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This is quite a simple tutorial in which I show you how to convert AVCHD Video files into smaller MPEG2 Standard Defintion files using Media Converter 7 by Arcsoft.

There are literally hundreds of Video and Audio Converter programs available to use - some of them free and some you have to pay for. I have lost count of how many different media converters I have tested over the last couple of years. One thing is for sure, many of the programs do not live up to the hype on their websites. Basically there are not many media converters that convert video accurately, being able to maintain the correct frame rate and video/audio sync.

Six months ago I got a recommendation to try Media Converter 7 by Arcsoft. I can safely say that it does a really good job at converting a large number of Video Codecs into many different Output types for a significant amount of Media Devices. I specifically use this program to convert the AVCHD Video from my HD Camera into small Standard Definition MPEG2 video files, ready for Proxy Video Editing.

IMPORTANT UPDATE October 2014 - please read !

Media Converter by Arcsoft is no longer available. Arcsoft has withdrawn this product from service.

There are many different Media Converter software programs available. A free one that works very well is Any Video Converter.
You can download directly from this link:

Watch my video I will walk you through how to create a Custom Template for converting your video.


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    Bill · 09:28 10/05/2014
    Every time I use Mark's DVD Bit Rate Converter DVD Architect tell me that the file is too large for the DVD
    I am using the 4.7 GB disk
    My video is 1hr 50min long
    What am I doing wrong
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      · 13:18 10/05/2014
      I can guess exactly what the problem is.
      You must make sure that the Project Properties in DVD Architect match exactly the Properties for the video you rendered in Movie Studio.
      MPEG2 Videos for DVD will be either NTSC 720x480-30i, PAL 720x576-25i or NTSC 720x480-24p.
      If you render to NTSC settings but set DVD Architect to PAL settings (or vice versa), your custom bit rates mean nothing and DVD Architect will think it has to convert the video and use normal bit rates.
      If you are unsure what settings to look at, please post this question on the Forum under DVD Architect Studio and I will upload some screen shots for you.

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