MTS to MOV: How to Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV on Mac (OS X El Capitan Included)

Why Convert MTS or M2TS to MOV?

You may have tried every way to import MTS/M2TS clips from you HD cam to iMovie or Final Cut Pro for editing, and you may also wanna import these cam files to your QuickTime/iPad/iPhone/iPod for playback but failed. These happened may due to the MTS files being raw, or the resolution of the MTS/M2TS videos unsupported; In cases like these, you could convert MTS to MOV for a change, which will fix your problems for MOV is highly compatible with Mac OS X(El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion), iOS devices (iPhone SE/6s(Plus)/6(Plus)/5s/5c/5/4s/4/3GS) and QuickTime etc. This article provides some possible solutions that definitely worth your time to give it a try.

Part 1: Most Easy-to-use MTS/M2TS to MOV Converter

Having been practiced successfully by thousands, a professional video converting tool - iSkysoft MTS/M2TS to MOV Converter is required in the MTS to MOV Mac conversion. The one used in this guide caught our attention because it preserved the video quality and finished the Mac conversion at superb fast speed.

iMedia Converter Deluxe - Video Converter

Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV on Mac with Zero Quality Loss.

  • Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV formats with original quality.
  • Super fast speed during MTS/M2TS to MOV conversion.
  • Directly set iPad/iPhone and iPad touch as output device, no need to find specific parameter settings.
  • The built-in video editor allows you to crop, trime and add effects to the video files before starting MTS/M2TS to MOV conversion.
  • The converter is able to convert between most of popular video and audio formats.
  • It can work as a video downloader to download online videos from Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, etc.
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Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV with iSkysoft in 3 Steps

Step 1. Add MTS/M2TS files to the program

Several choices are available to add MTS files. The most convenient for the user would be to simply plug the camcorder to the computer and the software will automatically identify and expose all MTS files available. Having the MTS files already on the computer, you can also drag and drop them on the program or browse through the computer folders and find your MTS files.

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Step 2. Select out put format

Here you can set "MOV" as the output format. Actually, if you wanna use these output files on your iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iPad, iPhone, iPod etc., you can directly choose the default settings for them offered by the MTS to MOV Mac converter.

MTS to MOV converter

Step 3. Edit funtion (optional)

Moreover, you are offered some helpful edit functions by the MTS/M2TS to MOV tool, such as you can apply some cool video effects to the files, and if you just want to import certain segment of the MTS/M2TS clips for editing, you can split the clip before conversion.

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Step 4. Conversion from MTS/M2TS to MOV

At last, please hit the "Convert" button to convert your MTS/M2TS files to MOV as you want.

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Video Tutorial: How to Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Optional: Online Tool to Convert MTS/M2TS Files to MOV

If you don't want to install a computer program, you can also try online video converter to convert your MTS/M2TS videos to MOV. Try it below:

Note: Because the online tool doesn't support "https", so if the content below was blank, please manually click the "Shield" icon on the right of your browser address bar to load the script. This action is secure without any harm to your data or computer.

Why Choose iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac/Windows

Free Video Converters
Online Converters
Convert HD (AVCHD, MTS, M2TS) videos from camcorder Limited support
Support converting MTS/M2TS to all regular video formats like MP4, FLV, AVI, MOV, MKV and more
The MTS/M2TS to MOV conversion speed Very Fast Normal Slow
Convert MTS/M2TS Videos with oriqinal qualituy Limited support Limited support
The estimated conversion time  
Convert MTS/M2TS to all kinds of video formats for playing, editing and sharing Limited support Limited support
Fetch and Add Movie & TV Show Metadata    
Personalize and edit MTS/M2TS videos Limited support Limited support
Support both Mac/Windows Limited support
24-hour custome support Limited support Limited support
No advertisements Limited support
Burn MTS/M2TS videos to DVD    
Download videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Vevo, Metacafe, Facebook, Hulu and more    

Part 2: Other Solutions to Process MTS/M2TS Conversion on Mac

Online-Converter (ONLINE)

Online Converter is a free and online MTS/M2TS to MOV converter. It's very powerful if you only want to convert a MTS/M2TS video less than 100 MB. Otherwise, you're recommended to get a conversion program.


  • Compared with other online converter, Online-Converter process MTS/M2TS to MOV conversion more quickly.
  • You're able to convert 4 MTS/M2TS videos a time.


  • The free limitation is 100MB video. If your file is bigger than this, you need to purchase the monthly service.
  • The MTS/M2TS videos will be uploaded to the internet. You'll suffer the risk of pravite information leak.
  • Online converter requires the stability of your internet. While local converter doesn't have such issue.

Quicktime Pro (PAID)

If you have QuickTime Pro on your Mac, you can convert your MTS/M2TS videos with it too.


  • QuickTime Pro doesn't only convert your videos, it helps you to play, edit and create home made videos with ease. It's a comprehensive video tool.


  • If you only want a free or cheap MTS/M2TS to MOV Converter for Mac, QuickTime Pro is too expensive.

Miro Video Converter (FREE)

Miro Video Converter is a totally free converter that helps you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4 on Mac


  • It's free and it has no limitation with MTS/M2TS file size.


  • You can only process conversion. There is no additional funtion on this application, not even the customized output destination.
  • The conversion quality can hardly satisfy your requirement.
  • The application is full of ADS.

More about MTS/M2TS formats

MTS is a very high definition video format that is commonly used on HD camcorders, AVCHD, and blue ray disc. It is a container file format that uses .MTS as a file extension. This file format is based on a transport stream container known as MPEG-2. MPEG-2 as a video encoding algorithm while AC-3 is used as the audio encoding algorithm.

M2TS on the other hand is a filename extension that is used for the MPEG-2 transport system in Blu-ray disc audio-video container file format. These files are raw HD videos that are recorded using mostly Sony, Panasonic and canon AVCHD camcorders.

Both MTS and M2TS file extensions support 1080i and 720p HD video formats. The only difference is that the video file in M2TS is saved in the Blu-ray BDAV format. However, both of them are difficult to play on Mac operating systems and have to be converted to friendly MOV or MP4 format.

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Aug 25,2016 18:01 pm / Posted by to Convert MOV
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