MTS to MP4 converter

Following my previous post about iMovie and MTS I always had random trouble with my converter failing/hanging with some  MTS files. And when repeated for the same file – no problems. This way I couldn’t just set the converter to work with tens of files and go for a coffee – I always had to look for hangs and stop the process only to restart it again.

And after I had problems with QuickTime refusing to open the new .mov files and iMovie having no sound, I thought it to be prime time to revisit the script.


Below is the updated version of the converter script, which:

  • preserves original video dates
  • I thought that maybe the hanging of the Finder service was due to error output from the script. Redirecting output to /dev/null sure enough got rid of that problem.
  • also the Growl notification is a bit more informative.

Return of the MP4

As stated in the previous post, I first tried with MP4, but only to save on CPU cycles needed to convert AC-3 to AAC, reverted to MOV container. Now, as I had problems with audio, I decided that the converting overhead is small compared to better compatibility and wide spread support for MP4 files, which I could use even as-is after converting.

So I also created a new Finder service, which now converts a whole batch of files without any problems.

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The script

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