3 Ways to Convert MTS to MP4 in Windows 10/11

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Summary: Want to convert MTS to MP4 for better compatibility? Here are the 3 best methods and 5 MTS to MP4 converters in total to help you out. If you want a fast and lossless conversion without testing them one by one, try the best solution provided by the quality software VideoProc Converter.

MTS, short for MPEG transport stream, refers to a video file saved in AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) format. It is widely used to record HD videos on Sony and Panasonic HD camcorders as well as store HD videos on Blu-ray discs. A .mts file is often compressed using MPEG-4 and Dolby AC-3 codecs and capable of storing 1080p and 1080i HD videos.

But after transferring among different software or importing MTS files to post-editing software like Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, and Adobe Premiere Pro, you may encounter errors to open the files or find no sound.

The key reason lies in the compatibility – video codec and file extension. The simple and effective solution is to convert MTS to MP4, a universal video format. Now check the top 3 easiest ways of how to convert MTS to MP4 without losing quality.

How to convert MTS to MP4

1. Convert MTS to MP4 with VideoProc Converter

VideoProc Converter (former name VideoProc) is a simple yet powerful video converter for Windows 11/10/8/7 and Mac (Monterey included). In speaking of converting MTS files to MP4, this tool accepts MTS videos from all sorts of Sony and Panasonic camcorders or .mts files you got from somewhere else. Regardless of your purposes – compatibility, file size, or video quality, VideoProc Converter can perform as the best video converter and even surpass your expectation with its conversion capabilities, speed, and ease of use.

Highlighted Features for Converting MTS to MP4

  • Support 370+ video formats ranging from mainstream formats to rare ones.
  • Full control over video quality, bitrate, frame rate, audio codecs, etc.
  • Preset MP4 profiles for different devices and video platforms for quick conversion.
  • 47x real-time faster conversion speed boosted by level-3 hardware acceleration.
  • All-in-one toolkit – edit, convert, compress, record screen, and rip DVDs.

Free download and install VideoProc Converter and convert MTS to MP4 without losing quality!

Step 1. Launch VideoProc Converter on your PC. Choose Video to get into its video conversion interface.

Open VideoProc Converter

Step 2. Drag and drop one or multiple MTS videos from your computer to this software.

Step 3. Click Video at the bottom. Choose MP4 H.264 or MP4 HEVC as the output format.

If you want MP4 encoded with other codecs, such as MPEG4, you can find more in the Target Format option.

Convert MTS to MP4 using VideoProc Converter

Note: If you are converting MTS to MP4 for better compatibility, MP4 encoded with H.264/AVC is your primary option because H.264 is supported by almost all recent media players and devices. While if your purpose is to shrink the file size, HEVC/H.265 is better because of its higher compression ratio.

Step 4. To retain the original quality, double click the MP4 icon to open the format settings and check if the frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, and bitrate are the same as the original MTS file.

How to convert MTS to MP4 without losing quality in VideoProc Converter

Tips: If the MTS file uses the interlace scanning system, move to the right side of the interface and check the Deinterlacing option to convert MTS to MP4 without losing quality.

Step 5. Choose a folder to save the video on your computer. Enable Hardware Acceleration and click RUN to start the conversion from MTS to MP4.

2. Convert MTS to MP4 with VLC Media Player

Many users may have the question - can VLC convert MTS to MP4? Well, although the name suggests it's a media player, it is also a video converter in Windows that handles this job for free. If you've installed this app on your computer, you can give it a shot with the following instructions.

Step 1. Open VLC media player on your Windows 10/11 computer.

Step 2. Click Media in the top bar and choose Convert/Save.

Open VLC convert option

Step 3. Click Add+ to choose one or more MTS files on your PC. Then expand the drop-down menu of Convert/Save at the right bottom.

Step 4. Expand the drop-down menu of Profile, and choose an MP4 profile – H.265 + MP3 or H.264 + MP3.

Convert MTS file to MP4 in Windows 10 with VLC

Step 5. Click Browse to select a folder to save the video, and hit Start to convert the .mts file to MP4.

Drawbacks of This Method

  • No presets for MP4 profiles encoded with other codecs.
  • No options for you to handle the output quality.
  • No hardware acceleration to boost the conversion speed.

3. Convert MTS to MP4 Online

Don't want to install any video conversion programs on your PC? Try online video format converters. The only requirement is the network connection. In the following part, we are going to show you the top three MTS to MP4 converters online. They differ from each other in operations and video adjustments slightly, but all of them work for free.

#1 CloudConvert

Step 1. Enter cloudconvert.com in the link address tab to open its official website.

Step 2. Set the input format to MTS and output to MP4 to open its MTS to MP4 online converter.

Convert MTS to MP4 online with CloudConvert

Step 3. Upload your MTS video to this website from your computer or Google Drive/Dropbox/OneDrive.

Step 4. Click the wrench icon to adjust audio and video parameters or keep the current settings.

Step 5. Hit the Convert button and wait for it to process.

Step 6. When it is done, download the MP4 file to your computer.

#2 FreeConvert

Step 1. Visit freeconvert.com on your browser.

Step 2. Click Converters > Video Converter at the top bar.

Step 3. Choose MTS files from your computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox to add to FreeConvert.

Step 4. It sets MP4 as the default output format. If not, expand the drop-down menu and choose MP4.

Step 5. Click the gear icon to open the Advanced Options panel to change the video codec, frame rate, aspect ratio, etc. if necessary.

Step 6. Hit the blue button saying Convert To MP4.

Convert MTS to MP4 for free

Step 7. When the conversion is finished, save the video file to your device.

#3 ConvertFiles

Step 1. Go to convertfiles.com.

Step 2. Choose Video in its Convert option.

Step 3. Click Browse to select a local MTS tile from your computer.

Step 4. It'll recognize the input format automatically. So you just need to set the output format to MP4.

Step 5. Click the Convert button. After it converted the MTS video to MP4, you can save it by downloading it. Alternatively, you can ask it to send you a download link to your email when it is finished.

MTS to MP4 online converter

Drawbacks of This Method

  • Can't convert large MTS files.
  • Limited conversions per day in free plans.
  • Time-consuming to upload, convert, and download videos.
  • HD MTS videos quality degraded visually.

FAQs

What program opens MTS files?

Most media players on PC can play MTS files, such as VLC media player (Windows and Mac), Windows Media Player (Windows), and Elgato Turbo.264HD (Mac). Double-click on an MTS file, it will be opened with the default player on your computer. If it's unsupported, right-click on the file and choose Open with to change the player.

What is the difference between MP4 and MTS?

MP4 and MTS are both general video files, but they are developed by different organizations and put different limits on allowable codecs and other codecs. MTS was developed by Sony and Panasonic Corporation in 2006. In the camera context, MTS files capture more details and take up more storage than MP4. And MP4 files are more compatible with video editing software.

Is MTS the same as AVCHD?

No. An MTS (.mts) video is a high-definition file associated with AVCHD video format. AVCHD is a form of video compression that allows the large data files from HD camcorders to be captured and saved on digital media. An AVCHD video can be either assigned the .mts file extension or .m2ts.

How to convert MTS to MP4 in Android?

You can use an online MTS to MP4 converter on the default browser, then download the converted file to your Android device. Also, you can convert MTS files to MP4 with VideoProc Converter on your computer, then transfer it to your Android.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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