Transcode and Import .TS files to Avid Media Composer

Published on by Chris King

Read this guide to learn how to convert and transcode TS file to Avid DNxHD mov videos for further editing with Avid Media Composer without hassle.


TS is short for Transport Stream. TS files are MPEG-2 video files and recordings of television broadcasts in high definition. Many popular movies are in the format of TS. However, TS video format is not so easy for editing tools to recognize and support owing to codec problem. So if you want to edit .ts files in Avid Media Composer, you'd better convert .ts video to Avid editing-friendly format. Here, I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to transcode TS files for editing in Avid MC 8/7/6/5 smoothly.

To do this, a TS file to Avid converter is essential. I've tried a third-party tool MPEG Streamclip, but the application either froze or told me that it couldn't find the first frame of the .ts file. After scanning the web and finally found Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional TS video converter under Mc OS X. With it, I can effortlessly transcode TS files to DNxHD encoded MOV file for smoothly editing in Avid Media Composer 8 with best quality. If you're editing TS movie with Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Express, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it now and learn the step-by-step TS to Avid DNxHD conversion.

PS: If you're running on a PC, please turn to the Windows version here, which can convert TS files to Avid DNxHD in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP without problems.

So, what does the workflow look like?

1) Install and launch the TS to Avid Converter, and then click "Add Video" button to import .ts files.

Tip: if you want to join all the TS files you loaded as a single file, you can tick checkbox "Merge into one file".


2) Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow "Avid Media Composer" > Avid DHxHD (*.mov)".


P.S. This Mac TS to Avid MC Converter can also help users to transcode TS to FCP, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro with the optimal presets including Apple ProRes, Apple InterMediate Codec, MPEG-2...

3) By clicking the Settings icon, you can adjust video and audio parameters like codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, etc., in that way, you can take charge of the size and quality of the output files. In principle, the larger input values, the better output quality, but the corresponding larger file size.

4) As soon as all the above settings are completed, you can press "Convert" button to start conversion. You can follow the conversion process via the pop-up windows.

After conversion is done, simply click "Completed" to back to main interface, and click "Open" button to find generated DNxHD videos. Afterwards, you can transfer the converted TS clips into Avid Media Composer 5/5.5/6/6.5/7/8 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

Read More:
Importing TS File into Final Cut Pro 7/X
How to convert TS files for iMovie editing on Mac
How to convert TS files from PVR to MP4 video

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