How to Convert a Video TS to an MP4

by Andrew Schrader
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Video TS files, along with audio TS files, are the two main folders in a DVD's contents. They contain several file types, including VOBs--which are the main contents of MPEG-2 encoded DVDs. Since MP4s (MPEG-4s) are another MPEG standard, it is not difficult to open video TS folders and re-encode them as MP4s using a free program called HandBrake. HandBrake specializes in ripping and converting DVD contents, either by importing the entire DVD's contents into the program or by selecting certain sections of the DVD. Although it is not common for users to rip DVD video without the audio, users do have the option of ripping only video.

Step 1

Download and install HandBrake. Agree to the terms of use. Open HandBrake.

Step 2

Insert your DVD into your computer. HandBrake should recognize it automatically. If not, click the "Source" icon at the top of your toolbar and locate it using the finder window. If your video TS files are already on your computer, click "Source" and locate your video TS folder contents using the pop-up menu. Open in HandBrake.

Step 3

Choose which chapters you want converted. Click "Browse" under the "Destination" heading to choose your output file's destination after conversion.

Step 4

Click the "Presets" or "Toggle Presets" button on the right-hand side of your screen. Choose a preset option. For MP4 video, choose one of the "iPod" settings, as these are encoded as MP4s.

Click "Start" to begin the conversion process. This can take several minutes to several hours, depending on your files' sizes.


  • Please note that converting DVD contents to MP4 may result in loss of audio/video quality, due to the files' compression standards.


  • Try adjusting your average bitrate settings in the HandBrake main window. Upping your bitrate will result in higher quality and a larger file size.


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About the Author

Andrew Schrader has been a professional writer and filmmaker since 2004. He works as a writer and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in film and media studies from UC Santa Barbara. Schrader specializes in writing about technology and computer software.

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