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

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The  Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) format is suitable for creating AVCHD or Blu-ray Disc® recordings and watching on an HDTV. Whereas, MP4 is much easier to move, copy and upload to web sites or for playing back on portable devices.

Differences with the specifications for both formats are provided in the table below.

Specifications AVCHD MP4
Image size (Aspect ratio) 1920 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
1440 x 1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
1440 x 1080/30p (16:9)
1280 x 720/30p (16:9)
640 x 480/30p (4:3)
Audio channels / Sampled frequency 2 channels/48 kHz
5.1 channels/48 kHz
2 channels/48 kHz.
File extension .M2TS .MP4
Compatibility
  • Compatible with the Blu-ray Disc format
  • Compatible with several recording media devices such as a hard disk drive (HDD) or a Memory Stick® media
  • Compatible with xv.Color technology
  • Compatible with Windows® 7 operating system and above natively support AVCHD
  • Compatible with the Apple® QuickTime® format
  • Compatible with various recording media and networks including the PlayStation® Video by the PlayStation Network
  • Compatible with the Windows 7 operating system and above natively support MP4