written by: Misty Faucheux•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 4/25/2011
You're finished recording your movie in the MTS format. Now, you want to import it into Avid. So, how to import MTS files into Avid Media Composer? Learn more in this Avid tutorial.
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MTS File Overview
The MPEG Transport Stream (MTS) video format is a type of HD camcorder file format, commonly used by both Sony and Panasonic. Maybe independent filmmakers are forced to use this format for filming videos since it’s the default format for their camcorder. The problem comes, however, when they try to open up these files into any version of Avid, especially Avid Media Composer. They usually get an error message, or the video just won’t import. So, you are now faced with a question: how to import MTS files into Avid Media Composer.
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Well, there are some workaround solutions. You can convert the file into another format, and then import it into Avid Media Composer. This is the easiest solution. But, you don’t need to purchase some a conversion program. You can usually perform this task with programs currently installed on your computer: QuickTime or Windows Media.
You also need a program named Sorenson Squeeze. While this program is expensive by itself (costing upwards of $700), it is usually bundled with Avid editor programs. So, you should already have it.
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Preparing the File
If you have a Mac, you are probably using QuickTime. To start changing the file in QuickTime, follow the below procedures:
1. You can open your file by right-clicking on it, and then selecting Open With. Then, select QuickTime from the dropdown menu. Or, you can open up QuickTime, and then go to File and then Open File. Double-click on your file to open it.
2. When the file is open, go to Window and then Show Movie Inspector or Show Movie Info depending on your version.
3. You must now record both the frame height and frame width.
4. Once you are done with this step, you can now manipulate your file in Sorenson Squeeze.