In today’s digital world, AVCHD is getting less popular than ever before, but in some cases, you might run into AVCHD files but you have no idea to play AVCHD files. Then you can try to convert AVCHD to other video formats that are more common, like MKV. You might have heard about AVCHD and MKV before, but do you know how to convert AVCHD to MKV? Today we'll talk about AVCHD and MKV and see how to convert AVCHD to MKV in different scenarios. As we all know, with large-screen HDTVs increasingly moving into home, home cameras are also facing the need to upgrade to HD, and AVCHD and MKV are meeting some of our needs. Now let's talk about the following sections.

Part 1: What is AVCHD?

AVC is short for advanced video encoding, HD is short for English High Definition, which refers to images or videos with a vertical resolution greater than or equal to 720, also known as HD. So what is AVCHD? Actually, AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding HD) is a file format for digital and high-definition motion video playback. Developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic in 2006, the format is primarily used for HD consumption cameras images or HD video, Its main purpose is to standardize the order of today's civil high-definition digital camera market, with standards to build a level playing field. Do you know how to play AVCHD?

How to play AVCHD?

Leawo Blu-ray Player (Windows & Mac):

You can use Leawo Blu-ray Player to play AVCHD video files. No matter you are Windows users or Mac users, you can use Leawo Blu-ray Player or Leawo Blu-ray Player for Mac to play AVCHD video files. It is extremely easy for you to play AVCHD video file with Leawo Blu-ray Player. Most importantly, this AVCHD video player is totally free of charge.


Player Xtreme Media Player (iOS):

Key features are the slim and sleek design of the player and the easiness of downloading it to make sure that the best is provided within no time at all. It is also one of the best players which can be used in this regard.


BS player (Android):

Key features of BS player are the best and fast layout that has been embedded within the sumptuous buttons which are not only easy to operate but also make sure that the user experience is enhanced within no time at all.


Part 2: Convert AVCHD to MKV with Leawo Video Converter

We know that AVCHD is a currently used movie format for Sony, Panasonic and others. Cameras and AVCHD files usually have MTS or M2TS file extensions. MKV is a popular format that is generally used to store multiple video and audio streams in a single file. Leawo Video Converter is helpful for AVCHD to MKV conversion. It can be used as a professional AVCHD to MKV converter, and it can easily convert AVCHD to MKV format on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 computers with just a few simple clicks. It can also convert video files in other formats, including MP4, AVI, FLV, MTS, M2TS, MKV, MPEG, WMV, MOV, etc. Its Mac version allows Mac users to perform the same tasks on Mac OS X. Follow these steps and you'll learn how to convert AVCHD to MKV on your PC using Leawo Video Converter.

The AVCHD video is transmitted from the camera to the computer via cable. Before that, you should download and install Leawo Video Converter on our website or other channels. Okay, let's go about the steps.

Step 1: Import Source AVCHD Video Files
Start Leawo Video Converter, go to the Convert tab, and then click the Add Video button on the sub-menu to load the source AVCHD video file. After loading, you can play AVCHD video files, select subtitles and audio tracks from the source AVCHD video file, add external subtitles to the loaded AVCHD video file, edit the loaded AVCHD video file, etc.


Step 2: Set MKV as Output Format
Click the drop-down box next to the Add Photos button. In the drop-down list, select the Change option.


Then, in the profile window that pops up, select "MKV" as the output format from the "Format" column.


Note: If you want, you can click the Edit button in the drop-down profile settings box to adjust video and audio parameters such as video codec, aspect ratio, frame rate, resolution, audio codec, bit rate, channel, sample rate, etc.


Step 3: Convert AVCHD to MKV
Click the green "Convert" button on the sub-menu bar next to the formatting drop-down box. Then, set up the output directory on the pop-up sidebar. After you set up the output directory, click the Convert button at the bottom. Leawo Video Converter will immediately begin converting AVCHD to MKV.


Note: Mac users can convert AVCHD to MKV on the Mac using Leawo Video Converter for Mac. It’s so convenient and effective.

Part 3: Convert AVCHD to MKV with Freemake

Besides, you can use Freemake to convert AVCHD to MKV free and in high quality. The detailed steps to convert AVCHD to MKV are nearly the same as that of Leawo Video Converter. Import AVCHD to Freemake, choose MKV as video output, and start to convert AVCHD to MKV. For details steps, please check the following description.

Step 1: Import AVCHD to Freemake
Download and install Freemake on your computer, kick off Freemake, and click “+Video” button to choose and import AVCHD video files. Also, it’s possible to drag and drop multimedia clips into the freeware.


Step 2: Choose MKV Output Video Format
Hit the “to MKV” button on the lower formats bar of the free AVCHD to MP4 conversion application to pop up a small window.


Step 3: Convert AVCHD to MKV
Click “Convert” button in the pop-up window to start converting AVCHD to MKV. The conversion process may take some time depending on your original file size and length.

Part 4: Convert AVCHD to MKV with OnlineConverter

If you don’t want to install a piece of third-party software on your computer, you can just try some online converter to convert AVCHD to MKV online. Here I recommend OnlineConverter.

This online AVCHD to MKV converter can easily convert AVCHD to MKV in three easy steps. Those steps apply to Mac computers as well.


Step 1: Select an AVCHD file (such as *.mts, *.m2ts).
Step 2: Click button "Convert" to start to upload your file.
Step 3: Once upload completed, converter will redirect a web page to show the conversion result.

Online video converter is free but it does not support large-size files. If your file is large in size, it might fail to convert between two formats. Worse still, online video converter doesn’t support encrypted or protected video files.

Part 5: Convert AVCHD to MKV with Convertio

Another online AVCHD to MKV converter I recommend here is Convertio. But this online video converter supports 100MB maximum file size. If your AVCHD file is larger than 100MB size, you need to switch to other ways to convert AVCHD to MKV. Check out the steps below to convert AVCHD to MKV with Convertio.


Step 1: Upload Video
Select or directly drag and drop target AVCHD files into the converter. It is possible for you to upload a video file from your Google Drive or Dropbox account.

Step 2: Choose MKV Output Format
After your AVCHD video files are uploaded, choose MKV as output video format.

Step 3: Adjust Video Parameters
If necessary, you can adjust video parameters such as resolution, quality, aspect ratio and others by clicking the gear icon. Click “Convert” to begin conversion process.

Step 4: Download Converted Video
Once your video is converted and edited, you can download it to your Mac, PC or another device. If necessary, save the file to your Dropbox or Google Drive account.

See? It is extremely easy to convert AVCHD to MKV with an AVCHD to MKV video converter. You are free to choose any of those 4 methods, but some of them might have a restriction, like file-size limitation, not support for protected video files, etc. In my eyes, Leawo Video Converted is the best one among those 4 methods as it is user-friendly and provides outstanding features for you to convert files from one format to another format. More than a video converter, Leawo Video Converter is a video editor as well. You can download and install the program to find out more features yourself. After getting converted MKV files, you can easily enjoy the video. Besides those 4 video converters, do you run into other video converters able to convert AVCHD to MKV? Please let us know in the comment area.