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MTA File Extension

Samsung AllShare Metadata Format
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What is MTA file?

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:

  • Chapter information – information about file segments,
  • Start time for each segment in seconds,
  • Frame preview – JPG thumbnail image encoded using base64.

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.

Programs which support MTA file extension

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.

Programs that support MTA file

Windows Windows

Updated: 02/27/2020

How to open file with MTA extension?

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.

Step 1. Get the AllShare

Install software to open MTA file 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.

Step 2. Check the version of AllShare and update if needed

Update software that support file extension MTAYou 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.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MTA files to 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.

Associate software with MTA file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the MTA file and choose Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where AllShare is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MTA files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MTA file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with MTA extension, select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with MTA extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the MTA is not faulty

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.

Check MTA file for viruses
1. Check the MTA file for viruses or malware

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.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

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.

3. Verify whether your account has administrative rights

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.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open AllShare

If the systems has insufficient resources to open MTA files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

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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