How to Convert MTS Videos to Another Format on Linux with VLC

MTS video convert (camera)

Sure you have ever met videos in MTS format that you cannot play with certain media players or on certain devices. To convert this format into a more common one, such as AVI, MP4, etc., you have several possibilities in Linux, as I will detail here.

In case you did not know, this MTS video format is used for high definition videos, and supports resolutions of 720p and 1080p. To be able to open or edit them, you would need specific software that includes some Sony or Panasonic camcorders. But with these steps you can use less specific players.

To be able to do the conversion you will not need strange converters or complicated commands, although you could also do it in other ways, such as using the powerful ffmpeg tool, among others. But here I will show it graphically and intuitively using VLC. Therefore, you need to have this media player installed on your system.

Assuming that you already have it installed, the steps for MTS conversion are:

  1. Open VLC.
  2. Click on the menu Medium.
  3. Choose Open file.
  4. From the browser, select the MTS.
  5. press Open.
  6. Now, you have to go back to the menu Media coverage.
  7. But this time click on Convert.
  8. You will see that a new window opens, click on the Add button. And hit the button Convert / Save. You will see that your MTS file appears as selected in Source.
  9. Choose the format to which you want to convert the MTS among those that appear (MPEG, FLAC, RAW, AVI, FLV, MP4, MP3,…) in the Preferences section in the Profile option.
  10. press Save.
  11. In the new Profile drop-down menu, choose the codec that you are going to use for the new format, such as H.264 + MP3.
  12. With the button Explore, you indicate that you want to store it in the directory that you indicate and with the name that you assign, with the extension that you have chosen (.avi, .mp4, ...).
  13. Close the window with Save.
  14. press Login and wait for the conversion to finish. Clever!

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