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Access AVCHD .mts files System 10.8
In Mountain Lion, movies are now locked into Quicktime so the folder structure containing your .mts movie files on SD cards and devices is now all hidden under a file called PRIVATE. To get to the files, hold down the Control key and click on the PRIVATE file. In the popup menu, select Show Contents and repeat through the files until you reach your original .mts files, which can then be dragged to the desktop.

[kirkmc adds: I have to plead ignorance here. I don't have anything that puts movies on SD cards, so if others could confirm this I'd be grateful.]
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Access AVCHD .mts files
Authored by: WesRoberts on Aug 17, '12 10:35:40PM

This worked perfectly for me! Thanks!



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Access AVCHD .mts files
Authored by: nigbo on Aug 18, '12 10:09:47AM

Yes indeed: it works: first file "PRIVATE", second "AVCHD", third "BMDV", then you have the open folder structure: "STREAM" contains the MPEG stream files (*.MTS)
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Authored by: weavermis on Jul 13, '13 10:35:23PM

When I opened up the STREAM file there was nothing listed. How do I get the .mts files to show? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Access AVCHD .mts files
Authored by: jolipoli on Aug 18, '12 07:01:45PM

Bottom line: use QuickTime to quickly view these files, leave them alone if you will be importing them into iMovie/ FCP.


More detail: If you use Finder's "Show Contents" of the "Private" file (which is acting as a folder, apparently a folder with attributes ::grin::), it gets you to another file (which is also a folder) that is called "AVCHD". That is the same folder that looks like a file that you will get from the internal flash drive of the video camera (or at least the Canons I use- internal flash drive delivers an AVCHD, SD card has that AVCHD file in the Private file). If you double-click on either "Private" or "AVCHD" in Mountain Lion, you will get an "open" dialog in QuickTime Player (10.2) which allows you to select any clip from push-to-record to push-to-stop. If there is only one continous clip in the AVCHD folder, it will open that one video in the player.

One thing you can now do with QuickTime is to export the videos directly, and you can choose several different options for your new movie files. I suggest only doing this if the plan is quickly convert to share a video. If you want to import into FCP or iMovie, you'll want to leave the AVCHD "file" intact- to import these into FCP X, it is best to have each AVCHD in its own folder (I name it for the event and or the time of the event) and you select that folder, not the AVCHD file in it to import it.

If you've read any FCP or iMovie forums, you'll know you do not want to remove these .mts files from their nests in these folders. The forums are full of people begging to find a way to get them back into the structure of the AVCHD folders so that they can import them into their projects easily and coherently. There are workarounds, but Apple's software does not expect you to have removed the .mts files, it expects to find the structure as the camera contains it after the shoot is completed.

Thanks for pointing out this new function, but it takes the reader in the wrong direction based on my experience. Just because you can drag the .mts files out does not mean you want to or should.



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Authored by: doneitner on Aug 18, '12 07:10:25PM

Please explain what "locked into Quicktime" means. Is it no longer possible to set video files to always open with e.g. VLC or MPlayerX?



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Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 19, '12 04:53:19PM
I can set movies to open with any application that will play them. I don't know what that means either. .
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Edited on Aug 19, '12 04:53:54PM by DavidRavenMoon


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Authored by: llee on Nov 12, '12 09:11:41AM
If it's interpreted by the system to be a document, you should be able to tell the OS what application to use to open it. I wrote an AppleScript and packaged it with a similar automator service that allows you to choose from a list of video apps that will be associated with an individual media object, and you can download it from my site.

The script includes its own list of apps to be selected, it doesn't just look for what's on your system. That's partly because there's no reason to associate the file with an app unless you already know it understands the file object type that you're telling it to open. I think the reason for the phrase "locked into QuickTime" is that not all video software at your disposal to access the video content may recognize the package type, even though it might be able to interpret the object that the package contains.

Edited on Nov 12, '12 09:14:01AM by llee


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Authored by: glusk on Aug 20, '12 07:39:30AM

I'll take a moment and agree with jolipoli. There are many professional recording formats that use multiple files in a "package". I've run across several computer-savy people that have brought me pieces of these packages complaining that they don't play correctly or they can't edit them properly. MacOS is being helpful by showing these packages as a single file when really they are a folder full of pieces.

This is a great hint to point out that you can easily get in to these packages to get to the actual video and/or audio files. But leave them in their structure if you ever want to import the package in to video editing software.



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Access AVCHD .mts files HELP!
Authored by: Sam Duncan on Jan 12, '13 05:42:34PM

I have a similar situation. I deleted a few AVCHD(hmc150) files from an SD card (I was in a hurry and couldn't sort through them all), and now FCP 7 won't recognize the card in "Log and Transfer"!!! I can still view all but 10 clips when the card's in my camera, and the card shows all the files in a finder window. When I try to create a custom path to these files, I get a message that says, ""MTS files" contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media." ... Do i need to recover these files via recovery software?? (if so, which one? I have Mac OS X 10.7) or can I unzip, convert, repair, these clips otherwise? please help! thank you -Sam



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Access AVCHD .mts files HELP!
Authored by: moamedia on Jan 24, '13 04:06:12PM

You have a couple of options that I know of.

1. you can convert them to Prores with another application that can handle MTS files - I use Adobe Media Encoder.
2. If you replace the files that were deleted with other MTS files of the same name (the same MTS file copied and renamed works) then FCP should be able to process the video in Log and transfer. I just use a small video clip that I shot of a piece of paper with "deleted file" written on it. It happens.



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Access AVCHD .mts files
Authored by: nsherrin on Nov 05, '13 02:01:56AM

Thank you thank you thank you for solving my 'where have my movies gone' headache!!!



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