Thanks 4WD and has a boatload of options that i presume are best left alone by neophytes such as myself?
The default Normal
preset is good for anything that isn't device specific. Otherwise, it has presets for Apple/Android devices among others.
I thought the conversion time was a bit long (took 36 mins to do a 3.2 GB file) but it id it with no errors and no questions asked and NO little hand poked out of the screen asking for $$ so I guess this is a really Free version?
It's just a different interface to the HandBrake
engine, a bit easier by default but you can still get in and tweak settings if required.
Otherwise, there's also ClipToolz Convert V2
, (also free - need to use DropBox download link near page bottom), which is designed for quality conversions using ffmpeg
but it has a interesting
interface, (ie. VidCoder is easier).
In theory, given that AVCHD is just MPEG4-AVC + audio in a transport stream, you could just remux the video+audio stream into a MP4 format container which would only take a minute or two.
eg. Using ffmpeg in a CLI:ffmpeg -i inputvideo.m2ts -c:v copy -c:a copy outputvideo.mp4
The media player just needs to be able to handle whatever audio format the stream is, most likely AC-3 if it's from a camcorder.