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How to convert AVCHD to MP4 with Movavi Video Converter
Step 1. Install Movavi Video Converter
Open the downloaded installation file and follow the instructions on your computer screen to install the video encoder software.
Step 2. Add the files for conversion
First, connect the AVCHD camera to your computer. Click the Add Media button and select Add Video. Now open the folder containing the files you want to convert, and add those files to the program.
Step 3. Select an output format
Open the Video tab, click the MP4 category, and choose the desired preset from the list. To create an MP4 video for a specific mobile device, open the Devices tab and select the preset for the target device.
Step 4. Edit your AVCHD file (optional)
Click the Edit button on the right to open the editing windows. Here you can crop and rotate your video, add effects, and adjust the color parameters. You can also cut out unwanted fragments, stabilize your video, and add a watermark. When you’ve done the editing, click Save and Close.
Step 5. Start the conversion from AVCHD to MP4
By default, the converted files will be saved to the Movavi Library folder. You can continue with this folder or choose a different one by clicking the Save to button. Now all the required settings have been specified, so you can start converting AVCHD to MP4. Click Convert to launch the conversion; on completion, the folder containing the converted videos will open automatically.
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AVCHD vs. MP4 – comparing the formats
H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, HEVC/MPEG-H Part 2/H.265, MPEG-2 Part 2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.263, VC-1, Dirac, others
Dolby Digital AC-3
MPEG-2/4 (HE)-AAC, MPEG-1/2 Layers I, II, III (MP3), AC-3, Apple Lossless, ALS, SLS, others
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Frequently asked questions
▶️ What is AVCHD?
Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) is a video format invented by Canon, Panasonic, and Sony. The intention was to create the most efficient codec for recording videos, and many camcorders now use AVCHD format to store videos that they record. AVCHD can compress information into very small file sizes, making it ideal for storing information on smaller personal video cameras while maintaining high definition quality. Blu-ray supports AVCHD video as well, which also takes advantage of smaller file sizes to deliver high-quality video, meaning it can be very easy to create Blu-Ray discs from your AVCHD cameras. These files are saved on camcorders as MTS files, but once moved to another device, they become M2TS files, which are the specific type of AVCHD file that plays on a Blu-ray.
▶️ How do I play AVCHD?
While there are a number of ways to play an AVCHD video, one of the easiest and most accessible is using a free AVCHD player like VLC. It is a powerful converter as well as an amazing tool for playing many file formats, including AVCHD. To play an AVCHD file in VLC, it's as easy as simply clicking the Media button in the top left, clicking Open file, and browsing for the file you want. No conversion or editing necessary.
▶️ Which format is better – AVCHD or MP4?
It depends on what you need your file for. AVCHD has better video quality, but the file size is relatively large and format support is limited. MP4 has better compression, smaller file size, and is supported by almost every device.
▶️ How do I convert AVCHD to MP4 on a Mac?
To change file format from AVCHD to MP4, consider using Movavi Video Converter. The app is compatible with macOS 10.10 or higher. Here’s how to use Movavi’s AVCHD converter for Mac:
Download and install the program.
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Add your AVCHD files to the program: click Add Media, choose Add Video, and select the files you want to convert. Hit Open.
Go to the Video tab and find the MP4 group of presets. Choose the one that suits you best. Click Convert. You’re done!
▶️ Can I upload an AVCHD to YouTube?
While some AVCHD may successfully upload to YouTube, many times you'll find problems uploading AVCHD to YouTube. YouTube uses the WEBM format for streaming, and sometimes you may encounter problems when uploading AVCHD to YouTube. Whether you choose to use AVCHD or MP4 for YouTube uploads, having a converter handy in case of problems will be a good idea. Typically, the MP4 format will upload cleanly, but you can also use many of the above options to convert directly to WebM.
▶️ Can I import AVCHD files into iMovie?
Yes, you can. AVCHD is among the iMovie-supported video formats, at least for macOS Mojave and Catalina. However, MP4 or MOV might work better and, to be sure your video will play correctly, consider converting the files to one of these formats.
▶️ How do I transfer AVCHD files to my iPhone?
To watch AVCHD files on your iPhone, convert them to a more device-friendly format. Movavi Video Converter can help you! Download and launch the program, and add your files by dragging them to the program window (you can also click Add Media, then Add Video). At the bottom, switch to the Devices tab. In the Apple group of presets, find your iPhone’s model and click on it. Then hit Convert.
To read a detailed guide on how to adapt AVCHD files for your iPhone, follow the link below:
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