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How to Play AVCHD files on Mac OS X January 31, 2009

Posted by asimag in AVCHD, MacBook Pro, OS X Leopard, Sony HDR-CX7.
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To play your AVCHD movie files (.mts, .m2ts) you can use one of the following options:

VLC Player (FREE)

Download VLC Player from http://www.videolan.com and start playing your AVCHD movies. You may required iLife 08 or 09 for playback.

Toast 9 or 10

Toast Player which is included with Toast 9 or 10 can play AVCHD files beautifully. Another advantage of Toast is fast conversion of .mts and .m2ts files to any other format you like.

Updated: 31 Jan 2009



1. Rob - March 11, 2008

i have played a .mt2s file on my mac with VLC.
I am still looking for a way to convert those files to .avi, .mov or DVD files. (Maybe Streamclip is any good.. from squared5)

greets Rob

2. asimag - March 11, 2008

Can you point me to mac os x (Intel) nightly build of VLC which plays .mts/.mt2s file?

To convert .mts to avi or .mov use imovie 08 and then export it to any format.

3. Matteo Fini - March 16, 2008

I own a CX 7 myself and found this, haven’t try it yet though

From Apple Support site, iLife08, iMovie

Tapeless Camcorder Support
iMovie also supports many tapeless camcorders that record to Flash Memory, Hard Drive (HDD), and DVD media. These random access devices use a USB 2.0 cable and include camcorders that support MPEG-2 (standard definition) and AVCHD (high definition) formats.
Note: AVCHD support requires an Intel-based Mac.

4. art4people - April 29, 2008

Hello, guys! Here’s a fast way for watching your .mts files…
Get Toast Titanium 9. Open it and click on extras>Toast Video Player.

This will get you access to the Toast Video Player built in app that can play .mts files.

To convert .mts files to divx, dvd, bluray or hddvd, just drag the .mts files to toast window > Video.

Easy, with toast.

To convert to .mov, use VoltaicHD. (or u can use toast to divx and then divx to mov with quicktime, but the quality will suffer.

Hope it helps.


OLEG ASAULENKO - September 12, 2011

Thanks, now I know the way how to quickie look though the files

5. asimag - April 30, 2008

Thanks iMike for your input. I have played the same file with Toast Video Player and VLC. The VLC playback was smoother.

6. IUsandman - May 12, 2008

Hey Guys. Visual Hub will convert to any format you wish. Hope this helps. Cheers. Chris

7. nordkalotten - June 15, 2008

IUsandman: No, it won´t. AVCHD is on the NOT SUPPORTED list of Visual Hub.

8. John - June 27, 2008

I don’t know about the Sony world, but iMovie ’08 reads AVCHD from my Canon HF-10 just fine. Final Cut v4 or better does also. The quality is great, both audio and video. The problem is that AVCHD is all but non-editable, so Apple first converts these to the Apple Intermediate Coded 1080i. This makes the scrubbable, scannable, and losslessly editable, but at about 8 times the size. Pick your poison…

9. Angel_nkc - August 1, 2008

Hi… The best way to convert MTS files is with Toast 9. Like sais “art4people”, but you can directly convert to MOV, to any codec you want. Always go up in quality (ex. from the MTS file to MOV HDV, or MOV Uncompressed 8-bits) size will be bigger, but you will have compatibility to edit this file with Final Cut, After Effects, etc.

I have a Sony Handycam SR10, and the image is beautiful, so… I chose that way.


10. Sylvain - September 6, 2008

ffmpeg, mplayer and vlc now play raw avchd (.mts, m2ts) files natively (mbaff seems to be supported and stable). It’s not as fast as coreavc… I’ve wrapped a bash script with a apple script and now everytime I double click a .mts I can see live video preview 🙂

Here’s the command I’ve put in my bash script:

mplayer -vf scale=960:540,lavcdeint -framedrop -vfm ffmpeg -lavdopts lowres=2:fast:skiploopfilter=all:threads=8 -vo quartz -fps 59.94 $1

11. Ulf Tilly - November 8, 2008

Hi, you can watch your avchd-clips if you have eyetv installed. No converting is needed.

Ulf Tilly

12. area51 - December 5, 2008

I was unable to view my .mts files from my HG20 using EyeTV 2.5.3.

13. RA of the Sun - February 20, 2009

I have a Vixia HF10 and have been using Final Cut to import video using the Log and Transfer or VoltaicHD to convert my raw .MTS files…After reading this article, however, I am switching to Toast to handle my capture and conversion needs. Not only is it lightning fast, but it doesn’t try to de-interlace progressive footage like VoltaicHD does…Toast…it’s worth the purchase!

14. Lynn LU - May 11, 2009

Thanks for sharing!
Also want to share with HD camcorders fans !
What is MTS file?How to burn MTS files from HD camcorders to DVD on Mac ?

15. Bobby Baran - July 12, 2009

Help New TO AVCHD and Mac os x 10.4.11 tiger w/ an intel chip. I have a Sony HDR-SR5 Camcorder. I downloaded VLC player. Works great I’m able to view the AVCHD video on my mac from camera. Heres the problem I can’t import the HD video into i movie 08. Shooting standard def video w/camera I came import the video. I am missing something or what. Thanks for you help

16. backupdvdmac - September 3, 2009

I just found some cool guide about how to play MTS on Mac Snow Leopard

Sharing with everyone!

17. Jamie Schnur - December 29, 2009

Confussed!! What are my options? I just got a Canon HF20. I also bought a new MacBook because I found out that my G5 not intel wont help me with the AVCHD files. I have played with Voltaic, RevolverHD, & FlamingoHD. I was able to burn the AVCHD files with Revolver demo to DVD5 no menus or transitions and it looked awesome. I want to be able to everything iMovie does and burn the Full HD movie to DVD5 or 9. Will Toast Titanium do what I want? Can I use a Bluray burner with my mac? I also want to archive my original mts files. AVCHD seems great but a pain to work with on a mac. I imported clips from cam to imovie as full then sent to iDVD after the burn I was unhappy. It was all in SD.

18. Alex - April 11, 2010

if you put a .srt beside your .m2ts and try to open it with Vlc it wont open…..!!! and toast player dosent play with subs… How do I put subs in it???

19. oudinmelanie09 - October 25, 2010

VLC supports for importing AVCHD/MTS video files but it can not work perfectly. Some issues are coming out like out of sync of video and audio.

So I have to refer to another way to convert AVCHD to some common playable video formats, WMV is my perferred. And AVCHD Cnverter I am using is Aunsoft MTS Converter which performs perfectly in converting and editing AVCHD files.

20. Gambit Z - March 11, 2011

You can use adobe premier if you have it, not only will you be able to convert but also it gives you an advantage and edit a little there hope this helps…

21. anne - April 18, 2011

Hopefully someone can help, but if I download the VLC player, will I be able to watch the file if I have a Mac 2006? I appreciate any advice you are able to give!

22. Laura - May 5, 2011

I have a canon fs306 and a panasonic DMC-TZ 10. They both record in avcHD. The point is, that I want to convert these to be able to work with them on iMovie.
But right now, they dont even show up. So I cant convert them.
I have a vlc and a divx already… My iMovie is from 2008 and I have no Snow Lepard.
What shell I do? Will toast do that? I dont want to buy one of these 35$ Converters…

23. applesupportor - December 14, 2011

Just google search Step by Step Guide on How to Import 720p/1080i/1080p AVCHD to iMovie ’11, ’09, ’08?

you will find a simple solution to play avchd on mac, itunes, quicktime and more

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I use Avdshare VideoGo to play avchd on dvd player,
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