Play AVCHD with Windows Media Player

The AVCHD format is a high-definition camcorder video format jointly developed by Panasonic and Sony for use in consumer camcorders. It uses a form of compression to allow large files created by HD video recording to be captured and saved on digital media such as hard disk drives and flash memory cards. For PC users who try to play AVCHD files with Windows Media Player, they often encounter the following problem:

“I have a Sony WX-350; I recorded many videos with it. When opening them on my new Windows 10 laptop with Windows Media Player 12, it will not open files with the extension .mts which is an AVCHD video format. Why is there no Codec installed? Does windows have an approved codec for this?”

Windows Media Player 12 supported file formats

After searching for Windows Media Player supported file formats, we find that it only handles MPEG-2 TS Video file with the .m2ts file extension, which is a filename extension used for the Blu-ray Disc Audio-Video (BDAV) MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS) container file format. It is used for multiplexing audio, video and other streams. It is based on the MPEG-2 transport stream container. This container format is commonly used for high definition video on Blu-ray Disc and AVCHD. While the AVCHD format uses the MPEG-4 AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)/H.264 format compression codec with either .mts or .m2ts file extension.

Obviously, the codec for .mts and .m2ts files for the AVCHD video are missing or deleted from the Windows Media Player supported file list. The most effective solution is using a third-party MTS Converter application to fix the format or codec incompatible issue.

Transcode AVCHD MTS/M2TS for Windows Media Player viewing

After a lot of online testing and searching, we finally settled on Pavtube Video Converter. The program is very simple to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. It has comprehensive importing support for AVCHD files recorded with Sony/Canon/Panasonic high definition camcorders. Thanks to its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple AVCHD files into the application for conversion at one time.

With the application, you can easily convert AVCHD .mts or .m2ts files to Windows Media Player native WMV file format, so that you can directly view the converted files with Windows Media Player without installing any extra codec. To satisfy your different need, the program offers 3 different types of WMV file format:
-If you wish to have a fast conversion speed, you can ouput a WMV file with WMV2 (WMV8) codec,
– If you care much about output file quality, just select the “WMV3(WMV9)(*.wmv)” file which helps to produce a high quality wmv file with VC-1 codec.
– If you wish to produce a high definition file, pick the “WMV HD(*.wmv)” format.

Related article: Play MP4 on Windows Media Player | Play MKV on Windows Media Player | Play FLV with Windows Media Player

Deinterlace 1080i AVCHD video

Some of the AVCHD footage that you shot with your high definition camcorder may be 1080i interlaced video, which can exhibit motion artifacts known as interlacing effects. These artifacts may be more visible when interlaced video is displayed at a slower speed than it was captured, or in still frames. Here, you can fix change interlaced video into the progressive form with the deinterlaced function offered by the program.

Step by Step to Convert AVCHD for Windows Media Player Viewing?

Step 1: Load AVCHD files into the application.

Start the program on your computer, click “File” > “Add Video/Audio” or “Add from folder” to input AVCHD files into the application.

Load AVCHD files into the application

Step 2: Define the output format.

Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select Windows Media Player best supported WMV files under “Common Video” main category.

Output fast conversion speed WMV2(WMV8) file

Output fast conversion speed WMV2(WMV8) file

Output high quality WMV3 (WMV9) file

Output high quality WMV3 (WMV9) file

Output high definition WMV HD file format

Output high definition WMV HD file format

Step 3: Begin the conversion process.

After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from AVCHD to Windows Media Player supported WMV file format.

When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then you will have no problem to play the converted VOB files with Windows Media Player.

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