How to Convert VIDEO_TS to MPEG-2

Updated July 20, 2017

If you've extracted VIDEO_TS files from DVDs and you'd like to convert the files to MPEG-2, download a free VIDEO_TS conversion program. Converting VIDEO_TS to MPEG-2 allows you to play the video back on your computer as well as burn backup copies any time you need to. MPEG-2-converting software allows you to change the screen resolution and file size of your video for hard drive storage and compatibility with various media players. It also lets you splice or merge clips.

Visit to download the latest version of the free video-converting application. Double-click the set-up file to install Freemake.

Launch Freemake, and click "Video" to find VIDEO_TS files on your computer. Click a VIDEO_TS folder to select it, and click "Add" to load the folder into the converter.

Click the video in the Freemake conversion window, and click the arrow button at the bottom of the screen to scroll to the right. Click "To MPEG" to open the conversion preferences window.

Click the "Profile" menu and choose "MPEG-2" from the drop-down list. Click "Convert" to save a copy of your video in MPEG-2 format.

Visit to download the latest free version of the MPEG-2-converting software. Install the program and launch Any Video Converter.

Click "Add Video." Double-click a VIDEO_TS file to add it to the converter. Check the box next to the file in the conversion window.

Click the "Format" menu in the top right corner of the window. Choose "MPEG" from the drop-down list.

Click the "Video Codec" menu in the "Options" window on the bottom right. Choose "MPEG-2" from the drop-down list. Click "Convert Now."

Visit to download the free video converter. Install Hamster and run the program.

Drag a VIDEO_TS file to the Hamster window. Click the "Device" menu and choose "MPEG-2" from the list. Click "Next."

Click "Convert." Type a name for your MPEG-2 video and choose a location for the file. Click "OK."


When dragging a file from your desktop, choose the VOB file inside the VIDEO TS folder. This file usually has the name "VIDEO_TS_01."

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David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.