Brief introduction of AVCHD format
AVCHD is a high definition camcorder video format jointly developed by Panasonic and Sony for use in consumer camcorders. It records video at a range of resolutions including 1080p, 1080i and 720p onto DVDs, SD/SDHDC memory cards, Memory Stick memory cards and hard disk drives. AVCHD recordings can be transferred to a computer by connecting the camcorder via the USB connection. Removable media like SDHC and Memory Stick cards or DVDs can be read on a computer directly.
Playing back of AVCHD video
AVCHD video can be directly played on most Blu-ray Disc Players, Play Station 3/4 gaming consoles. Sometimes, you may find it difficult to play AVCHD video on computer, mobile devices, the following article has listed some particular free software that has perfect support for AVCHD playback on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android operation system.
Play AVCHD files on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android
Free AVCHD player for Windows
Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player is a media player developed for Windows-based operating systems for audio and video playback. Windows Media Player 12 supports many video formats, including the AVCHD video format. In the past, you had to download separate third-party software to play AVCHD files in Media Player. Now Media Player saves you the hassle with their built-in AVCHD support. Make sure to upgrade your Windows Media Player to the latest version.
VLC Media Player
VLC Media Player, a free multimedia player and transcoder available from Videolan.org, supports dozens of file formats, including MTS or M2TS files associated with AVCHD footage. You can directly play AVCHD files with VLC or use VLC to convert AVCHD to other common file formats for device playback or video editing.
Free AVCHD player for Mac
BS.Player uses low-cost of CPU Processing Resources for AVCHD video playback, it is suitable for people who want to watch AVCHD/MTS video but use slightly less capable computers. In addition, BS.Player is quiet masterful at automatically searching and downloading missing subtitles during playing AVCHD video, if available.
Free AVCHD player for iOS
With PlayerXtreme you can watch your movies on the go from anywhere even if they’re in any format even if they don’t normally play or even sync with your iPhone or iPad.
Free AVCHD player for Android
As the best video player for Android, VPlayer enables you to watch videos with HW accelerated decoding and rendering to HD MKV/AVI/MOV/FLV/TS/M4V/3GP, etc for most Android devices.
Besides playing AVCHD video on computer or mobile devices, you may also have the needs to do some professional video editing work with your AVCHD video footage and then share it with other people via online video sharing sites or burned DVD. If you encounter any format incompatible issues when performing the video editing or sharing work, you can turn to help with our highly reviewed tool Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Windows/Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan) to transcode AVCHD MTS/M2TS to various professional video editing codec such as Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Prores, Avid DNxHD, etc for working AVCHD with FCP/FCP X, Sony Vegas Pro, Davinci Resolve, iMovie/FCE, Premiere Pro CC, etc or export AVCHD with optimal profile settings for fast and fluid YouTube uploading process.