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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tips & Tricks for editing AVCHD .MTS files in Sony Vegas Pro

Summary: This guide aims to tech you how to get Sony Vegas Pro working perfectly with AVCHD .mts files, a best way is to convert MTS to MPEG-2, something ensuring best results when using .MTS files in Vegas Pro.

As one AVCHD full HD camcorder user, you may meet some incompatibility issues of AVCHD .mts files when working with them in Sony Vegas Pro, a popular video editing program on Windows. In usual, the MTS footage from Sony, Panasonic, Canon AVCHD camcorders is encoded with H.264/AVC codec. The advanced compression method of H.264 results in much less storage and the same picture quality comparing with MPEG-4. However, the highly-compressed content is not so friendly for editing software. Then, how to get Sony Vegas Pro working perfectly with AVCHD MTS footage? A best way is to convert MTS files to MPEG-2, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Vegas Pro.

If you have problems when using MTS files in Sony Vegas Pro and want to make smooth editing, read on the article, here I will outline how to transcode AVCHD MTS to MPEG-2 for smooth importing and editing in Vegas Pro.

Guide: Converting MTS files to MPEG-2 for editing in Sony Vegas Pro

The quick workaround is to use the yet professional app Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter, which can be used as a top MTS to Sony Vegas Pro Converter under Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode all MTS/M2TS files(from Sony, Canon, Panasonic) to MPEG-2 for Vegas/Premiere Pro; WMV for Windows Movie Maker; DNxHD for Avid MC; AVI for Pinnacle, etc. It works well and converts flawlessly.

Step 1. Add MTS footage to the MTS converter

Once run the MTS Converter, click Add button to load your source MTS files. This converter supports batch conversion.

Tip: If you would like to join MTS files together, just select these files and check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2. Choose MPEG-2 as output format for Vegas

Click format bar to choose format for output; you can choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas -> MPEG-2 (*.mpg).


If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like. For editing MPEG-2 in Adobe Premiere, the best Frame Rate is 30fps, so we recommend you set 1920*1080 as video size and 30fps or 29.97fps as Frame Rate on the Profile Settings.

Step 3. Convert MTS to MPG for importing to Sony Vegas Pro

Click “Convert” button and the selected MTS files will be converted to MPEG-2. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Sony Vegas Pro 9/10/11/12.

Additional Tips:

If you want to use AVCHD MTS files in Premiere Pro, you just need to choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format; to import MTS to Avid Media Composer, Avid Media Composer >Avid DNxHD (*.mov) is the choice. If you’re using a Mac, please get Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac. To edit MTS files in Final Cut Pro, please choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output; for iMovie and FCE, select “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”.

More Topics:

How to Convert MTS to MP4
Get Final Cut Pro Working with Individual .mts/.m2ts Videos
How to Convert & Join AVCHD .m2ts/m2ts files
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