How To Play A .M2TS File 

This may be surprising to some people, but it is a relatively common occurrence for average computer users to discover a particular file in a folder that they had long forgotten or had never opened before and not know exactly what file it is or how to open it.

by tracy monroe Thursday, April 14, 2011
This may be surprising to some people, but it is a relatively common occurrence for average computer users to discover a particular file in a folder that they had long forgotten or had never opened before and not know exactly what file it is or how to open it. Take the .M2TS file. Very few people are familiar with this type of file and even those who know what it is are not very likely to know how to open M2TS file.

One reason for this is that Windows, in an attempt to create a user-friendly experience, removes the need in most cases for people to identify the particular files that they need, and you simply have to search for the files that you want to work with from within whatever program you are using. You do not need to know, for example, that the .DOC at the end of a file indicates a file that is opened using Microsoft Word, when you can simply start up Microsoft Word, hit the “File” option, then select “Open”, and choose the file you need according to the name that you gave it. If you encounter a .M2TS file on your computer and you are at a complete loss as to which program is able to open M2TS file formats, however, then you will need to learn something about file extensions.

The .M2TS file extension is actually a short form for the BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream, which in turn contains short forms in the form of BDAV, which indicates that the file contains Blu-Ray Disc Audio Video information, and MPEG-2, which is a standard for the generic coding of moving pictures and audio information. Thus, the .M2TS file extension identifies the file as being a movie that has been filmed and recorded in the high-definition Blu-Ray format.

For those who are unfamiliar with the term “Blu-Ray”, it is a type of disc format that was meant to supersede the DVD. Blu-Ray Discs have an advantage over regular DVDs because they can store much more information on a single disc, up to 500 gigabytes worth, whereas regular DVDs are only able to store 3.47 gigabytes worth of digital information. This allows Blu-Ray Discs to hold high-definition that movies that number in the hundreds of gigabytes – a feat that would have been impossible with the regular DVD format. With the increasing resolution and quality of television screens, Blu-Ray Discs have become popular among those who are particularly enthusiastic about having an extremely clear picture on their televisions.

Sony was the first company to develop and market Blu-Ray Disc technology, and if you have a file on your computer with the .M2TS file extension, then it probably means that you have either recorded a video using a Blu-Ray capable Sony camcorder or received a file from someone who did. In either case, you will need specialized software able to open M2TS file formats, which usually means the software that was distributed alongside the Sony camcorder. Failing that, there are commercial solutions that will allow you to open M2TS file and edit them. One such software that can be used to open M2TS file is Adobe Premiere Pro, although you should expect to pay a premium to obtain such software.

If you are boggled by the .M2TS file on your computer and you haven’t the faintest idea what programs are able to open M2TS file formats, then you are definitely in need of the help that you will find on the DotWhat.net website!

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