Newbie video person here, having loads of trouble. I have some video files in .mts that I would like to edit in Windows Movie Maker (or, if I must, in iMovie) and then publish on YouTube or Vimeo. I need to convert them first, since they won't import correctly into either program. What free program do I use to do that, and what should I convert them into to make the editing and then uploading as pain-free as possible?
I've been fiddling with this stuff for days. I searched the archives, found several threads
along these lines
, and downloaded several converters.
The best of them converted the videos but didn't attach the audio right. The worst came with a virus that had me spending the rest of the night trying to system restore, realizing it had corrupted my hard drive so that I couldn't system restore, and then trying fix the corruption. It took about four hours, but I managed to system restore back to a working computer.
I obviously got rid of all the software and don't remember which of the four or five converters I downloaded did what, but I did try Super, Any Video Convertor (sp?), and Format Factory amongst some others. So please don't recommend those again.
I have a Dell laptop and would prefer to use it to edit and publish, and thus would use MovieMaker.
I am not that familiar with Macs, but if you guys think I really need to, I can use a Mac/iMovie to edit and publish... HOWEVER, it would be a school Mac so I would have to be able to use only existing software already on the Mac to both edit and publish (as they block admin rights).
Either way I need to convert them on my own computer, first. Because I can't download anything onto a school computer to convert, and they don't have anything on there that can do it.
So... what reputable, virus-free but also free $ software can convert .mts files, and what do I convert them to? .wmv? .mp4? .mov? I want to convert them just once and then be able to edit and publish without converting, again, to publish.