The M2TS format is used for compressing video data onto Blu-ray discs. They can essentially be distributed and opened as individual video files since M2TS files contain an MPEG-2 video codec. They are so highly specialised, M2TS files are not widely supported by desktop video applications. VideoLAN VLC media player can open M2TS files but Microsoft's Windows Media Player does not support playback for the format. It is possible to stream an M2TS file's media through the Windows Media Player. The video needs to be converted into a compatible format before it can be loaded into the application.
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Use a file conversion utility to convert the M2TS file into another digital video format that is supported by Windows Media Player. The Microsoft application supports playback for WMV, AVI, MPG or VOB video files. Programs that can be used to convert M2TS input files include Aura Video Converter, AVS Video Converter and Emicsoft M2TS Converter.
Download and install Windows Media Player. The free application can be obtained directly from the Microsoft product website.
Launch Windows Media Player. Go to "File" on the program menu and select "Open." Search for the Windows Media Player-compatible video file in the file selection window. Double-click the item and it will be loaded into the application.
Control playback of the video file with the commands on the control bar. The interface can be used to play, pause, stop, fast forward or rewind the clip. There is also a slide bar to the set the volume level. The video can also be expanded to the size of the screen by clicking the full-screen button.
Close Windows Media Player by going to "File" and selecting "Exit."
Tips and warnings
- Aura Video Converter is a free file conversion program that supports M2TS as an input format. But AVS Video Converter and Emicsoft M2TS Converter can only be used to convert M2TS file for free during a limited trial period.
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