How can I edit Properties of .mts video files in File Explorer?

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  1. Posts : 6
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    How can I edit Properties of .mts video files in File Explorer?


    I am able to edit Properties of a .jpeg file while in File Explorer. I right click on a .jpeg file and am able to type information into some of the fields in the Details tab.
    When I try to do the same thing to a .mts video file, I can't get a cursor in any of the fields that would be editable if it was a .jpeg file.
    I use my computer a lot. But I'm not a coder. I know nothing about command line or editing the registry.
    I Googled a lot looking for an answer.
    I apologize if this is the wrong place to ask this question. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide!...Loki the Dog
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, see similar thread here on mkv files.
    How to add details to mkv files for explorer? - Windows 10 Forums

    I don't have any mts files, so can't comment further, I'm afraid. Can you upload a small one?

    Some insight into explorer and metadata access in later versions of Windows here:
    File Metadata - Home

    User comment:
    This is amazing, 1. It is easy to use 2. It fixed and edit metadata on unsupported files (ie. .Dwg, .Txt, .skp) 3. The metadata ... (more)
    - but it can't do that for file types which intrinsically don't provide metadata features of course.


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  3. Posts : 6
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    Thanks dalchina! Sure, here's a small .mts video file:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0...zFEVDlUX2xVRTg
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  4. Ditendra's Avatar
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    So this is more related to mkv not windows as I see? Is there possibility to contact mkv creators and ask for a suggestion to add year tag to mkv files?
    P.S. Oops wrong thread, thought I was posting in my thread.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    Loki the Dog said:
    I am able to edit Properties of a .jpeg file,,, When I try to do the same thing to a .mts video file, I can't get a cursor in any of the fields that would be editable if it was a .jpeg file.
    It appears that for the AVCHD/.mts format there's no provision for metadata in the video file itself...

    I can add/edit metadata to AVCHD video files in Premiere. It is stored in a sidecar .XMP file alongside the file itself. I can add/edit metadata to AVCHD video files in Prelude ... It is stored in the same sidecar .XMP file... Bridge does not detect these as AVCHD files, it instead sees them as raw MTS files which cannot have metadata.
    https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1012490
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  6. Posts : 6
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    Thanks, Bree! Yeah, I was starting to get that feeling. Microsoft and others give the impression to newbies that you can just tag your files and that you don't have to depend on folder structure anymore. What they don't say is that it doesn't always work, such as in this case.
    I don't think I'm gonna get into "sidecar" files or a lot of new software. I think I'm just gonna shoot in .mp4 and accept lower video quality.
    So I won't say that this question is solved. But I can say that as far as I'm concerned, it's closed. Thank you, my friend!...JP
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  7. Bree's Avatar
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    Loki the Dog said:
    I think I'm just gonna shoot in .mp4 and accept lower video quality.
    The quality of .mp4 can be as good (or as bad) as you want. It all depends on the parameters you choose. Investigate Constant Rate Factor (CRF) - a CRF of 0 is effectively lossless (but makes for insanely large files).

    The Constant Rate Factor (CRF) is the default quality (and rate control) setting for the x264 and x265 encoders. You can set the values between 0 and 51, where lower values would result in better quality, at the expense of higher file sizes. Higher values mean more compression, but at some point you will notice the quality degradation.
    For x264, sane values are between 18 and 28.
    http://slhck.info/video/2017/02/24/crf-guide.html

    You can also specify the amount of time spent encoding each frame, from 'ultrafast' down to 'veryslow'. The more time you allow, the better the apparent quality (and the smaller the file) for a given crf.

    For all my format conversion and encoding I use FFmpeg. Typically I use a crf of 28 with the slowest possible processing to achieve near-broadcast quality with a small file size.
    https://ffmpeg.org/about.html
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  8. Posts : 6
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    Ah, thanks again. That may turn out to help me sometime in the future, though I don't know the terminology enough to have any idea what you are discussing now.
    I think I need a very basic education in all this. Can you suggest a book or an online tutorial on the fundamentals of the terminology and how all this works? People use words like encoders and codecs. I have no idea what they are talking about. Should I just jump into Premiere Elements to learn this? If I was to get a consumer program like that, would I just be avoiding the task of learning the basics?
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  9. Bree's Avatar
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    This seems as good a guide to the terminology as any...

    https://www.missingremote.com/guide/...ners-filetypes
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  10. Posts : 6
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    Thanks, Bree! I'll give it a try. But I think I need something even more basic than that. But thanks....JP
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