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Windows Media Player or Apple iMovie software does not play AVCHD video copied from the camera or camcorder.

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When the AVCHD video format is copied to a computer, the file is saved in the .M2TS or .MTS file format that some versions of Windows® Media Player or iMovie® software may not support. For playback on a computer running a compatible Microsoft® Windows® operating system, you can use the PlayMemories Home™ software. For playback on a compatible Macintosh® computer, you can use PlayMemories Home for Mac or Apple® iMovie® '08 software or newer - previous iMovie versions do not support AVCHD.

IMPORTANT:

  • For proper AVCHD video playback on a Macintosh computer, the computer must have an Intel Core Duo processor or better installed.
  • Discs recorded with exported AVCHD-formatted video should only be played on products that support the AVCHD video format .
  • The Windows® 7 or later operating system natively supports AVCHD.

The table below provides a list of software compatible with AVCHD content. It is solely based on the information shown on the Web site of each software vendor. For specific functions and operations of the listed software, contact the software vendor.

Software

Disc Creation Capability

Software Manufacturer Web site

Additional information

PlayMemories Home

DVD

AVCHD

Blu-ray Disc

PlayMemories Home for Windows

PlayMemories Home for Mac

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Apple iMovie '08 or newer

DVD

http://www.apple.com/support/imovie/

Only supported for use on a computer with a compatible Macintosh computer

Sony Vegas® Pro 8.0

(Version 8.0b)

DVD

Blu-ray Disc

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/

DVD Architect Pro 5.0 (available for free download) is required to create a Blu-ray Disc.

Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum

(Version 8.0b)

DVD

Blu-ray Disc

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/

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Thomson EDIUS®

(Version 4.54)

DVD

Blu-ray Disc

http://www.thomsongrassvalley.com/

The Corel Ulead DVD MovieFactory is bundled with the EDIUS software and required for creating a Blu-ray Disc.

Nero® 9

(Version 8.2.8.0)

DVD

Blu-ray Disc

AVCHD

http://www.nero.com/

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Corel® Ulead VideoStudio X2

DVD

AVCHD

http://www.corel.com/videostudio

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Corel Ulead VideoStudio Pro X2

DVD

Blu-ray Disc

AVCHD

http://www.corel.com/videostudio

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NOTES: Separate articles are available to provide assistance with importing video to a computer.