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How to Convert AVCHD to MP4 with High Quality?

Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) is a recording format jointly developed by Panasonic and Sony for recording high-definition video to media such as recordable DVD media, hard disk drives, and memory cards. It usually ends with .m2ts or .mts which is made to multiplex audio, video and other streams in high definition.

However, you may encounter problems when you try to watch your AVCHD M2TS videos on a computer or mobile device, upload them to the internet or edit them in video editing apps. Actually, a M2TS file recorded by AVCHD camcorder is not quite friendly to regular computers, and not compatible with most video editors and players either. In this case, you need to convert AVCHD to MP4 format for better compatibility.

Best Tool to Convert AVCHD to MP4 with Highest Quality Reserved

To convert AVCHD to MP4 with highest quality, fast conversion speed, ease of use, etc., you need a powerful AVCHD to MP4 converter. And WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is the bespoke one which meets all these criteria and beyond.

  • Convert AVCHD (.m2ts, .mts) to MP4, H.264, MOV, MKV, etc.
  • Convert 1GB, 10GB AVCHD to iPhone, iPad, Android, TV, PC, etc.
  • 1:1 remux AVCHD to MP4 with Auto Copy mode.
  • GPU-accelerated, 47x faster. Best balance of quality, size and speed.

Table of Contents

Part 1. How to Convert AVCHD M2TS to MP4 on Mac/Windows?

1. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Born to be a 4K video converter and compressor, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can be used to convert between any video formats for any device to play without errors. You can have full control of your AVCHD, MP4, 4K, H.264, HEVC, AV1, etc. files and turn them into any formats you want. The Intel/nVIDIA/AMD hardware acceleration and High Quality Engine modes assure the best balance of conversion speed and output quality. Besides AVCHD to MP4 conversion, you can also compress AVCHD or compress MP4 files up 90% smaller if needed.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Step 1. Get the AVCHD to MP4 converter.

Simply free download WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, install and launch it on your computer.

Step 2. Input an AVCHD file.

Click "+Video" button to load one or multiple .m2ts files. If you have a folder full of AVCHD M2TS videos which are needed to convert to MP4, click "+Video Folder" to import all files. No limits on single input file size or video quantity per day!

Step 3. Choose MP4 as the output format.

When the Output Profile window pops up, simply choose "MP4 H264" - the most compatible format with any popular device - as the output format. Then, click on OK.

Note: Manually tick Auto Copy mode at the lower right corner of the main interface, which helps you remux video from AVCHD to MP4 with 1:1 original quality (once AVCHD and MP4 have the same video codec), no transcoding, best quality and fastest quality (10x faster)! You can also tick Hardware acceleration to speed up the whole conversion process.

Step 4. Start converting AVCHD to MP4.

Click "Browse" button to set a destination folder to save the converted file. At last, click "RUN" button to start converting AVCHD M2TS to MP4 format.

When all is done, the output MP4 video will get a better compatibility with more media players and wilder range of video editing software. Also, you're able to play AVCHD M2TS videos on mobile and upload them to the web freely.

2. HandBrake

  • A free and open-source video transcoder for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Website: https://handbrake.fr/

Handbrake enables you to convert AVCHD to MP4 with H264, H265, MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 codec. Beyond that, other parameters relevant to MP4 format can be well adjusted to better suit your device or platform, including frame rate, bit rate, quality, resolution, H264 profile/level, etc.

HandBrake

Step 1. Go to HandBrake official website to free download, install and launch it on your computer.

Step 2. Click on the Source button to load a single AVCHD video or a batch of AVCHD files via Folder option.

Step 3. After importing, select MP4 as output file format under Output Settings option.

Step 4. Move your mouse to the lower half of the UI > tap Video > opt for the specific video codec you need, 5 options here. Generally, you’re suggested to choose H264 (x264) with quality and compatibility better balanced. H264 (Intel QSV) or H264 (Nvidia NVEnc) are also recommended if you wanna utilize Intel QSV or Nvidia GPU hardware acceleration to enhance conversion speed.

HandBrake MP4 video codec

Optionally:

  1. To convert AVCHD MTS to MP4 with highest quality, keep the default setting Constant Quality. Cuz constant quality setting is to tell Handbrake putting quality at the first place and file size comes second. Average bitrate does the opposite, giving you full control over the size, not the quality. And RF 0 means no compression, lossless quality kept. The smaller RF value is, the better quality is. You can properly lower the RF value to get highest possible quality you want.
  2. HandBrake best quality for output MP4
  3. To make resulting MP4 playable on most devices and platforms, you’d better lower down its playback threshold, not only the common resolution, frame rate, bit rate, but also video profile and level. You’re suggested to change MP4 H264 profile from High to Main or baseline profile and change H264 level from 5.1 to 3.1 to get better compatibility.
  4. Adjust output MP4 profile, level

Step 5. Click Browse button to choose a destination folder for the output MP4 file storage. Then hit Start Encode button at the top banner to begin converting AVCHD file to MP4 without visually quality degradation.

3. Freemake Video Converter

After you downloading and installing Freemake Video Converter, you'll find that it's an all-in-one toolkit, with other programs built-in, as well. And the pop-up special offer message keeps greeting you. Yet, don't worry. Simply ignore them and focus on its AVCHD to MP4 conversion ability.

Freemake Video Converter

Step 1. Go to Freemake Video Converter official website, download and install it on your PC.

Step 2. Tap Video button at the top menu to import your AVCHD video.

Step 3. Select "to MP4" to choose MP4 as the output format at the bottom of the interface. More output formats are included here, as well. MPEG, AVI, WMV, DVD, MP3 and 3GP are all at your disposal.

Note: "Join Files" option is at the top right corner of the home screen to help you combine AVCHD clips into one. Also batch conversion and subtitle conversion are accessible in this video converter, too.

Step 4. Click Convert button to commence AVCHD to MP4 conversion process.

Part 2. How to Convert AVCHD to MP4 Free Online?

Besides desktop AVCHD to MP4 converter, you can also use online converting tools for free. There are many online video converters available to do that, such as Convertio, videoconverter.com, OnlineConverter and so on. Take Convertio and videoconverter.com as an example, you're able to convert AVCHD M2TS to MP4 within 3 steps.

1. Convertio

Convertio is always a good and convenient online choice for newbies to convert video files in quite small file sizes. Only 4 steps, you can not only convert AVCHD to MP4, but also MOV to MP4, MKV to MP4, AVI to MP4, MP4 to MP3, etc.

Convertio

Step 1. Visit Convertio AVCHD to MP4 webpage. Click "Choose File" button to load your AVCHD video from computer, Dropbox, Google Drive or URL. You can also add more than one file for batch conversion.

Step 2. Make sure MP4 is chosen as the output format. You can adjust the quality, codec, frame rate, and more on this page.

Step 3. When everything is done, click the Convert button to start the conversion process.

Step 4. When finished, simply click the Download button to download the converted file.

Note: It's pretty easy, right? But there is a problem that if your video is larger than 100MB, you can't fulfil the conversion at all. Certainly, as a registered member, you can unlock larger file size, but it's not without limits. AVCHD footage itself usually means big file size, thus, what you need is a more powerful AVCHD to MP4 converter without file size limit, like WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe.

2. videoconverter.com

Videoconverter.com is another online video converter website. It's very similar to Convertio, it’s easy to use and limited in input file size. You can also load your AVCHD file from Dropbox, Google Drive besides local computer drive to convert to MP4 format.

Videoconverter.com

Step 1. Open this online converter tool, and tap "Add Your Media" button to load your AVCHD MTS files. Batch conversion is also supported.

Step 2. Make sure the MP4 is the output format and then choose video settings for your MP4 file. On the pop-up windows, adjust your video resolution, audio quality and video length at your willing. The default setting is "As Source".

Step 3. Tap Convert button to begin transcoding video from AVCHD to MP4 online free after the setting adjustment is accomplished.

Note: The online converter industry standard also appears on this AVCHD to MP4 converter, that is limited input file size. Here, you can only upload maximum 100MB for free per video. You need to upgrade to $9.95 per month to convert videos (smaller than 1GB per video) to roughly 40+ output file formats. As for AVCHD video at 4K 2160p with larger file size, you’d better choose desktop video converter.

Part 3. AVCHD vs MP4

AVCHD and MP4 formats are used for different purposes. AVCHD was developed to store video in very high quality like Blu-ray discs with large file size and then watch on Blu-ray or HDTV. It is not compatible with mobile devices and computers. While MP4 is a universal media format with smaller file size which is mainly designed for media playback and is supported by almost all device types out the market. So, for media playback, uploading and sharing, you need to convert AVCHD to MP4.

Also, according to the property shown below, AVCHD to MP4 conversion is much needed to solve some AVCHD no sound and AVCHD interlaced errors besides not playing and not uploading issues.

 

AVCHD

MP4

File extension

.mts, .m2ts

.mp4

Video coding formats

H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

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

Audio-coding formats

Dolby Digital AC-3

MPEG-2/4 (HE)-AAC, MPEG-1/2 Layers I, II, III (MP3), AC-3, Apple Lossless, ALS, SLS, others

Video quality

1920×1080/60i, 50i, 24p (16:9)
1440x1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
1280×720/60p, 50p, 24p (16:9)
720×480/60i (16:9, 4:3)
720×576/50i (16:9, 4:3)

Any

Compatible devices

Blu-ray disc players and recorders, DVD players and recorders, HD TVs

Compatible with all devices

Part 4. FAQs

1. Is AVCHD better than MP4?

It depends. AVCHD owns the better video quality, but has relatively large file size and the format support is limited. While MP4 enjoys smaller file size, better compression and can be played on almost every device. Thus, if you don't have strict requirements on video quality, MP4 is better than AVCHD.

2. How to play AVCHD videos on Windows/Mac?

An AVCHD player is essential to play AVCHD videos on Windows 10 or Mac. One of the easiest and the most accessible way is using VLC media player. It's available on both Windows and Mac for playing many file format, including AVCHD. Just click the Media button and choose Open files to browse the AVCHD file you want. All done.

3. Can I convert AVCHD to MP4 using VLC?

Yes. VLC is not only a media player but also can be used as a video converter to convert AVCHD to MP4.

Step 1. Free download VLC, install and launch it.

Step 2. On the main UI, click on Media on the top bar and choose Convert/Save option.

Step 3. In the new pop up window, click the Add button to add your AVCHD video. Then, click Convert/Save button at the bottom.

Step 4. Now, choose MP4 as the output format in the drop down menu of Profile.

Step 5. Click Browse button to choose a destination folder, and then hit Start to start converting AVCHD to MP4 with VLC.

4. How to convert AVCHD to MP4 without quality loss?

To preserve the highest quality during AVCHD to MP4 conversion, you should choose a professional video converter that could 1:1 copy the video contents while changing the video format. WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a good example that you can make use of.

5. Can I upload AVCHD video directly to YouTube?

Yes. Some AVCHD videos can be uploaded to YouTube or the like successfully. While sometimes you may also find problems when uploading AVCHD to YouTube. Comparing AVCHD, MP4 is more acceptable for YouTube. Thus converting AVCHD to MP4 is always better than directly uploading AVCHD to YouTube.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author - Kistent Waung

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Graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, she employs herself in IT related content creation (since 2013) and happens to perfectly combine her major (computer & science) and her gusto (writing). She's seasoned at offering video audio conversion workarounds and always passionate about new trends, from hot HEVC, 4K to the new AV1 codec.

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