Article ID : 00014714 / Last Modified : 08/16/2015

AVCHD movies are choppy or do not playback smoothly on a computer.

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Even when using software that supports AVCHD-formatted video, it is still possible the High-Defintion (HD) picture may not play smoothly on some computers - especially older computers. You may experience display noise or dropped frames during playback. Although AVCHD is supported and can be played back on a number of computers, it requires a lot of processing power.

Depending on the AVCHD format, the following computer processors or faster are recommended:

  • For AVCHD 1080p (aka PS mode), use Intel Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or faster
  • For AVCHD 1080i (aka FX/FH/HQ modes), use Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 Ghz or faster

Increasing the RAM of the computer may help eliminate such issues, but cannot be guaranteed. The minimum system requirement is 512MB of RAM, but 1GB or more is recommended.

If you continue to experience AVHCD playback issues on your computer, consider shooting the video in the MP4 format. MP4 is still high quality and is more suitable for playing back on computers, as well as for emailing and uploading video clips to Internet websites.