Play Mts Videos From A Sony Hd Cx100 Handycam

There are multiple ways to view your MTS files depending on what type of computer you have.

MPEG Transport Stream or MTS files are a High Definition video format recorded by Sony and Panasonic High Definition Camcorders that often are referred to as Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD). These files can be viewed and edited on Mac or Windows computers. Windows can play the video with its native player, but Macs require either a third-party video player or that the files be converted to a Quicktime format.

Instructions

Windows 7 Computers

1. Turn on the Sony HD CX100 Handycam, and plug the camera into the computer using the USB cable. The camera should appear like an external drive on your computer.

2. Open Windows Media Player. In Windows Media Player, click Open in the File Menu. Navigate to the camera, represented as an external drive.

3. Open the camera’s main folder, and open the AVCHD folder. In the AVCHD folder, open the BDMV folder, then open the STREAM folder. The STREAM folder will have the .MTS files. Click on the file you want, and click open to play.

Windows Computer (Pre-Windows 7 Operating System)

4. Install Sony’s Picture Motion Browser software from the disc provided with the camera. If you do not have the disc, a link to Sony’s downloadable version of the software is available in the Resources section of this article.

5. Turn on the Sony HD CX100 Handycam, and plug the camera into the computer using the USB cable.

6. Open Sony’s Picture Motion Browser software. It should detect the camera and allow you to view all the movies and photos available on the camera.

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Mac Computer (VLC Player)

7. Download and install the VLC Media Player. A link is available in the Resources section of this article.

8. Turn on the Sony HD CX100 Handycam, and plug the camera into the computer using the USB cable. The camera should appear like an external drive on your computer.

9. Open VLC Media Player, and click Open in the File Menu. Navigate to the camera, represented as an external drive.

10. Open the camera’s main folder, and open the AVCHD folder. In the AVCHD folder, open the BDMV folder, then open the STREAM folder. The STREAM folder will have the .MTS files. Click on the file you want, and click open to play.

Mac Computer (iMovie)

11. Open iMovie, if you have Apple’s iLife suite with iMovie installed. If you do not, iLife can be purchased from Apple’s website. A link is provided in the Resources section.

12. Turn on the Sony HD CX100 Handycam, and plug the camera into the computer using the USB cable. The camera should appear like an external drive on your computer.

13. Open iMovie, and select Import from Camera from the file menu. The CX100 should be detected by iMovie, and it should display the movies available on the camera for playback and download/conversion for editing.

14. Convert the CX100 videos to a format playable and editable by iMovie by selecting the ones your want in iMovie’s Import from Camera and clicking the Import button.