MTS is a highly specialized high-definition digital video format that was created by electronics corporations. While there are some similarities between MTS and other digital video formats that are supported by Windows Media Maker, an MTS file cannot be modified in the Microsoft video-editing program. Nonetheless, an MTS file can be imported into the application after it has been encoded into a compatible version.
Windows Movie Maker
Microsoft Windows Movie Maker is a video-editing program that is included in the software suite for Windows Me, Windows Vista and Windows XP. The application can edit digital video files in the WMV, WM, ASF, AVI and DVR-MS formats. It also accepts digital videos that are compressed with an MPEG-2 video codec, such as those in the MPG, M1V, MP2, MP2V, MPE, MPEG, and MPV2 formats. But even though the MTS digital video format contains an MPEG-2 video codec, the file type is not supported by Windows Movie Maker.
All digital video files are the result of a process known as compression. During compression, streams of media like audio and video are digitized with a codec. A codec is special algorithm that translates data into a format that can be read by applications. After the streams of media have been written with a codec they are compiled into a single file through the use of a multimedia container. Although they are alternately referred to as file formats, WMV, ASF, AVI, MPG and MTS are essentially multimedia containers for digital video.
MTS File Format
The MTS file format was co-developed by Sony and Panasonic in 2006. The proprietary digital video format is used to store footage that is captured by the manufacturers’ HD camcorders. An acronym for MPEG Transport Stream, MTS is a digital video format that is compressed with a version of the MPEG-2 video codec. The companies adapted the open-source algorithm to store high definition video data in resolutions of 720p and 1080p/1080i. This commercial implementation of the MPEG-2 video codec is called AVCHD (for Advanced Video Codec High Definition).
MTS File Conversion
MTS files are typically edited with HD camcorder software. However, if you wish to modify an MTS file in Windows Movie Maker, you will need to convert the media into a supported digital video format like WMV, ASF or AVI. To perform this task, it is necessary to utilize a video-conversion application like TopSevenReviews Free MTS Converter or Koyote Soft Free HD Converter. Although they are released by different software developers, these programs employ the same functionality when it comes to converting MTS files into alternate digital video formats. Simply import the MTS file into the video conversion application, choose a digital video format that is supported by Windows Movie Maker and select a storage location for the output file. Run the conversion command and a confirmation message will appear when the Windows Movie Maker-compatible output file has been successfully encoded.
Windows Live Movie Maker 2011
Microsoft issued Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 as a replacement for Windows Movie Maker in Windows 7 and later versions of Windows Vista. The updated software is compatible with more digital video formats including MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2 and VOB. Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 also accepts AVCHD compressed video, but only when it is stored in either the M2TS or M2T multimedia containers. The application still lacks support for the MTS file format, but like Windows Movie Maker MTS files can be imported into the application after the media is converted into a supported format.