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How to Convert, Edit & Play Sony Handycam video files on Mac and Windows

    The article mainly guide you through how to convert Sony Handycam files so that you can edit, play, share or upload your Sony Handycam videos on Mac and Windows with ease.


    The Sony Handycam was the first camcorder released specifically to fit in the palm of the user's hand. Over the years, the Handycam has evolved from using analog formats such as VHS-C and Hi8, to digital solutions such as MiniDV and DVD.

    What's more, owing to its professional capturing ability with 1920*1080 Full HD AVCHD format, the Sony Handycam becomes one of the hottest camcorders on the market.

    However, it is difficult for Mac or Windows users to play and edit the Sony Handycam AVCHD videos due to its high rate compression and special codec.

    "I want to use Windows Movie Maker on my Windows 7 to edit videos from Sony HandyCam camera, but the problem is that I can not deal with the MTS video files. Anyone here can help me?"

    "I have checked carefully that FCP 7 can deal with AVCHD videos. But why I always get the error message? Have you met the same problem? Pls help. PS: the AVCHD video is from my Sony Handycam camcorder.Thank you in advance"

    In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony Handycam compatible with Windows and Mac, the easy workaround is to convert the Sony Handycam files. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony Handycam videos for editing, playing, sharing or uploading in detail. Below is how.

    Guide: How to convert Sony Handycam AVCHD videos on Mac and Windows:

    First of all, free download Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac or Windows:

    download_mac.gif (Note: Click here for OS X 10.5) download_windows.gif

    The MTS/M2TS Converter is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a Sony AVCHD AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly convert Sony Handycam MTS files to MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI etc. videos for different uses, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer's operating system.

    P.S. The quick start guide below uses the MTS/M2TS Mac screenshots.

    Step 1: Install and launch Sony MTS Converter on your Mac. Transfer your footage from your Sony Handcam camcorder to the software.

    Tip: If you want, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.


    Step 2: Click "format" bar to choose the output format. There are many output format for you to choose.

    For Mac User:

    For Windows User:

    Step 3: Tap "Settings" button to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.


    Step 4: Click conversion button to start transcoding Sony Handycam AVCHD videos on Mac & Windows.

    After AVCHD conversion finished , you can click "Open" to find the output file. Then playing and editing Sony Handycam AVCHD files on Mac&Windows becomes easy and smooth.

    1. For your original 1080/60i footages, you need to deinterlace 1080/60i AVCHD footages to remove all these interlacing artifacts from videos via ticking the "Deinterlacing" box in the Video Editor interface.
    2. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.
    3. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
    4. Double click the imputed file, you can preview your footages in the software window.

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    How to edit Sony Handycam files in Windows Movie Maker
    How to Load Sony Handycam AVCHD videos to Mac