How to Play and Convert AVCHD Files with VLC

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VLC is a free transcoder and a multimedia player that can be downloaded from Videolan.org. It is a computer music player that supports support many file formats including M2TS and MTS linked to AVCHD footage. Advanced Video Codec High Definition abbreviated as avchd, is a type of file format that was developed by Panasonic and Sony. Therefore the camcorders or HD cameras from manufactured by these companies produce videos with AVCHD format. Therefore these videos need to be converted to other formats that are supported by many devices. The common standard formats that windows support are WMV and AVI. You can use VLC to convert avchd files into any format supported by VLC. And the following lists several pros of VLC converter.

  • Support a wide range of video and audio formats
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  • Easy to use interface and features
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  • Can be integrated with streaming channels on the web
  • Plays BluRay and HD

Part 1. How to Play avchd Videos with VLC

Step 1 download VLC software from Videolan.org. Install the downloaded file into your computer and launch the software when installation is complete.

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Step 2 Using a camera cable, connect your camcorder or avchd camera with your computer. Turn on your camera and set it to its 'playback mode. Wait for windows explorer to detect your device. When your camera is detected, go to the “My Computer” section and open the camera by double clicking the device icon. Located the avchd file that you want to play and drag and drop it into the computer desktop or any other specific folder of your choice. Alternatively, you can click on the “media” button on the top left corner of VLC interface and then press 'open file' button. Then you can go direct to the avchd file location and select the file and then click “open”.

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Step 3 Your avchd files will automatically start to play after clicking on the “open” button.

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Part 2. How to Convert Avchd Videos with VLC

Step 1 Click the tab named "Media" located at the top of the VLC Media player's interface. Select the option "Save/Convert." Proceed to the top left corner of VLC media player and click the "File" tab.

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Step 2 Click the "Add" button found on the right side of the VLC Media Player interface to access the search screen pop up section that shows the contents of the hard drive. Select the icon showing your desired avchd file and click on the "Open" button to load your desired avchd file in the Open Media window. Click the "Save/Convert" button located on the lower-right corner of the VLC interface to access the Convert window.

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Step 3 Press the drop-down box named "Profile" and select a VLC preset output of your choice. There are several options that include MPEG-2, WMV, MPEG-4, ASF and many others each designed with their own encoding types.

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Step 4 You may decide to go into the advanced setting and change some settings there. You may also create your own profile to hold your output video. You can do this by clicking the wrench icon located at the right side of the box named "Profile". Select an available Encapsulation Audio, video codec and Format. You can make many advanced setting at this stage. Click the "Save" button to save the changes that you made on your file and to return to the Convert screen.

Step 5 Click the "Browse" button found in the Destination field of the VLC Media player interface to choose a save computer folder for your converted file. Rename your converted file. Make sure to put the file extension for the format that you previously chose. Click the "Save" button to return to the Convert window sections.

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Step 6 Click the "Start" button located in the lower-right corner of the VLC interface to start the conversation process.

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Part 3. An Alternative Converter to VLC

You can use Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate to convert avchd files instead of using VLC media player.

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