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Since: Dec 08

Houston, TX

#1 Mar 11, 2010
Again, it’s a piece of good news for those camcorder lovers – next month Sony will release its HDRAX2000 pro-sumer camcorder which can capture Full HD video using AVCHD technology. It’s one of the first professional video cameras that records using the AVCHD format. As a Sony camera lover and user, I’d like to share my idea and experience about how to enjoy AVCHD camcorder video on Windows Media Player or Internet.

Part 1: Understanding the AVCHD Camcorder Format

AVHD stands for Advanced Video Codec High Definition. It is a format for the recording and playback of high definition video. AVCHD is a form of video compression that allows the large data files created by HD video recording to be captured and saved on digital media such as hard disk drives and flash memory cards. This format is jointly developed by Panasonic and Sony for use in consumer camcorders.

The AVCHD file extension may be .M2TS,.M2T,.MTS,.TS,.TR,.TP,.T RP,.TOD,.MOD, etc.

Here below is the detailed specification of AVCHD format:

AVCHD Format Specification Overview

Part 2: Troubles you met when you enjoy and share your AVCHD camcorder videos?

To shot and record your moment with AVCHD video is great, but sometimes, you will find it is a little difficult to enjoy and share your AVCHD videos with your friends. You may have encountered the following troubles.

1. You have shot a lot of videos using AVCHD camcorder, and you want to upload these videos to Internet such as Youtube to share with friends, but you can’t figure out how to make it.
2. And you may also find that you would not be able to open your AVCHD camcorder videos on Windows movie maker or media player.

That’s true, the AVCHD format is not accepted by a lot of players, and this kind of format cannot be uploaded to Internet which prevents video sharing. I’ve searched around a lot and find an easiest solution finally. The easiest way is to convert AVCHD to AVI and other common formats.

Why we choose AVI format? As we know that AVI format is one of the most popular formats, which is widely accepted by most of players. And the quality of AVI video is great. For the sake of popularity and compatibility, AVI is regarded as the best choice. Therefore, you only need to convert AVCHD to AVI, and then you can easily share your AVCHD camcorder videos.

Part 3: Step-by-step guide: How to convert AVCHD to AVI?

Step 1 Get AVCHD videos from AVCHD Camcorder to PC

Connect the AVCHD Camcorder to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected and powered on, the camcorder should appear on the desktop as a new disk. It is desirable that you copy the videos to your PC’s hard-drive before converting or editing it.

Step 2: Free download Wondershare AVCHD to AVI Converter, install and run it.

Step 3: Load AVCHD camcorder videos
Click “Add Video” or just drag & drop your AVCHD camcorder videos to the file list directly, you can easily add AVCHD camcorder videos.

Step 4: Select AVI as output format
Select AVI as output format from the categorized output formats list in “Profile” drop-down list and specify the output directory to save your converted files in “Output” drop-down list.

Step 5: Start to convert AVCHD to AVI
After everything is done, hit “Start” button to convert AVCHD to AVI. And all the tasks will be done at fast speed and high quality. The conversion speed often depends on the original video size and your PC configuration. And the output quality is great.

After converting AVCHD to AVI, now you can upload these AVI videos to Internet or watch them with Windows Media Player/Movie Maker to share them with your friends. The whole process is easy, and you can have a try of this Wondershare AVCHD to AVI Converter to convert AVCHD to AVI and share your happy moment easily.

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