What is .m2ts files?
The .m2ts is a filename extension used for the BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream container file format. It is used for multiplexing audio, video and other streams. It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream container. This container format is commonly used for high definition video on Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD.
Steps to Play M2TS files with VLC
A lot of tests show that VLC Media Player could playback a bunch of M2TS files, the main reason is that VLC supports H.264 video and AC3 audio directly without needing DirectShow filters, you can easily get M2TS files played on VLC by following the steps below:
Step 1: Launch VLC media player on your computer.
Step 2: Click “File” and click the “Open File” option.
Step 3: Now, click the Browse button next to the first white line at the top of the window with title “Open..” and navigate through your harddrive for the M2TS file you wish to listen to and select it. After you have selected the file, click OK and VLC will start playing the M2TS video you chose.
Problems when playing certain M2TS files with VLC
But people still run into some problems with several M2TS files when playing them with VLC. Sometimes, they may receive the error which can be in the form of the “Blu-ray error” This Blu-ray disc need a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it”, which proves that the lack of the library for AACS Decoding is essential for the system to play M2TS files.
What’s more, as high definition files, the playback of M2TS files also need good graphics and better RAM. Sometimes, the configuration of your computer may not powerful enough to handle M2TS files. Another reason that VLC media player fail to playback M2TS files can due to the lacks of proper codec to play the codecs which are used to encode the M2TS files.
Best VLC assistant to play M2TS files
To get all M2TS files from different sources played on VLC media player, we highly recommend you to download a VLC assistant such as Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. As a cross platform application, it is available on both Windows and Mac platform (get Mac version). It has full importing support for various different types of M2TS files such as M2TS files from Blu-ray disc encoded with AACS protection or M2TS files shot with Sony cameras. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can batch import multiple M2TS files into the application for conversion at one time to save your precious time.
With this powerful yet simple to use application, you can easily convert M2TS files to VLC media player much compatible playback file formats such as H.264 HD or other digital file formats. To get better output file quality, feel free to adjust output profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like in the “Profile Settings” window of the program.
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Step by Step to Convert M2TS Files for VLC Playback.
Step 1: Load M2TS files.
Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import M2TS files ripped from Blu-ray disc or shot with Sony camera into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of VLC media player best supported digital file formats “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category, you can also choose other formats according to your own needs.
Step 3: Customize output profile settings.
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly adjust the output profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
Step 4: Step 4: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from M2TS to VLC best compatible file formats conversion process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you can smoothly view converted M2TS files on VLC media player.