There are many media formats out there and every file has its own requirements. What works for one file may not work for another. As a result, a new market has opened up on the interwebs. The online world is rife with instructional videos that can teach you how to convert avchd to mp4, or mp4 to avi, or avi to flv and so and so forth. There are even online/offline tools that do it free of cost.

Most of these tools are easy to work with and conversions can be made with a few clicks. Hundreds of online and offline software are available that make these changes seamless. Most of these converters are free and easy to download on the internet. Moreover, there are some offline media players that handle the task immaculately and effortlessly.

However, figuring out how to convert avchd into mp4 can be a bit of a challenge. Avchd stands for Advanced Video Coding High Definition, and was developed in 2006 by Sony and Panasonic for high-quality recording and playback of videos. The format is now used to store digital files recorded on high definition camcorders. The extension used for avchd files is .m2ts.

Mp4 stands for MPEG-4 and it was launched in 1998 by Motion Pictures Expert Group. It uses compression of audio and video files to create high-quality videos that are smaller in size. The extension for mp4 files is .mp4. The software is used to share videos on the web, because of its compatibility with PC as well as mobile browsers.

Other common video formats include MOV, which is used by Macintosh users to share files among themselves and can be played on QuickTime player. The video quality is high and file sizes usually run quite large. WMV, or Windows Media Video curates small sized videos that have poor quality. However, the advantage of this format is that these are the only videos that can be shared over email.

AVI, the oldest and default video format in the world was developed by Microsoft and can be run on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and web players. The versatility of this format has made it the most popular in the world. FLV, or Flash Video Format, is the most commonly used player on the internet.  The FLV files are also small in size without compromising on quality. Since most websites like YouTube use FLV files, the extension is pre-installed on almost all web browsers these days.