FIles with .MTA extension store index multimedia file indexing information for given folder shared via Samsung AllShare service. MTA file allow users to navigate the file during playback, for example, selecting movie chapters. MTA is a plain text file format based on XML standard. Such file can contain:
MTA files are created automatically on given device by AllShare tool. MTA filenames are generated by copying the name of base file and adding .MTA suffix to the file’s original extension. For example, for a file movie.mkv related movie.mkv.mta will be created and saved in the same folder. Samsung AllShare is a multimedia file sharing application that allows users to share data between various devices, including TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, or other network-attached devices tha support DLNA standard. MTA files store data in text format as thus can be opened with a text editor. User can manually create custom chapter files and add them to appropriate media folders.
Below is a table that list programs that support MTA files. Files with MTA suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MTA files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with MTA files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MTA files.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports MTA files installed on the system. The solution to this problem is very simple. Download AllShare and install it on your device. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. The safest method of downloading AllShare installed is by going to developer’s website (Samsung Group) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access MTA files although AllShare is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. The reason that AllShare cannot handle files with MTA may be that the software is outdated. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using AllShare.
After installing AllShare (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MTA files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MTA file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
Should it happed that the MTA is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the MTA file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.
If you obtained the problematic MTA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. If the MTA file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Samsung AllShare Metadata Format file again.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open MTA files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Samsung AllShare Metadata Format file. It may be the case that the MTA files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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