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How to Convert AVCHD to AVI in Windows and Mac OS

What are the common troubles encountered when we try to watch, upload or share AVCHD videos? You can probably come up with more than what's listed out.
1. The online platform rejects the upload.
2. The currently installed media player does not support playbacks of AVCHD file format.
3. The AVCHD file got uploaded but with playback errors.

That's true, the AVCHD format is not accepted by a lot of players and it's not the usually accepted video format for uploading onto the online sharing sites. The easiest way is to convert the AVCHD format to an AVI or other commonly preferred formats. The Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is very good at that with a few extra, yet powerful features packed-in.

Best AVCHD to AVI Video Converter

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  • Support conversions to FLV, SWF, MP4 or other formats for online sharing.
  • Lossless quality in conversion with unsurpassed speed.
  • In-house editing before conversion.
  • Download and burn DVDs on the same platform.
  • Supported OS: Windows 8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 10.8, 10.9

Part 1: How to convert an AVCHD to AVI

Connect the AVCHD Camcorder to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected and powered on, the camcorder should appear on the desktop as a new disk. It is desirable that you copy the videos to your PC's hard-drive before converting or editing it.

1. Upload AVCHD camcorder files

Click Add Files to import the AVCHD HD video from your computer or just drag-and-drop your AVCHD videos onto the converter directly. The Video Converter Ultimate supports batch conversion, so simply upload as much files as you need to convert.

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2. Select AVI as your output format

Select AVI as your output format from the categorized Output Format's drop-down list and specify the output directory to save your converted files. You can also choose to convert the files directly to the device that you wish to watch it on such as your iPhone, tablet, Xbox or PlayStation console.

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3. Start converting your files

After everything is done, hit Convert to convert the AVCHD file to AVI. The conversion speed depends on the original video size and your PC configuration. However, you'll be assured that the output quality is great. After this, you can start to upload the AVI videos onto YouTube or other social media platforms. It'll also be a smooth playback on Windows Media Player.

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Part 2: More options: Free AVCHD to AVI Converter , Online AVCHD to AVI Converter

# 1. Free Video Converter: Wondershare Free AVCHD to AVI Converter

Download directly from your favorite online video sites and convert it to your mobile phone or tablet for offline entertainment. There's no need to research for the best settings on your own as it's been optimized in the presets for your convenience.

Pro: Download and convert for free.

Cons:
1. Normal speed of conversion.
2. Basic editing features.
3. Limited conversion to common and popular file formats.

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# 2. Online Video Converter: Online Video Converter

Other than the local PC or laptop's directory, some us tend to have the preference to store our files on the Cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox or SkyDrive. You can easily log-in to your account, upload the file and convert them too.

Pro: No download, no installation, no cost!

Cons:
1. Types  of supported input file format unknown.
2. Can't perform batch conversion.
3. Server or Internet downtime may affect the conversion.

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Part 3: Extended Knowledge for AVCHD and AVI Format

File Extension AVCHD AVI
Category
Video File
Video File
Description
AVCHD is a high definition video format commonly used for storing videos recorded on camcorders in the extension of a MTS or M2TS file format. AVI is a multimedia container that contains both audio and video data. It allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video
Associated Programs
VLC Media Player
DAPlayer
Windows Media Player
Developed by
Joint effort by Sony and Panasonic
Microsoft
MIME Type
Video
Video
Useful Links
Detailed information on the AVCHD file format
How to Convert DV to AVI
How to Convert AVI to FLV
How to Add Subtitles to MP4 Files
How to Convert AVI to VOB
Detailed information on the AVI file format
How to Convert Video_TS to AVI
How to convert MTS to AVI
How to Burn AVI to DVD on Windows 8
Top 3 AVI Players for Mac

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