How to Easily and Quickly Convert AVCHD to MOV

AVCHD files are mainly designed to digitally record and play videos in HD camcorders which has many advantages over conventional HD videos. But, because of AVCHD’s incompatibility with the majority of portable devices, many users consider converting AVCHD to MOV and other formats to allow them to play their videos on Mac and Windows media players. Another thing is that you cannot upload AVCHD videos to YouTube.

So in this article, we will be giving you easy ways to convert AVCHD files to MOV online and offline on your Mac and Windows computers. But before that, let us start with an introduction to AVCHD, MOV, and QuickTime along with the advantages of converting AVCHD to MOV in the next sections.

Contents GuidePart 1. Introduction to AVCHD MTS Videos and QuickTime’s MOV VideosPart 2. Advantages of AVCHD to MOV ConversionPart 3. Easy Methods to Convert AVCHD to MOV on Mac and Windows PCPart 4. In Conclusion

Part 1. Introduction to AVCHD MTS Videos and QuickTime’s MOV Videos

What is AVCHD

AVCHD stands for Advanced Video Codec High Definition. It is a video format for HD cameras and camcorders and uses the H.264 compression for videos. This allows you to save large files created using HD recording on digital files such as your hard drives and DVD discs.

What is MOV

MOV video files are common formats for multimedia which are often used to save movies including other videos using a compression algorithm that is developed by Apple. They are compatible with Windows and Macintosh platforms - one of the main reasons why you should convert an AVCHD file to MOV.

What is QuickTime

QuickTime, a framework for multimedia files, is developed by Apple. This framework consists of the following:

  • Common API sets for decoding and encoding videos and audios
  • QuickTime player
  • The QuickTime MOV format for movies.

Tip: How to Solve The Issue of QuickTime Won't Play MOV?

Part 2. Advantages of AVCHD to MOV Conversion

  • You can play and edit MOV files without rewriting any code, unlike AVCHD raw files. You can only play or edit AVCHD videos if you have a high-end graphics card and computer CPU.
  • You can easily play MOV files using Mac’s QuickTime player which you can download and use for free. Not converting AVCHD into MOV format will take you a lot of time before you can find players that will work for AVCHD.
  • One of MOV’s dominant features is it can embed itself fluidly within programs. The use of MOV files in Powerpoint presentations is an excellent example.
  • You can also MOV files a lot of websites that automatically play videos.

Bonus Tips: How to convert AVCHD videos to MP4?

Convert AVCHD to MOV

Part 3. Easy Methods to Convert AVCHD to MOV on Mac and Windows PC

Method 1. Converting AVCHD to MOV Format Without Losing Quality Offline

For this method, we recommend using DumpMedia Video Converter as a tool for converting various multimedia files such as AVCHD to MOV. DumpMedia is a powerful and high-speed all-in-one audio and video converter, downloader, editor, and player. It can convert your multimedia files into many formats with minimum quality loss. Enjoy the convenience of a friendly interface equipped with a lot of features to meet all of your video needs.

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Features of DumpMedia Video Converter:

  • Enhancement of video quality. Fix dark, overexposed, and shaky videos by upscaling from SD to HD video resolution and adjusting the brightness and contrast of your videos.
  • Video editing. Clip, crop, rotate and add watermarks to your videos. Aside from the brightness and contrast, you can also adjust the hue, saturation, and volume of your videos. You can even combine multiple videos into one single file and preview the results in real-time.
  • Video and audio conversion. Convert your audio and video files to your desired high-quality formats to eliminate playback incompatibility issues.
  • Support for various devices. DumpMedia supports many devices such as iPod, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry, Nokia Lumia, Google Nexus, and others.
  • Supports video conversion to and from different resolutions. Convert your videos to and from SD, HD, FHD, and UHD resolutions. You can also rip your homemade DVDs to MP4.
  • Ultra-high video conversion speed. Convert your video files 6x faster than normal without quality loss and re-compression.

For more information about DumpMedia and its supported formats and devices, feel free to check out this page link.

Now, to convert your multimedia files to your desired formats, download the software first and follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download the DumpMedia application

Step 2: Launch the DumpMedia application

Step 3: Add your AVCHD video file to the application

Step 4: Choose your desired output format and destination folder

Step 5: Start the conversion process

Below are the more detailed steps for converting your AVCHD files to MOV format using DumpMedia.

Step 1: Download the DumpMedia application

Before you can start using the application, of course you need to download the software first. The good news is, DumpMedia has a free Mac version for you to try the software first before you decide on whether it is the right tool for you or not but we assure you that you will not be disappointed with its features.

Step 2: Launch the DumpMedia application

After downloading the DumpMedia installer, launch the application by following the steps below for Windows and MacOS operating systems.

For Windows users:

  • Go to the Search icon (magnifying glass) beside the Windows icon in your computer’s Task Bar.
  • Type DumpMedia on the text field.
  • Click on the DumpMedia application on the search results.

For MacOS users:

  • Click on the Launchpad icon in your computer’s Dock. The launchpad icon is a gray circle with a darker gray rocket at the center.
  • Type DumpMedia on the Search bar at the topmost part
  • Hit the Return button on your keyboard to launch the application.

Step 3: Add your AVCHD video file to the application

Click the Add Files button located at the top-left section of the interface to import your files or you can drag-and-drop them directly into the main interface.

Add Video Files

Step 4: Choose your desired output format and destination folder

Look for the Convert all tasks to text at the top right corner of the interface. Select your desired output format. At the bottom of the interface, click on the Browse button and browse your computer to the desired destination folder of the converted files.

Step 5: Start the conversion process

Click the Convert button to start the conversion of your AVCHD file. Wait for the conversion to complete.

Method 2. Converting AVCHD to MOV Using Online Tools

Tool #1. Convertio

To convert your AVCHD file to MOV using Convertio, follow these steps:

Step 1. Navigate to Convertio’s website.

Access to your browser’s address bar.

Step 2. Upload your AVCHD file to the website.

Upload your video file by dragging it on the page or by selecting from your computer, Dropbox, Google Drive, or by entering the URL.

Step 3. Choose MOV as the output format.

Click on the drop-down arrow at the right side of the label and choose MOV.

Step 4. Start the conversion process.

Click on the Convert button and wait for your AVCHD file to convert.

Step 5. Download your converted MOV file to your computer.

Click on the Download button. A new window will appear allowing you to choose the file location you want your MOV file to be saved. Choose your desired location and change the filename if necessary. Click on the Save button and wait for the download to finish.

Tool #2. Onlineconvertfree.com

To convert an AVCHD file to MOV using Onlineconvertfree.com, follow these steps:

Step 1. Navigate to Onlineconvertfree.com’s video converter website.

Access to your browser’s address bar.

Step 2. Upload your AVCHD file to the website.

Scroll down until you see the big grey rectangle with Choose file to convert written inside it. Click on the Choose File button. Note that the online converter only allows you to convert a minimum of two video files. So you need to choose two.

A new window will appear. Browse your computer for the two AVCHD video files that you want to convert to MOV. Click on the Ok button to add your file. After your file is successfully uploaded, the content of the grey rectangle will change.

Step 3. Choose MOV as the output file.

Below the list of your videos is a CONVERT ALL TO dropdown button. Click on it. Scroll down, look for MOV, and click on it.

Step 4. Start the conversion process.

Click on the Convert button below the rectangle. Wait for the conversion to finish.

Step 5. Download your MOV files.

Locate your converted MOV videos by scrolling down. Click on the Download button beside each video. When a window appears allowing you to choose the file location you want your MOV video to be saved, choose your desired location and change the filename if necessary. Click on the Save button. Wait for the download to finish.

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Part 4. In Conclusion

In this article, we discussed the following:

  • Definition of AVCHD, MOV, and QuickTime
  • Advantages of converting AVCHD to MOV
  • Converting AVCHD to MOV offline using DumpMedia Video Converter
  • Two online tools to convert AVCHD to MOV

AVCHD camcorder videos are incompatible with many devices and you will not easily find players that can handle AVCHD videos. Because of this, there is a need to convert AVCHD to MOV format so that you can play them even on your Windows computers. Hopefully, we were able to give you what you were looking for in this article.

By the way, check out our other blogs for more guides on other software issues and how to solve them.

The Author of article.

Written By Rosie

An editorial director of DumpMedia, who writes high-quality product tutorials, reviews, tips, and tricks regularly.

Last updated: 2019-09-23

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