AVCHD : Frequently Asked Questions

AVCHD is increasingly becoming popular as a recording format of choice in consumer video cameras. If you're shooting video in HD, you want to know more about it.

Here are some frequently asked questions on this increasingly-popular video format.

What is ACVCHD? 

 AVCHD stands for Advanced Video Codec High Definition

Is AVCHD a codec?
No, it's not. It's a compressed data format.

What compression technology does AVCHD use?
AVCHD uses the H.264/MPEG-4 video compression which is effective in compressing video data to impressively small sizes without noticeable quality loss.

What is the main advantage of the AVCHD format compared to Mini DV and HDV?
The main advantage is AVCHD can be stored in a variety of media. Whereas Mini DV and HDV would require Mini DV tape, AVCHS can be stored on optyicals dics (DVD/CD), memry cards, hard drives and even flash drives.

What Advantage Does AVCHD have when it comes to editing?
Every time you press and stop your camera rcord button. A new file will be created. This files can be easily located unlike in a tape. So, you can quickly import a file to edit because you can see a thumbnail of it. Very helpful if need to quickly edit and produce a short project.

What Disadvantage Does the AVCHD Format Have?
You may face some problem with the format when it comes to editing. Most video editing applications do not support direct import of the AVCHD format. AVCHD files need to be converted to a compatible format. So, if you want to save time on conversion you would need to choose a video editing application that directly supports AVCHD.

What Can I do if My Video Editing Program Doesn't Support Direct Import of AVCHD footage?
You'll need to log and transfer your footage to another format compatible with your video editir.

If my Video Editor Support the Import of a Native AVCHD File, is there any problem I can run into?

Yes, successfully working with native AVCHD file will require superior computing power. In short you must have a computer with a fast processor to edit without any hitches. If you're going to edit in AVCHD your hardware must be top-end.