Play AVCHD video on Mac OS
Each of the AVCHD camcorders ships with software designed to playback the files on your computer. Sony's HDR-UX5E and the newer HDR-CX7 both record video in the AVCHD format and ship with the Picture Motion Browser, which plays back AVCHD files on most computers. If you purchased one of the Panasonic AVCHD camcorders, the included HD Writer should allow you to playback video recorded with your camcorder. While the bundled applications work, but they all runs for PC. How to play these AVCHD M2TS / TS / MTS files on Mac computer? Here are some alternative free approaches.
Play AVCHD MTS/TS/M2TS on Mac for FREE
VLC Media Player
VLC player is a totally free program that you should already have on your Mac that plays oodles of different video and audio formats, far more than QuickTime and DVD player. It is available for a wide range of operating system, ranging from Linux to Windows, and of course, Mac OS X. Download from here and run this application, choose FILE>OPEN FILE, select you VIDEO_TS folder, and that is OK! You can watch your video now:
Mplayer for Mac
MPlayer OS X is binary distribution of MPlayer (The Movie Player for Linux) and comes with native GUI in Mac OS X. After installation you can simply (by Drag Drop) play almost all 3ivx, DivX 3, 4, 5 and other codecs files in the window or full screen mode. Rendering of very nice antialiased text-based subtitles is also supported. Click the PLAY button and it will beigin to play:
What is TS?
"TS" is the abbreviation of Transport stream. It is a communications protocol for audio, video, and data which is specified in MPEG-2 Part 1, Systems (ISO/IEC standard 13818-1)
What is MTS and what is M2TS?
MTS and M2TS are included by AVCHD video. AVCHD (Audio and Video Compression for High Definition) is a high-definition and standard-definition recording format for use in digital tapeless camcorders.
Hopefully this article will have helped you to play back AVCHD M2TS / MTS / TS files. It is, however, a work in progress as support for AVCHD and Blu-ray becomes more common among media players.