Being a powerful media file player, VLC can normally tackle almost all media files you import. However, some users reported that they couldn’t play M2TS videos on VLC. Don’t worry. This post will explain the reasons for M2TS VLC playback issues and offer you the handiest way to convert M2TS files for smooth playback on VLC and other devices and players. Just keep reading!
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Carina Carina | Updated on July 14, 2023

Part 1. What’s M2TS Files and How to Play M2TS with VLC

M2TS is a video file format based on the MPEG transport stream and the popular BDAV MPEG-2 transport stream, which is used for multiplexing audio, video, and other streams. You can mostly find this file format in Blu-ray discs and AVCHD high-definition videos.

To play M2TS files with VLC Media Player, you need to:

Step 1. Download VLC from its official site ( and then launch it on your PC.
Step 2. Click “Media” on the top menu bar, and then choose “Open File”.
Step 3. Select your M2TS video and click “Open”. Then VLC will immediately start playing your M2TS video.


Tips: You can also directly locate the M2TS file you want to play on your computer and then right-click on it. Choose “Open with” and find the VLC media player option to play it.

Part 2. Possible Reasons for VLC Can’t Play M2TS

Follow the instructions stated in Part 1, and you can then play your M2TS files on VLC. However, some M2TS files cannot be played on VLC successfully. There are three probable reasons why M2TS won’t play on VLC.

Reason 1: Your M2TS files are saved on a Blu-ray disc. If you received the message “Blu-Ray error: This Blu-Ray disc needs a library for AACS decoding, and your system does not have it," then the problem arises from the disc error. And you need to download a library for AACS decoding to play your M2TS videos on VLC smoothly.

Reason 2: As stated before, the M2TS file is a kind of high-definition file that needs excellent graphics and a better RAM size for video playback. You can check your system configuration to see whether your graphics or RAM meets the requirements or not.

Reason 3: If you cannot play M2TS files, the lack of a proper codec may also be one of the reasons. And you need to download a comprehensive codec pack for VLC.

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Part 3. Convert M2TS to MP4 Using VLC

Considering the possible reasons for M2TS file VLC playback issues, the most efficient solution is to convert M2TS to some common formats for playback. It just so happens that VLC can also act as a video converter to convert M2TS to MP4. Just follow the steps below to convert M2TS files now.

Step 1. Launch VLC Media Player and navigate to “Menu” > “Convert/Save” to open the “Open Media” window.
Step 2. Click the “+ Add” button to import one or more M2TS files and then press the bottom “Convert/Save” button to enter the “Convert” window.

Convert M2TS to MP4 Using VLC

Step 3. Select one option (recommend MP4) from the “Profile” drop-down list.
Step 4. Click “Browse” to specify an output folder and press “Start” to begin the conversion process.
Note: If you import multiple files simultaneously, then VLC will automatically save the converted files in the original folder. You can tick off the “Append ‘-converted’ to filename” box to distinguish them.

VLC Convert M2TS to MP4

Then you can play your M2TS video on VLC media player without issues.

Although VLC can convert unsupported files to a more compatible format by itself, there are still some unexpected errors during or after the conversion. For example, not converting full videos, converted files have no audio, etc. So this post also provides an alternative for VLC M2TS playback and conversion.

Part 4. Best Alternative to VLC M2TS Conversion and Playback

In this case, VLC may cause some unexpected errors during the conversion, while WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a professional video and audio processing tool that can be the best assistant to VLC. With it, you can easily convert M2TS and almost any other unsupported file to common formats for VLC playback. You can even use this program to convert your M2TS videos to device-specific formats like Android, iPhone, Apple TV, Chromebook, Sony TV, Samsung TV, etc. This tool also enables you to do some basic edits to video and audio, compress video size, and so forth. Moreover, it can even act as a simple video player that enables you to play M2TS files straightly.

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Step-by-step Guide on How to Convert and Play M2TS Files

Step 1. Import M2TS Files into the Program

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro after downloading and installing it. Then enter its Converter module and click the "+ Add Files" or “Add Video Folder” button to import your M2TS files. You can also directly drag the source files and drop them into the workspace.

Import M2TS Files

Step 2. Play M2TS Videos and Select the Output Format

Move the mouse cursor over the video thumbnail and click it to enter the WonderFox Video Player. You can maximize the screen to better enjoy the video.

Click the format image on the right side of the interface to open the output format library. Here, you can click the “Video” tab to choose a preferred format type or go to the “Device” tab to choose a specific device format.

Optional: Enter the Parameter settings window, and here you can customize the video resolution, aspect ratio, bitrate, volume, and so forth for a better viewing experience.

Play M2TS and Convert

Step 3. Start Conversion and Export Files

Set an output destination by clicking the bottom inverted triangle button, or just leave it as default. Then press "Run" to start the conversion. Depending on the file size, you can batch convert the files in several seconds to minutes simultaneously with hardware acceleration. After finishing the conversion, you can then play M2TS VLC or on other devices.

Start Conversion

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Final Words

Now, you have already known how to play M2TS file VLC. Simply put, converting the video formats with a professional video converter can be the most efficient solution to solve the VLC M2TS playback issues. If you encountered other video & audio incompatibility issues, this program can also do you a favor. DownloadDownload it now!

Also Read: Premiere Pro MTS/M2TS | Windows Media Plyer MTS | AVCHD DaVinci Resolve

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