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Ways to Play AVCHD Videos on Mac OS X (including 10.11 El Capitan)

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AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) is high definition camcorder video format jointly developed by Panasonic and Sony for use in consumer camcorders. It is a form of video compression that allows the large data files created by HD video recording to be captured and saved on digital media such as hard disk drives and flash memory cards.

There are cases that you would like to play AVCHD videos with QuickTime or edit the camcorder movies by using Final Cut Pro on Mac. Here I want to ask you some questions. How do you play AVCHD on Mac? Have you ever encountered problem in watching AVCHD videos on your Mac? Do you want to enjoy AVCHD videos on your iPhone or iPad? Well, some useful methods are collected here to tell you how to view AVCHD on Mac.

Method 1: Play AVCHD video on Mac with AVCHD Players

AVCHD videos are not supported by QuickTime player on Mac. Therefore, getting an AVCHD player in hand is quite necessary for viewing AVCHD videos on Mac OS X (El Capitan). Below are some available AVCHD video players for Mac.

VLC Media Player

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VLC Media Player is one of the widely used multimedia players. It’s free and supports playing tons of format like AVCHD, MPEG, FLV, AVI, MOV and many more. VLC media player is easy to handle and is regarded as the best alternative to iTunes and RealPlayer. This AVCHD video player offers Windows version as well as Mac version (Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.6).

MPlayer OSX

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Watching AVCHD videos on Mac with MPlayer OSX is easy as it is a binary distribution of MPlayer that compatible with Mac OS X. It is impressed by its powerful features to play virtually any video/audio files in the window of full screen mode. This AVCHD player for Mac also enjoys fast response speed and extensively supports keyboard shortcuts. The supported OS is Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Method 2: View AVCHD video files by converting AVCHD to Mac friendly format

Even there are so much decent AVCHD video players for Mac available to choose, limitations still exist. For example, how do you watch AVCHD videos on your iPhone or iPad? Well, here’s the solution. Converting AVCHD videos to Mac/mobile devices like iPad, iPhone, Android phones compatible format is a commonly used way to achieve the goal to easily enjoy AVCHD video files on the go.

To conduct the conversion on Mac, you can apply Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac which is well known for its excellent performance on converting video/audio format. This Mac AVCHD converter can convert between virtually any popular video/audio format, like AVCHD, AVI, WMV, MOV, M4V, FLV, MPEG, WebM, DivX, XviD, MTS, M2TS, DV, MP3, WMA, M4A, AIFF and many more.

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Moreover, you can customize the AVCHD files with the built-in editor. The supported editing features include trimming the videos to small segments, crop the video frame size, adjust the video effects and parameters like brightness, contrast, saturation, add watermarks, import subtitles and more. There is also Windows equivalence available to choose if you are Windows users. That is Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate that enjoys all features of the Mac one.

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By using method above, watching AVCHD video files on Mac is not a problem anymore. Just select the most suitable one to your situation.

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