Did you double-click the .m2t to see if it plays?
The M2t is a Transport Stream (that is what the T designates), and should be a muxed (Multiplexed Audio & Video) file. To verify, you can run it through G-Spot, or MediaInfo, or play it in VLC Player, MediaPlayer Classic HC, etc.
PS - welcome to the forum.
Oh I get it - it is the actual format. I have no program that recognizes/plays it so that's why I figured it was a temp file. So Windows Media Player can't handle it?
Thanks much for the help.
I found somewhere that changing the extension to mpg will fix it and it did. Can't say that it makes much sense but i'll take it. Thanks guys!!
As MPEG is but a wrapper, and M2t = MPEG 2 Transport Stream, the exact file extension, within the MPEG range, should not make any difference. Now, some players, or editing programs, might be set up to where they do not recognize the M2t extension. That is a limitation of those programs.
Good luck, and glad that changing the file's extension solved your issues.