Most Mac product users will have to face to the problem of Mac being not so compatible with AVCHD videos. One always needs a third-party software working as the peacemaker between them two. Before talking about the solutions, we should make clear What AVCHD is and Where it comes from.
AVCHD means full HD videos, whose resolution ratio reaches at least 1920 x1080. It usually uses MPEG-4 or H.264 as the codec while video formats in .mts/.m2ts. And these files are mainly from HD camcorders or cameras.
Here the main problems are listed as below:
1: VLC is the only media player who can broadcast .mts videos smoothly on Mac products. How to enjoy AVCHD files on other players, such as QuickTime.
2: None of the Apple video editors (including iMovie, FCE, FCP and so on), can recognize .mts directly. When coming to the X version, Final Cut Pro allows users to import AVCHD through "import from camera", being different from "log and transfer" in FCP 7. But before importing the files, one must make sure files are in whole structure. And this will bring us problems as: what to do when we have only single .mts files or when the structure was damaged?
I have mentioned that when dealing with the problems between Mac and AVCHD, a third-party software is necessary. But what can this software do? Generally speaking, this software is called Video Converter, which means it could convert AVCHD to other various formats for different use.
And here comes the solution for the two question above:
1: How to make camcorder/camera AVCHD compatible with QuickTime Player. .mov is the perfect format for QuickTime to handle. From Apple's Official Website, we get that .mov is QuickTime's native format as it could be broadcasted in the highest quality. So, Convert AVCHD to MOV for QuickTime is the answer.
2 What about iMovie and FCP (X)? For iMovie, AIC (Apple InterMedia Codec) works best while Apple ProRes is FCP's native format. From wikipedia, we can get that this video codec is mainly for editing HD camcorder/camera videos. Apple ProRes is mainly designed for editing too as it can keep the highest quality, you can also get more information about this codec from Wikipedia.
As we have got the correct solution for the problems, following I will command a third-party software, whose name is Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac
As our best product, this software is mainly for users who are always puzzled about video formats between their Mac and HD camcorders/cameras. The following picture will show to use it in an easy way.