Archive for January, 2011
It can be tricky, especially on Mac, to trim AVCHD videos (.MTS or .M2TS) without transcoding the videos. Most tools, such as Adobe Premiere, Adobe Media Encoder, Apple Final Cut Pro, and most sharewares, will require to convert before trimming, which is a slow and loss-full process.
On Windows, Canon provides a tool to directly trim .M2TS files without any re-encoding. However, on Mac it is more tricky, and I had to do some digging and spend some $ to accomplish about the same thing.
After much research, I found a way with two softwares:
- ClipWrap ($50): This allow you to convert your .MTS to .MOV without any re-encoding (just a “rewrap” as it is called). In short, it’s super fast (almost as fast a coping the file), completely loss-less, and you can play the new .MOV file with Quicktime.
- MPEG Streamclip (fully free): This free software allow to open video files (.mov, .mp4), trim them, and just save them (without transcoding). Make sure to use the “Save As,” as the “Export…” will do the transcoding. I wish it would support AVCHD format so that we would not need ClipWrap.