Many modern high-definition camcorders use the .TS video format.
A TS (transport stream) video file is a type of video file used with various high-definition video formats, most notably by JVC in its Everio HD camcorder lineup, including the GZ-HD3, GZ-HD40 and GZ-HD7. Users who transfer clips from their digital Everio camcorders to their computers will most often find a list of .ts files, which can be difficult to edit and are incompatible with many mainstream video editors such as Windows Movie Maker. To edit these files, you must convert them to more compatible MPEG-2 files.
1. Download a TS-to-MPEG converter. There are dozens available for purchase online, some with free trials. These converters may have minor differences in layout but essentially work the same way.
2. Create a folder on your desktop and name it “Converted Videos.” This is where you’ll store all of those videos you converted in one easy-to-find location.
3. Open the converter program and import the .TS file you wish to convert. Adjust the settings on the converter (resolution, aspect ratio, frame rate) and the file format (select MPEG or MPEG-2) for the converted file. The settings should match the aspects of the original .TS file for optimal quality. Some converters will have more settings than others, and almost all will use check boxes or drop-down menus.
4. Select “Output to” and browse to your “Converted Videos” folder you created in Step 2. Click “Convert” on the converter and wait a few minutes while your video converts. Longer videos will take more time.
5. Import the converted MPEG or MPEG-2 files into your favorite video editor.