AVCHD VS MP4, Pros And Cons Of Each

Video creation relives and polishes our life, records the precious memories. With the development of the technology, the video recording devices these days support an array of formats that best suits your needs. MP4 and AVCHD are the most popular formats among them. Many people might be caught on the horns of a dilemma while chooosing which video format to record in. So, this article will help you a lot by comparing AVCHD to MP4, with both pros and cons below.


Part 1. The Definitions of AVCHD and MP4

Part 2. AVCHD VS MP4

Part 3. How to Make AVCHD and MP4 Play on Anywhere


Part 1. The Definitions of AVCHD and MP4

What is MP4: MP4, abbreviated for MPEG-4 Part 14 and occasionally known as MPEG-4 AVC, is a digital multimedia format used to store video and audio, as well as other data like subtitles and images. MP4 technology works by compressing the files, making the overall size much smaller, thus streaming over the internet is easy and videos are much more accessible and playable.


What is AVCHD: AVCHD, short for Advanced Video Coding High Definition, is developed Sony and Panasonic collectively, which is originally designed for HD camcorders use for digital recording and HD video playback. It records video at a resolution, ranging from 720p to 1080p or higher. Videos in AVCHD format can be burnt to a standard DVD disc that can be playable on an HDTV and Blu-ray Disc player.


Part 2. AVCHD VS MP4

To help you understand the difference of AVCHD and MP4 more clearly, we give you a comparison table on a number of metrics.

Features/Format AVCHD MP4 Winner
File Extension The formatted video makes use of .m2ts extension and save file with Picture Motion Browser (PMB) software. The formatted video makes use of .mp4 file extension and save it with PMB software. Draw
Video and Audio Codecs As video codec, the format use MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and as Audio codec, it uses Dolby Digital AC-3. The video codec for the format is same as AVCHD-MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, but the audio codec used is MPEG-4 AAC LC. Draw
Video Quality The highest resolution quality images by Sony and Panasonic devices are capture only in AVCHD format only. The image quality is amazing. JVC makes use of MP4 format with resolution of up to 108-p at 60fps. Thus MP4 quality falls short as compared to AVCHD. AVCHD
File Size Owing to its high quality, the format has large file size. A 30 minute video with 1920 X 1080 resolution takes up around 300-400 MB. Its compressed nature makes the file size smaller. A 30 minute video with 1920 X 1080 resolution only takes 100MB of file size in MP4 format. MP4
Popularity The format is popular among the uses who want high quality videos. The format is capable of recording 1080p resolution videos at 60 fps. The format is popular among users who prefer compatibility, smaller size, and access over quality. MP4 can be accessed over a number of devices and can be shared over net owning to its smaller size. Draw
Compatibility The format is compatible with Blu-ray Disc format and a number of recording devices including memory stick media and hard disks. As compared to MP4, the list of compatible devices are less. Also known as a Universal format, MP4 is compatible with a large number of media network, players, and other devices. MP4
  • Compatible with Blu-ray Disc format
  • Record good quality live pictures
  • The sound quality of the format is good with Dolby Digital AC-3 codec
  • Capable of easily recording 1920 X 1080/60i, 50i (16:9) resolution footage
  • The format can be payed over a number of devices and players
  • Allows saving single movie file so that they can be easily accessed
  • Allows easy storing of multiple files
  • The files in MP4 format can be easily copied, moved and uploaded over the net
  • While saving in .M2TS format, it is difficult to save in a single file
  • The file size is disproportionate ( A file size of 100MB in AVCHD is only 25MB in other types of formats)
  • The format can be used with recording media devices like Memory Stick or Hard Disks
  • The audio codec of the file format is low in quality
  • The audio channel is available only for 2 channels/48kHz
  • The highest resolution of the file can go up to only 1440 X 1080/30p (16:9)


Part 3. How to Make AVCHD and MP4 Play on Anywhere

Although AVCHD and MP4 are the most popular video formats, people always ask the question like that is there any solution when both or one of them can't be supported by a device, media player, non-linear editing software. The best solution is to get a super assistant which could convert AVCHD/MP4 to other compatitble formats for your target devices.


Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate | For Mac stands out from it competitors, which offers you 200+ formats for you to select: H.264/HEVC MP4, MOV, MKV, WMV, AVI, VOB, and more. You are free to convert AVCHD to MP4, MOV, or others at you like. If you are familiar with video format, container and codec, you can directly choose video format, then adjust the video and audio bitrate, frame rate, resolution, channel and more parameters to make the outputed video more fit in your video player and multimedia devices. 


Moreover, massive optimized device presets here are waiting for your discovery: Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Apple X/8/7/6, Xbox One X, Wii U, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc. The professional software works as a complete video toolbox file conversion, video editing, and more. What' more, you also can convert Blu-ray and DVD to digital files in virtually any format as will.


Below, we will go with Windows version to have a trial of this program. Its Mac version has the same operating procedures. More features about this software, welcom to read this guide to get more details.


Quick guide to convert AVCHD/MP4 to other formats using Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate:

Step 1. Launch Pavtube converter and load AVCHD/MP4 file(s).

Open Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate software on your PC/Mac. On primary software interface, under "Convert" tab click "Add Files" to browse and add desired AVCHD/MP4 from the computer. You can also drag and drop the files.



Step 2. Select desired output format.

After adding the files to be converted, the output format needs to be selected. From "Format" drop down list and navigate to category you want to output. Option and select the desired format from the Video or Devices tab.



Tips: Click "Settings", it will pop up a window named "Profile Settings", here you can adjust video parameters as you like. For example: to downscale Panasonic 4k AVCHD file by lower vdieo bit rate. Normally, video size is based more on bit rate than pix.



Step 3. Start converting AVCHD/MP4 to other format.

After you have done all settings, go back to main UI and click "Convert" red button to start the conversion. Wait for a while, press Open, it will pop up a folder with the generated files. Now, you are free to play your AVCHD/MP4 on anywhere as you like.