How to convert AVCHD file to AVI format?

One of our users write us an email:

Hi, I bought a new Canon HD Camcorder ( Canon VIXIA HG20) that records videos in 1080i format with a *.mts extension. It said that it is encoded with AVCHD codecs. I want to play such files with my Windows Media Player or Quicktime Player. I don't want to spend extra hundreds of bucks for a professional avchd editor, so I am trying to find a free software that will convert avchd mts recordings to other common formats. How do I do this? It is annoying thing for newbies like me. Do you know of any such free software ?

I recommend AVCHD Converter. It converts mts files (actually avchd) to avi perfectly.

Supported OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 and Windows 8 丨丨 Mac OS X 10.9(Mavericks), 10.8, 10.7, 10.6

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Download and install AVCHD Converter on your computer

There are two versions(Win and Mac Ver.) available. Please download the suitable one for your PC.

Step 1. Import AVCHD (.mts) video files by clicking mts file connection tool button.

If you have a bunch of mts files, you can try to drag them all into the control panel.

Step 2. You can preview the outputs in the built-in Preview Window. You can control the play speed and volume, etc.

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Step 3. Choose Preset output profile from "Profiles" box. If you is to convert avchd to avi files, choose avi format. It is compatiable with windows media player. If you use Quicktime Player, you need to convert to mov or mp4 formats.

Step 4. Choose Target Destination from "Destination" box.

Step 5. Press "Convert" button to convert your Canon avchd video recorded files.

This is the conversion window.

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