How to Play TS File in VLC

Published on by Chris King

VLC unable to play TS files? VLC always stutter when playing TS movie? Read this article to get the solution.

How to Play TS File in VLC

I have a file that ends in .ts and have heard VLC can play this file type. However, I have no luck. The .ts file fail to open in VLC - the program hangs, using CPU, but doesn't even get as far as displaying the playing time of the file...

Digging around the net, I found something useful tips. TS, known as Transport Stream, is a container and not a format. Like Matroska (MKV), you can put almost anything in a TS container, so just don't expect any player including VLC to play it! You may wish to considering converting TS to MP4 or AVI, which can be easily played in VLC.

Brorsoft Video Converter is the utility for you. With it, you can fast convert TS to AVI that can be easily played in VLC. If you are Mac users, please turn to the equivalent Mac version named Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to transcode .ts files to VLC on Mac OS X (Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite included).

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Transcoding TS to AVI for VLC player:

This guide uses Video Converter Windows (Windows 10 included) version screenshots. The way to change TS for VLC on Mac is almost the same. Just make sure you get the right version according to your computer operating system.

Step 1: Install and launch this best TS file converter; click the Add button to import the .TS files to the converter.

Step 2: Click Format bar to choose output format and you can choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats. Here we choose “HD Video -> AVI HD Video (*.avi)” as example, which is supported by nearly all player and portable devices.

Step 3: You can adjust the parameters by clicking "settings" button, choose the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you want.

Step 4: Click Convert button to start encoding TS files to VLC media player.

After the conversion, tap the Open icon in the main interface and you can locate the converted files there. Just add the files to your VLC, and you can play the converted TS video on VLC easily without any issues.

Editor's Note: As far as I know, in addition to playing video files, VLC can also convert kinds of videos freely. Learn a full guide on how to convert videos using VLC.

Related Guides:
Transcode and Import .TS files to Avid Media Composer
Convert TS files for iMovie editing on Mac
Importing TS File into Final Cut Pro 7/X
How to convert TS files from PVR to MP4 video

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