 at HandBrake GPU acceleration speed

Access to this post if you wanna go deeper into Handbrake hardware decoding/encoding tech.

Step 3. Click "Browse" to choose a destination for where you would like the MP4 resulting file to be saved.

Step 4. If you have nothing to modify, click "Start Encode" to begin changing TS to MP4.

Although this video converter is free and clean, it is very difficult to use for beginners and always comes across errors, such as, handbrake freezes while encoding, source file not supported, video audio out of sync. >> Learn more about how to use Handbrake without hassle

Way 5. Decode TS to MP4 Online with Cloudconvert [Max 1GB]

Cloudconvert enables you to free change transport stream .ts file to MP4 online without installing software. Certainly, it's known to all that free online conversion service also needs finance to support their developer team. Instead of commercial ads, the cashability of this online TS file converter is subscription. Upgrade to its paid service if your single TS file is over 1GB or the file quantity each day exceeds 25. Load your TS file to this online tool if your ts video meets the free conversion requirements or you're okay with the premium charge.

    Pros:

  • Free, easy and convenient, needless to install software or any 3rd party plug-ins.
  • Cons:

  • Input video size limit, maximumly 1GB for free usage.
  • Lossy video conversion, no 1:1 copy mode.
  • Unstable conversion speed, no GPU hardware accelerator.

How to Online Free Convert TS to MP4 from Computer Local Drive or Cloud?

Step 1. Open cloudconvert.com on your web browser and tap "Select File" (red button) to import your transport stream .ts file. Your input TS video footage can be loaded from local computer, URL or cloud service.

Load ts file
Load ts file

Note: check your input TS file size before loading. If it's beyond 1GB, you'll get the following pop-up message to upgrade free plan to premium plan to convert large-sized TS file.

Input file size limit
Input file size limit

Step 2. Choose MP4 format from "Convert to" option. Certainly, you can click the wrench icon next to the output format option to change your video parameters, including video codec, H264 profile/level, resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate, etc.

How to speed up online TS to MP4 converting on cloudconvert? Unlike the above-mentioned video converter software, online tool doesn't pack with GPU hardware acceleration tech. The only way is to improve your network connection, as well as shut down unnecessary programs or web browsers. Of course, comparatively lower resolution, faster speed.

Step 3. Tap Convert button and it will begin changing video format from TS to MP4 online. You need to wait a second since the conversion time is highly relevant to video duration, network speed and computer hardware configurations.

Step 4. Click Download button (green) to free download the output MP4 file to your Windows 11/10 or macOS after the conversion is finished.

Download resulting MP4 on cloudconvert
Download resulting MP4 on cloudconvert

More conversion needs like converting TS to MOV, MKV, AVI, MPEG, MP3 can also be addressed on this free online TS converter service. More file types like audio, document, eBook, image are supported, as well.

Way 6. Convert TS to MP4 Free by Using FFmpeg

FFmpeg is a very powerful command line tool that can transcode video and audio files. You can use it to convert TS to MP4 on Windows, Mac and also Linux machines. Now, let's show you how to carry out this work on Windows.

    Pros:

  • 100% free, no hidden charge.
  • No input file size or quantity limit.
  • Cons:

  • A little bit challenging for newbies.
  • Lossy video conversion, no 1:1 copy mode.
  • Conversion speed has room to improve, no GPU hardware accelerator.
  • No basic video editing or parameter adjustment settings.

How to Decode Video from TS to MP4 using FFmpeg?

Step 1. Download FFmpeg zip file. Then, create a folder named FFmpegTool in C drive. Unzip the file you just downloaded and move all files into FFmpegTool folder.

Step 2. Go to "Run" on your PC, and then enter cmd. Then, you will see a command line window. Next, enter cd\. Now type cd FFmpegTool, which command will permit you to enter into the FFmpegTool folder.

Step 3. Enter cd bin to access the content in the bin folder, and then enter ffmpeg.exe.

Convert TS to MP4 with FFmpeg
Convert TS to MP4 with FFmpeg

Step 4. Enter the command below to convert TS to MP4 using FFmpeg. ffmpeg -i yourvideoname.ts -c:v libx264 outputfilename.mp4

This method is quite different from above-mentioned ways and difficult for newbies. For more details about downloading FFmpeg and using FFmpeg to convert videos, edit videos or do other tasks, please refer to http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/ffmpeg-guide/.

Way 7. Convert TS/MTS to MP4 with AVS Video Converter

The market always teems with many low-profile surprises. Among them, AVS video converter is a low-key surprise. With a boatload of video/audio codecs supported, this professional video converter allows you to free convert TS/MTS/M2TS to MP4, as well as almost any video to MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV, DVD, MPEG, etc. 150+ formats. Moreover, it's also an excellent performer in basic video editing (split, merge, cut...), batch converting and 1-click video sharing. As for the conversion speed you care, it features GPU hardware decoding to quicken speed.

    Pros:

  • All-in-one video converting toolkit.
  • GPU hardware decoder supported to elevate TS to MP4 converting.
  • Support H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, AV1, VP9, VP8, VC-1 and MPEG-2 codecs hardware decoding.
  • Cons:

  • Lossy conversion, lack 1:1 TS to MP4 remux mode.
  • Only GPU hardware decoder, no GPU HW encoder.
  • Only Windows version, no Mac version.

How to Free Decode Stream .ts File to MP4 on Windows 10/11?

Step 1. Fire up this TS video converter on Windows 10 or 11 after the downloading and installation are completed.

Step 2. Tap the file icon (the 1st icon) on the top menu of the user interface to import your TS, M2TS or MTS file. Bulk conversion is supported. Thus, you can load multiple .ts files into this tool.

Step 3. Choose MP4 format as output format after you tap the 2nd "Formats" icon. Then, the detailed info about MP4 format will display on the lower section of the UI, including video codec, frame rate, frame size, bit rate, audio codec, sample rate, etc. Beyond that, it also shows up the basic video editing features like merge, split to customize your TS video before conversion.

Convert TS to MP4 with AVS

Note: go to Settings and find Acceleration where you can discern what type of GPU hardware acceleration your Windows supports. And manually tick the GPU HW decoder, Intel QSV decoder, Nvidia CUDA decoder or AMD decoder grounded on your hardware configurations. Thus, the TS to MP4 decoding will be mainly running on your GPU graphics card, much faster than software decoding.

AVS GPU decoder

Step 4. Hit "Convert Now!" blue button to begin converting stream .ts file to MP4 on your Windows PC.

Way 8. Free Change TS to MP4 with RipBot264

Also a free open source video converter, RipBot264 doesn't have so much influence as its peer Handbrake. Yet, it's still an outstanding performer in converting video from ts to MP4 on Windows 10 PC. Meanwhile, it's also decent in converting any video, DVD disc or Blu-ray disc to MKV, AVCHD, iPod, iPad, PSP, PS3, XBox for video wider usage on mobile devices. We'd recommend RipBot264 if you are comfortable with encoding apps and you know you don't need too many fancy extras.

    Pros:

  • 100% free open source software.
  • No frills.
  • Easy to use, alongside with batch conversion.
  • Cons:

  • Update frequency needs to get improved. Only Windows 10 supported now, Windows 11 not included.
  • No GPU hardware acceleration tech; no extra video editing features.
  • Limited output formats and outdated mobile profiles.

How to Free Convert TS/M2TS/MTS to MP4 on Windows 10?

Step 1. Run RipBot264 after its download and installation are finished on Windows PC.

Step 2. Click Add on its home screen and select a .ts file from your local computer. Batch conversion is available. Load a bunch of .ts files to RipBot264 if needed.

Step 3. Choose MP4 as output format. RipBot has 4 output options: MKV, MP4, AVCHD, and DivxPlus, the latter two are highly useful for burning to DVD+R discs for playback in Blu-ray and DVD players.

RipBot264

Optional: RipBot264 allows you to free crop and adjust your TS video size before conversion. Plus, RipBot has filtering mechanisms to de-interlace/de-telecine as well as deblock and denoise to help you improve your resulting MP4 video quality. Apply them to your stream .ts file if necessary. If not, keep the default settings.

Step 4. Tap Start button and its conversion engine will go into action. This would be slower than those with GPU hardware accelerator. Therefore, treat yourself with a cup of coffee and give it more patience for conversion.

Way 9. Free Convert Video from TS to MP4 with Xmedia Recode

Recently updated on June 3, you can download and install the latest version of Xmedia Recode to convert TS to MP4 H264/HEVC, but also to MP4 AV1 (since it gets AV1 codec update on this new version). Other modern video formats are also included by this all-in-one TS video converter, including 3GP, AAC, AC3, ADTS, AMR, ASF, AVI, AVISynth, DVD, FLAC, FLV, H.264, H.265, M4A , M1V, M2V, M4V, Matroska (MKV), MMF, MPEG-1, SWF, WMV, etc. The biggest advantage of this free video transcoder (compared to its competitors) lies in its powerful video editing features, which will be illustrated in the following guide part.

    Pros:

  • 100% free to use and get updated in high frequency.
  • The list of the input and output formats is a page long.
  • The additional bonus - video editing is highly competitive in the ts to mp4 video converter market.
  • Cons:

  • Lossy conversion, no video remux mode.
  • No GPU hardware acceleration tech to improve converting speed.
  • Windows 11 not supported yet.

How to Free Convert Stream .ts File to MP4 on Windows 10/8/7?

Step 1. Download and install Xmedia Recode on your Windows 10/8/7. Afterwards, launch it.

Step 2. Tap "Open File" button on the top menu of the home screen to load your ts file.

Step 3. Select MP4 as format under Output Format section.

Xmedia Recode

Optional: Move your mouse to "Filters/Preview" or "Chapter Editor" columns where you're authorized to customize your TS video before converting, including crop, cut, flip, clip speed, denoise, sharpen, color correction, deblock, box blur, etc.

Step 4. When everything is ready, tap "Encode" button on the top banner to begin converting TS to MP4 on Windows 10/8/7.

Way 10. Free Decode TS to MP4 with VidCoder

Last but not least, we'd like to recommend you to give VidCoder a try if you're interested in multi-threaded video transcoder. Jointly supported by multi-threading tech and hardware-accelerated encoding with AMD VCE, Nvidia NVENC and Intel QuickSync, VidCoder can decode and re-encode your TS to MP4 format at lightning speed, roughly as fast as WinX runs. Meanwhile, it also has something in common with Handbrake. That is output formats. Yes, it only supports MP4 and MKV formats, as well. If you don't concern this a lot, give it a whirl. And it will use its extra bonuses (decomb, detelecine, deinterlace, rotate, reflect, chroma smooth, colorspace filters) as trade-offs.

    Pros:

  • Free, easy and ad-free.
  • GPU hardware encoder to quicken TS to MP4 transcoding up to 2-4X faster.
  • Basic video editing features and parameter adjustments are available.
  • Cons:

  • Lossy conversion, no video remux mode.
  • Limited output formats, only MP4, MKV.
  • Inherited too much from Handbrake; lack uniqueness.

How to Free Convert TS Video to MP4 on Windows PC?

Step 1. Tap "Open Source" button to import TS video from your local drive to this TS to MP4 converter.

Step 2. Opt for MP4 (H264, MPEG-4 or HEVC) as your output format.

VidCoder

Step 3. Tap "Browse" button at the lower section of the user interface to specify the destination folder. Go to "Video" section to adjust your video resolution, frame rate, aspect ratio settings if needed. As for more video settings, you can refer to Handbrake tutorial as their interface and functions are much of muchness.

Step 4. Hit "Start" button (also on the top banner) to begin decoding TS and convert TS to MP4 on Windows PC. The whole converting will be powered by GPU hardware accelerator if your computer also supports one of three GPU acceleration techs (Intel QSV, AMD VCE or Nvidia NVENC).

Related external sources

[1] TS: MPEG transport stream (transport stream, MPEG-TS, MTS or TS) is a standard digital container format for transmission and storage of audio, video, and Program and System Information Protocol (PSIP) data. It is used in broadcast systems such as Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), ATSC and IPTV...

[2] MP4: MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4 is a multimedia container format most commonly used to store video and audio data. It can be also used to store other data such as subtitle tracks and still images...

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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