AVCHD allows easy playback of your own recorded videos on AVCHD-compatible devices.

Originally developed by Panasonic and Sony, the AVCHD format allows for high-definition movie file storage and playback on compatible devices. AVCHD also uses codec compatible with standard definition (SD) video formats. With a growing interoperability and support from video-editing software manufacturers such as Adobe Systems Inc. and Ulead, converting to an AVCHD SD format is as easy as editing a video.

Instructions

1. Shoot the footage of the event on an AVCHD-compatible camcorder.

2. Open your video in the video-editing software of your choice. Few prepackaged software programs, such as Apple’s iMovie or Windows’ Movie Maker, support the codecs needed for AVCHD codecs. Choose a program made by a company that supports the AVCHD format, which will generally provide you with all the tools you need.

3. Edit your video as desired into a final viewable project. This will vary from project to project, but the idea is to convert a finished product instead of tediously converting each individual piece of footage before piecing them together.

4. Save the editing project so that you may return to it in the event of a failure.

5. Find an “Export” option within your video-editing software. This differs from “Saving,” as exporting a project renders the uncompressed files into a compressed format of your choosing.

6. Choose the options to convert the project to AVCHD. SD format defines a movie screen as 480 pixels tall. In widescreen setting, the video should be 720 pixels wide, whereas a traditional 3:4 ratio screen will have a width of 640 pixels. Select the video compression codec “MPEG4-AVC” and the audio codec of either linear pulse coded modulation (PCM) or Dolby AC-3. Name the file, ensuring it is set to append the file extension “.AVCHD” (e.g.: ThisIsMyMovie.avchd).