What is AVCHD?


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AVCHD stands for Advanced Video Coding High Definition. It is a codec used for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic in 2006.

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For video recording, the codec uses H.264, MPEG-4 part 10, which supports the standard video resolutions of 480, 720 and 1080. For audio recording, it supports Dolby Digital as well as uncompressed linear PCM, stereo and surround sound 5.1. AVCHD is typically used in digital camcorders, though some may only offer a limited range of resolutions as recording options. AVCHD is compatible with the Blu-ray disc format, but not all Blu-ray players are compatible with AVCHD videos recorded on DVDs.

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