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How to Play and Convert AVCHD Files with VLC

by Christine Smith • Dec 07,2019 • Proven solutions

"Can VLC play AVCHD? How do I convert AVCHD to MP4 with VLC?"

If you have the similar question about playing and converting AVCHD with VLC, then you can find the answers from the following parts.

Part 1. How to Play AVCHD Videos with VLC

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
  • Good converter with hotkey support
  • Easy to use interface and features
  • Very lightweight and flexible
  • Can be integrated with streaming channels on the web
  • Plays BluRay and HD

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 in 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 Using 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. Best VLC Alternative to Convert AVCHD Files on Windows/Mac

You can use Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) to convert AVCHD files instead of using VLC media player.

Wondershare UniConverter wins over VLC converter. It features powerful video tools that not only play, edit and convert AVCHD files, but also come with a complete video editing tool that perform unlimited tasks. With Wondershare UniConverter, you can edit, convert, download, organize, enhance, capture and watch videos in over 150 formats. Wondershare UniConverter unlike VLC media player converter supports all AVCHD files from all cameras.

video converter icon Wondershare UniConverter - Best AVCHD Converter and Player

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  • Best VLC alternative to play and convert AVCHD files on Windows/Mac.
  • Convert videos to 1000+ formats, including MP4, WMV, AVI, FLV, MOV, and more.
  • Edit videos with trimming, merging, cutting, adding subtitles, adjusting audio, etc.
  • Download or record streaming videos from 10000+ video sharing sites.
  • 30X faster converting speed and higher quality output than common video converters.
  • Burn & customize videos to DVD with free DVD menu templates.
  • Versatile toolbox combines fix video metadata, GIF maker, cast video to TV, video compressor, and screen recorder.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.
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Steps to Play and Convert AVCHD Files With VLC Alternative

Step 1 Add AVCHD files to VLC alternative.

Download, install, and launch Wondershare UniConverter on your PC/Mac, click on the +Add Files button under the Convert tab to add AVCHD files (in .mts format as example) from camcorder or local.

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Step 2 Choose output format for AVCHD files.

Click the Convert all files to: tab on the top-right corner to open the output format list. Choose the target format and resolution from the Video tab.

choose output for AVCHD files

Step 3 Convert AVCHD files with VLC alternative easily.

Hit the Convert All button to start converting AVCHD files in batch with the VLC alternative on Windows/Mac. The converted files can be found under the Converted tab and you can click the Add to Transfer button to transfer videos to any device and playback without trouble.

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Here is a table to help you learn the differences between VLC and Wondershare UniConverter.

Features Wondershare UniConverter VLC
Batch Conversion  
Optimize for Portable Devices  
Wireless Transferring  
Video Editing  
Downloading Online Videos  
Burn Videos to DVD  
Video Playing
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