How to Edit Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS in Windows Movie Maker

Hopefully the below instructions can help you out of troubles importing Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS files to PC Windows Movie Maker editing without quality loss.

Sony Handycam camcorders like Sony HDR-CX360V, HDR-CX220, HDR-PJ230, HDR-PJ380, HDR-PJ650V, HDR-PJ790V, etc are high-end professional camcorders which can capture stunning-quality HD images; they can offer very high quality HD recording at MTS format.

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing tool that enables you to edit your home videos. However, camcorder video such as AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) can’t import to Windows Movie Maker because its supported formats for importing content are as follow:ASF, AVI, WMV, MPEG1, MPEG, MPG, M1V, MP2. So if you try to import Sony Handycam AVCHD to Movie Maker on Windows, you will possibly get a pop wrong codec window. Even though you can import the videos in the Windows Movie Maker timeline on Windows 10 or other Windows operating system, the quality of the video will become choppy sometimes.

In this case, you need to convert Sony HandyCam AVCHD MTS format to Windows Movie Makerfriendly format – WMV. Of course, to do the MTS video conversion, you need a professional app. Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a yet professional Mac MTS to Premiere/Avid Converter tool) is a quick fix for you.

I have no complaints with the software, it’s working great. I purchased the software because the Sony Handycam camcorder I have is an HD and all of the video format is MTS. There is no free software that comes with the camera that allows you to save the file in a format that others can view. I am now able to save it into a different format that I can pull into Windows Movie Maker to create great family movies. If you are running Mac OS X, please turn to the equivalent Mac version entitled Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter Mac.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

The following tutorial guides you how to convert Sony HandyCam AVCHD MTS to wmv for Windows Movie Maker:
1. Import Sony Handycam videos to the software

Once run the Sony Handycam to WMM Converter, you can click “Add Video” button (or “Add from folder”) to load source files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Choose Windows Movie Maker preferred format

Click “Format” pull down list to select HD Video –>WMV HD(*.wmv) on the dropdown menu as output format. Besides, you can also choose Divx HD(*.avi) as output if you have not installed the .wmv codec.

Tip: In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

3. Start Sony Handycam MTS video conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding Sony Handycam MTS to WMV for importing to Windows Movie Maker. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted Sony Handycam files into Movie Maker to do further editing.

Additional Tips:
If you also wanna convert Sony Handycam AVCHD MTS video files on Edius, Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro , iMovie, FCP… you can apply this professional all-in-one tool BrorsoftiMedia Converter for Mac or Brorsoft Video Converter Ultimate for Windows.

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)