Jointly developed by Sony and Panasonic, AVCHD Video (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is an effective file format for camcorders and digital cameras with HD recording capability. AVCHD Video's foremost advantages are contained in much smaller files on your hard drive and achieving full 1920x1080 resolution. The disadvantage is that it can be hard to find software that can play AVCHD files. Luckily, this article will show you the best AVCHD player to Play AVCHD on PC smoothly.
Windows 7 has native support for AVCHD/MTS/M2TS videos (see Windows 8 reference). But playing AVCHD/MTS on Windows XP/Vista is still an issue. If your Windows PC is running XP/Vista OS, you need special registry patch which will tie M2TS/MTS files [Blu-ray transport stream files also referred to as AVCHD files] into Windows Media Player [WMP11]. Otherwise, your PC will keep saying something about not finding a codec. However there are caveats as it is not possible to tie a third party codec 100% into WMP without developing some sort of plug-in. Also available are patches for MKV/MKA, Flac and MP4/M4V/M4A.
Be aware that AVCHD/M2TS/MTS files will only be playable in WMP with latest versions of ffdshow-tryouts, older versions will crash when trying to decode the video.
As for one of the most popular AVCHD playback tools, VLC still has some shortcomings. Firstly, if your VLC version is not up to date, there's a chance that you will only see a grey background, and will hear the sound for a while, but it can crash after that. Moreover, if you don't have sufficient fire power on your Windows PC, there's a very big chance that you will only see flashes of images and will only hear sound. You may also see broken video images (lines going through it).
Please note that this is NOT because the AVCHD/MTS data is corrupt or your AVCHD player is malfunctioned, it's just because playing AVCHD (MTS) video on Windows PC will bring great burden on your Windows CPU and Graphics Card.
If you want to get a VLC alternative to play AVCHD on PC, 5KPlayer can do you a big favor. It is also a free and clean powerful AVCHD player that can play AVCHD MTS M2TS videos fluently on Windows and Mac. Moreover, it can play other SD/HD videos in MP4, AVI, WMV, MKV, MOD, TS, etc. And 5KPlayer is also a good option to play various music files, listen to radios, free download online videos and AirPlay video audio files.
Just as mentioned above, playing AVCHD video directly on Windows PC will surely cause damage on your computer. Besides, the playing process always encounter unexpected troubles. Even try it on the Centrino.
Don't worry! Here are some suggestions that will guide you out of this trouble. By the way, you do not need to prepare Quad-core and high-end graphics card in advance.
Solution 1: Convert AVCHD to DVD video format
One way to maintain AVCHD's HD quality is to convert AVCHD video to DVD video format for you to burn it on DVD disc and play in future. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe - an all-in-one AVCHD video converter, video editor and YouTube video downloader would be the best recommended tool. It can help you convert AVCHD to NTSC DVD format video, or PAL DVD format video.
Step 1: Load your AVCHD video with "+Video" button.
Step 2: Choose one DVD profile between "NTSC DVD format" and "PAL DVD format".
Step 3: Set the destination folder for the output video.
Step 4: Click "RUN" to start converting AVCHD video to DVD format video.
Solution 2: Convert AVCHD video to PC friendly formats
HDV Mpeg2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV (wildly used on Website), MOV (Apple QuickTime) and WMV (born from Wnidows PC) are great choices. And do not insist upon that, after AVCHD video conversion, you will lose something. In fact, things you lost are unnoticeable. Here are some assessments about converting AVCHD video to make AVCHD/MTS playback on your Windows PC smoothly.
1. As you know AVCHD/MTS file utilizes MPEG-4AVC/H.264 (AVC) video compression codec, so you can convert AVCHD video to MPEG-4 format and the video quality lost is hardly to distinguish by our naked eyes.
2. If convert AVCHD Video to AVI format, you will get even 4x smaller files and still maintain favorable quality.
3. To upload your AVCHD recordings online, like Upload AVCHD to YouTube, you can convert AVCHD to FLV format, which is wildly used on the online video sharing.
4. After converting AVCHD Video to MP4, MOV format, which are Apple portable devices friendly video formats, you are enable to play AVCHD video on iPhone 5S/5C, play AVCHD on iPad (1024 x 768, perfect portable AVCHD playback solution) and other mobile devices, like iPod, iPod touch, Xbox, Zune.
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Feature 1 - Advanced De-interlacing Engine
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can even improve your source AVCHD video after conversion. All AVCHD camcorders except for AVCHD Lite models use recording 1080 Interlaced Video (1080i).When watching converted AVCHD 1080i video on your Windows PC (since it doesn't have built-in De-interlacing engine like flat-panel televisions), the image you see from AVCHD video will not be as true as the original one.
Feature 2 - Multi-core CPU Supported
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe fully supports Multi-core CPU (from low-level (i3), through mid-range (i5) to high-end performance (i7). It will empower you take full use of up to 8 cores to greatly shorten your AVCHD video conversion time.
Feature 3 - Resize function (shrink the output image size)
To play AVCHD video on your Windows PC, you'd better resize AVCHD video's 1920x1080 resolution to perfectly match up with your default PC monitor. And WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe's shrink feature just made for bringing you this convenience. After converting AVCHD with the resized image, you will get two copies of AVCHD videos, the original save as backup, and the converted AVCHD/MTS file used for playback on your PC.
Feature 4 - All-in-one HD video converter
WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is built-in 370+ video and audio codecs, Without any third-party codec, it can support Multi-track (WinX Unique Technology) HD video M2TS, MKV, AVCHD, HDTV BDAV and MPEG-TS video movies.
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