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4 Simple Ways to Convert TS to MP4 While Maintaining Good Quality

"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 4 powerful video transcoders (some are free) and illustrate how to transcode TS file to MP4 on Windows (10) and Mac within clicks.

Method 1. Convert TS to MP4 with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

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

  • Transcode TS to MP4 as well as other formats such as MKV, HEVC, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, MPG, FLV, etc.
  • Convert TS video to MP4 for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, and other devices with optimized presets.
  • Choose High Quality Engine to get your resulting file with every detail reserved!
  • Finish conversion at fast speed, owing to the support for the world's most advanced Intel QSV, MMX-SSE, Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, Hyper-threading and AMD 3DNow! Tech.
  • Edit videos by trimming, merging, cropping, adding subtitle, etc. Free download (MP4) videos from YouTube and other 1000+ sites.

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How to decode TS video file to MP4 with WinX 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.

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

Method 2. Convert Video from TS 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Method 3. Free Change TS Video 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. Now, let's show you how to convert TS to MP4 with VLC media player.

How to Transcode TS file to MP4 with VLC player?

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.

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.

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

Method 4. Convert TS to MP4 with 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.

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.

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

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

This method is quite different from abovementioned 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/.

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...

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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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