What is an MPL File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert MPL Files

Picture of the MPL file icon

A file with the MPL file extension is an AVCHD Playlist file. As playlist files, they're not the actual recordings made with your camcorder or other video recording device. It's just a reference to the actual videos, which are probably the .MTS files you should also see.

The MPL file format is also used for MPL2 Subtitles files. These are text files that contain subtitles for media players to display during video playback.

A Hotsauce Graphics file is a less common format that uses the MPL extension.

How To Open an MPL File

MPL files saved as playlist files can be opened with Roxio Creator and CyberLink PowerDVD products, as well as for free with MPC-HC. Since the format is in XML, you should be able to use a text editor to see the file paths of where the media files are located.

Tip: MPL files are typically stored on the device under the \AVCHD\BDMV\PLAYLIST\ folder.

While text editors like Notepad++ can open MPL2 Subtitles files to read the subtitles manually, the more practical use is in programs like VLC, MPC-HC, or BS.Player so that they're displayed along with a corresponding video.

Note: If your file isn't opening using the suggestions from above, you might be dealing with a file of a different format that just looks like an .MPL file, like WPL (Windows Media Player Playlist).

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the MPL file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open MPL files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert an MPL File

Since AVCHD Playlist files don't actually contain any media files, you can't convert an MPL directly to MP3, MP4, WMV, or any other audio or video format. If you're wanting to convert the actual media files to a different format, you can open the MTS files (or whatever format the media files are in) with one of these free file converters.

MPL files used for subtitles can be converted to SRT (a SubRip Subtitle file) using To SRT Converter.

More Help With MPL Files

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