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Doug
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What is the difference between the AVCHD format and the MP4 format?

 
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Top 40 Artist
Doug
Posts: 712
Registered: ‎11-12-2012

Re: What is the difference between the AVCHD format and the MP4 format?

The primary difference between the AVCHD format and the MP4 format is the file structure (aka container format) used to save the video codec and audio codec. Although both formats record the video codec as MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, the AVCHD-formatted video is saved using a .M2TS file extension and the MP4-formatted video uses a .MP4 file extension. In addition, the audio codec for AVCHD is Dolby® Digital AC-3, while the audio codec for MP4 is MPEG-4 AAC LC.

IMPORTANT: AVCHD is suitable for creating AVCHD or Blu-ray Disc® (BD) recordings and watching on an HDTV. Whereas, MP4 can be saved as a single movie file and is much easier to move, copy, and upload to websites.

Specifications for both formats are provided in the tables below.

AVCHD format:

Video codec MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio codec Dolby Digital AC-3
Picture size/Scan mode (Aspect ratio) 1920x1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
1440x1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
Audio channels/Sampled frequency 2 channels/48 kHz
5.1 channels/48 kHz
Container format MPEG-2 System (.M2TS file extension)
Compatibility Compatible with the Blu-ray Disc® format
Compatible with several recording media devices, such as Hard Disk or Memory Stick® media
Compatible with xv.Color technology

MP4 format:

Video codec MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio codec MPEG-4 AAC LC
Picture size/Scan mode (Aspect ratio) 1440x1080/30p (16:9)
1280x720/30p (16:9)
640x480/30p (4:3)
Audio channels/Sampled frequency 2 channels/48 kHz.
Container format MPEG-4 System (.MP4 file extension)
Compatibility Compatible with the Apple® QuickTime® format
Compatible with various recording media and networks, including PlayStation® Network video

NOTES:

  • AVCHD is an acronym for Advanced Video Codec High Definition.
  • AVC is an acronym for Advanced Video Coding,
  • AAC is an acronym for Advanced Audio Coding.
  • LC is an acronym for Low Complexity.
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