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What is Audio Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD)?

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AVCHD is a recording format used by some digital video camcorders for recording high-definition (HD) video. It provides the ability to record personal HD footage directly to a 3-inch (8cm) DVD media, Memory Stick Pro Duo™ media, or hard disk drive in a camcorder. The AVCHD format uses data compression coding technology and is very efficient at maintaining HD video quality.

Here are the specifications for the AVCHD format:

Video codecMPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio codecDolby Digital AC-3
Picture size/Scan mode (Aspect ratio)1920x1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
1440x1080/60i, 50i (16:9)
Audio channels/Sampled frequency2 channels/48 kHz
5.1 channels/48 kHz
Container formatMPEG-2 System (.M2TS or .MTS file extension)
CompatibilityCompatible 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