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Part 1: What is TS video format?

Transport stream (TS, TP, MPEG-TS, or M2T) is a communications protocol for audio, video, and data which is specified in MPEG-2 Part 1, Systems (ISO/IEC standard 13818-1). Its design goal is to allow multiplexing of digital video and audio and to synchronize the output. Transport stream offers features for error correction for transportation over unreliable media, and is used in broadcast applications such as DVB and ATSC. It is contrasted with program stream, designed for more reliable media such as DVDs.

TS format is a container format that encapsulates packetized elementary streams and other data.

Important elements of a transport stream: Packet, PID, Programs, Program Specific Information (PSI) , 1 PAT , PMT , PCR , Null packets

Part 2. How to play TS files on Mac?

You need media player to play TS files on Mac OS X:

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, MP3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. It supports Mac, linux, Windows.

Part 3. How to convert TS to MOV, MP4, WMV, MPG, AVI etc, on Mac?

You need a Mac TS Video Converter to convert TS to MP4, FLV, AVI, MOV, etc. on Mac OS X (including 10.6 Snow Leopard). Then you can put them on iPod, iPhone, PSP, Xbox 360, iMovie, other potable players.

Step 1: Download TS Video Converter for Mac
We recommend you HD Video Converter for Mac which can convert TS to MP4, Convert TS to MOV, Convert TS to AVI perfectly. This Mac TS Video Converter also can extract audio from TS and Convert to MP3, AAC, M4A, etc. Compared with other video converters, this TS video converter for Mac provides you with better output quality, more advanced functions and higher conversion speed.

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Step 2: Set the output format and location
Load the TS files you want to convert and choose the output format from the drop-down list of profile "Format". Hit the button "Browse" to select the saving place from your Mac.

Step 3: Start the TS video conversion
Click the "Convert" button to start the TS video conversion on Mac and then you can just go out for a walk or take a nap, and the conversion may have been finished when you come back.

If you want, you can convert TS to MOV, convert TS to MP4 on mac, convert TS to 3GP on mac, convert TS to DIVX on mac, convert TS to WMV on mac, convert TS to M4V on mac, import TS to iMovie, import TS to FCE, import TS to FCP.