12 Facts About AVCHD


AVCHD is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video.

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Panasonic released the first AVCHD camcorder aimed at the professional market in 2008, though it was nothing more than the FLASH card consumer model rebadged with a different model number.

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At the file system level, the structure of AVCHD is derived from the Blu-ray Disc specification, but is not identical to it.

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AVCHD-SD is used in the shoulder-mount Panasonic HDC-MDH1, as well as on its North American AG-AC7 cousin.

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AVCHD specification allows using recordable DVDs, memory cards, non-removable solid-state memory and hard disk drives as recording media.

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Such AVCHD discs are incompatible with regular DVD-Video players, but play in many Blu-ray Disc players.

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Some AVCHD camcorders come with built-in solid-state memory either as a sole media, or in addition to other media.

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AVCHD Lite is a subset of AVCHD format announced in January 2009, which is limited to 720p60,720p50 and 720p24 and does not employ Multiview Video Coding.

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Consequently, AVCHD-playback is not universally supported across Blu-ray Disc players.

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Panasonic AVCHD camcorders offer interlaced, progressive scan or native progressive recording and combinations of these modes depending on a particular model.

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Consumer Sony AVCHD camcorders released before 2011 could record 1080-line interlaced video only, while the prosumer HDR-AX2000 and professional HXR-NX5 cameras were capable of recording in interlaced and progressive formats.

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In 2010, Sony introduced AVCHD to selected members of its Cybershot line of digital cameras.

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