MTS or M2TS files playback on Mac can be a tricky task for many Mac users. Many popular HD camcorders, like Canon VIXIA HF200, Canon FS200, Canon VIXIA HFS100, Canon VIXIA HG21, Panasonic HDC-HS300, Panasonic HDC-HS20, Sony HDR-CX100, Sony DCR-SR47, JVC GZ-HD40, JVC GZ-HD10 etc. record videos in MTS/M2TS format. Since MTS/M2TS is not well supported by Mac, this article will teach you how to play M2TS/MTS on Mac with or without extra media player applications.
Players shown below might not support playing all MTS/M2TS files, which rests with used compression formats in a MTS/M2TS video file. If MTS/M2TS can't play your video well, try to convert MTS/M2TS to MOV so you can play it with the built-in QuickTime Player.
Convert MTS/M2TS to MOV to Play on Any Mac
In order to play the recorded MTS/M2TS videos freely on Mac, the once and for all method is converting MTS for Mac. By doing so, you can effortlessly play your cam video on QuickTime, manage in iTunes, edit in iMovie and more.
To convert MTS/M2TS Mac, you need a video converting tool for help. Here iSkysoft Video Converter for Mac is strongly recommended. It supports converting MTS/M2TS with the original video quality. It can also edit MTS/M2TS files before converting to an output format. All common video editing tools are included, like Trim, Crop, Rotate, Effects, Watermark, Subtitle, etc.
Here are the easy steps to convert and play M2TS/MTS files.
Tip: If you lost your MTS files, there's a chance you can get them back. See how to perform MTS recovery on Mac.
Best M2TS Player: VLC media player
If you've installed VLC media player on your Mac, you can play M2TS/MTS files directly. To do so, search VLC media player from the Internet and download it. Then follow up installation instructions to finish installing this program. After that, drag and drop the MTS Video to the play list. Double click it to play the MTS video on your Mac. However, for those who hasn't installed VLC media player, converting M2TS/MTS is an ideal way to play camcorder videos on their Mac.
Tips: You have to install iLife'08 so that you can play MTS/M2TS videos using VLC.
Other M2TS Players to Play MTS/M2TS Files
Maybe you can play some M2TS/MTS video files on MPlayer, BSPlayer, Windows Media Player, ALL Player and some other players, which rests with compression formats in a M2TS/MTS video file. For some players, they may need to install a proper codec, component or plug-in unit.
The MTS/M2TS file type is not always associated with the player automatically, so it is very necessary to open them on other players.
Note: MTS/M2TS files can also be played on Sony PlayStation 3S and Sony Bravia TVs supporting playback of AVCHD, without any conversion.
See detailed guide about how to convert and play MTS/M2TS with QuickTime Player, the default media player for Mac - Convert MTS/M2TS files to QuickTime on Mac.
Want to edit MTS/M2TS with iMovie, see how here: Convert MTS to iMovie