Apologies, I've searched, but I need help.
I need to convert MTS files to MP4 or WMV format.
I used to use LoiLoFit for everio, given I have a JVC camcorder.
I have a new laptop and can't find the loilofit CD.
I've tried a few converter programs from online and the quality of the end viewable product is terrible.
Any quality convertion softwares for MTS or advice on how to replace the LoiLoFit software?
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In general, most media formats can be converted to the MKV container without converting (and without losing quality of) the content formats, using MKVtoolnixGUI.
Converting to the MP4 container is also often possible, if the content formats are compatible to this container's constraints. I guess BOX4 may help, or several GUIs for ffmpeg.
A conversion to WMV will most probably require the conversion of the content, which will reduce the quality.
The MTS files from most camcorders can simply be rewrapped as mp4, no conversion necessary. Shutter Encoder is a good ffmpeg front end that has a rewrap function built in.
But the best way to do it really depends on how you are planning to use those "converted" files and whether you have any spanned clips.
If I trim, etc straight from MTS the result is terrible (fractured and jagged), so I used to convert from MTS to WMV via LoiLoFit and then use (old) movie maker, with the final quality not too bad.
Would you recommend Shutter Encoder to get me to a reasonable quality finish.
I just video sports my kids play, but I've been at it for a few years:
Please learn the facts about "interlaced video". Editing them requires both at least basic support by the software and basic understanding by the user. Especially for uploading them to video portals in the internet, it is often advisable to deinterlace the material; but there are several different methods to do that, with different side effects in the result.
Always upload with high quality and a bitrate you can afford waiting for to be transferred. Video portals like YouTube will recode whatever material got uploaded, which will degrade the quality, but may be necessary to optimize the content for streaming through a network with a lower bandwidth. This requires different constraints than watching video from a fast local drive.