Now HDV becomes more and more popular. Sony/Canon/Panasonic, the leaders of the field of Digital image and video, are releasing so many 1080p/1080i High Definition AVCHD camcorders. Although the video format of most camcordes is widely known as AVCHD videos (AVCHD file extension) with better quality videos but less space, owing to the high compress rate of this format, it is difficult for some common video editing programs or portable players to recognize and support them to edit and play.

So what to do if you capture a number of videos while traveling and want to play AVCHD contents in Windows Media Player, transfer AVCHD videos to iPad, iPhone, iPod, PSP, Android phones for playback, or watch AVCHD shootings on HDTV freely with your family members & friends? To achieve these goals smoothly, a best way is to transcode .AVCHD to H.264 or MPEG-4 encoded AVI format. Below is the quick AVCHD to AVI conversion process.

First of all, Download Free AVCHD Converter. (If you’re using a Mac, just get the equivalent Mac version – AVCHD Converter Mac)

Overall, the program not only can help you to transcode AVCHD to AVI with high quality(even 1080p), but also can help you do some premiere editing before conversion, such as merging AVCHD files together, triming out unwanted frames, removing the interlaced lines, replacing audio with your favorite music, and customizing file size and video quality for your portable players.

How to Convert AVCHD to AVI

Step 1: Load source files to the AVCHD to AVI Converter
Launch AVCHD to AVI Converter. Click the “Add Video” or “Add from folder” button on to load your AVCHD files. If you would like to join AVCHD files together, just select these files and check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2.: Select output format

Click on “Format” bar, and select output format from the drop-down list. H.264/AVC and MPEG-4 encoded AVI formats are available. For some common protable devices, special output formats are listed for you, such as Android, iPad, iPhone, HTC and so on. If you like, you can click the “Settings” to set parameters for your devices.

1. If you would like to play the AVCHD recordings on portable players like iPad, iPhone 4, iPod, PSP, Android, Archos, Zune, PocketPC, etc, simply follow the corresponding profile group and select customized AVI format.
2. If you would like to watch the AVCHD contents on HDTV via media players (e.g. Western Digital Media Player, Video DVD combos), HD quality should be attained. To maintain HD video quality, you may follow “HD Video” -> “H.264 HD Video” (*.AVI) or “MPEG-4 HD Video (*.AVI) and customize the A/V parameters based on the media player and your TV.

Step 3: Start converting AVCHD to AVI
Click “Convert” button to transcoding AVCHD to AVI format.

Tip: Click “Edit” menu to do some premiere editing if you need before conversion.

After conversion you can click “Open” button to get the generated AVI files. And now, you can enjoy your AVCHD videos easily on computer/HDTV or some portable devices with your family and friends.

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