Tips Importing MTS files into DaVinci Resolve 11

Published on by Chris King

You may find that DaVinci Resolve does not support MTS video format. Thus, MTS files must first be converted into a supported video file type before DaVinci Resolve can import them. Below is the how to.

(Updated 22 July, 2016)

Tips Importing MTS files into DaVinci Resolve 11

"So, I have a few .MTS files that I am trying to edit in Resolve but as I have read here at the Creativecow forum and also on the official site these files are not supported by DaVinci Resolve 11. Any workaround for me?"

In fact, there is hardly anything DaVinci Resolve doesn’t support. It is completely geared towards any kind of workflow, be it cinema-based, television-based or internet-based. So, can we work with AVCHD-files *.mts in DaVinci Resolve directly? The answer is NO. Although DaVinci Resolve supports a wide range of file formats, AVCHD .MTS is not supported unless it’s wrapped in MOV container. In this page, I will give you a workaround to import MTS into DaVinci Resolve 11 for editing beautifully.

Since DaVinci Resolve doesn’t like the MTS file type, in order to edit MTS video files in DaVinci Resolve 11, you need to convert MTS to Resolve 11 supported video formats such as QuickTime, ProRes, DNxHD first. To finish the task, you can use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter, the best video converter that can help you transcode AVCHD .mts to DaVinci Resolve compatible video with original quality. Besides, this software can also transcode MTS files for editing in Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc NLEs. If you are running on Mac, please get MTS/M2TS converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the steps to convert your MTS videos to DaVinci Resolve 11.

Steps to convert MTS videos to DaVinci Resolve acceptable format

1. Import MTS files

Run the AVCHD MTS Coverer; click the Add button to load AVCHD .mts/.m2ts files to the program from your computer or camcorder. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.

2. Choose output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov) as output format.  It is an ideal editing format for Resolve. Of course, you can also click "Common Video" > "MOV - QuickTime (*.MOV)" as the target format.

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

3. Start conversion

Simply click the Convert button to start converting MTS to DaVinci Resolve friendly video formats. Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the “Open” button. And then you can import the converted files to DaVinci Resolve 11 as well as Resolve 9/10/12 easily.

Additonal Tips:
The versatile MTS to DaVinci Resolve converter is not only designed for converting MTS files for Resolve. It is also professional in making AVCHD files editable in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, After Effects, Magix Movie Editor Pro, Pinnacle Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector, etc to meet your different needs.

Related Guides:
Convert .MTS to ProRes on Mac Mavericks for FCP users
Convert MTS to AIC MOV for iMovie on Mac(Yosemite)
Converting MTS to iTunes friendly MP4/MOV format

Comment on this post

Matt 04/29/2015 13:37


I had my wedding video files shot on a Canon C100 in MTS format and they actually imported into Da Vinci Resolve no problems. However, there is 1 file that doesn't import. It is the exact same as all the others but is the second part of a split file. After converting this file and importing it into Resolve, it worked ok, but the conversion affected the colour of the clip. Now I'm a little stuck with a shot that flawlessly cuts into the converted file but then switches to a darker shot as it's been converted. Any Idea how I can convert but keep the original look? Thanks in advance!

Chris King 04/30/2015 02:47

You can try to adjust the clip color including brightness, contrast, saturation by clicking Edit > Effect of the software to fit your demand. Hope it helps.