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XAVC S VS AVCHD: Pros and Cons of XAVC S over AVCHD in Quality and File Size

Author by Rocabella

Nov 1, 2017

“Recently, I got a Sony camera but it looks that my card cannot handle XAVC-S and my A7S (Sandisk Extreme Plus >3-10< 80mbs 32GB) doesn't allow me to put in that mode? Do I need another card and should I film in XAVC-S or is AVCHD as good for 1080p?” From the above questions, we can know that many people have no clear idea about XAVC S vs AVCHD and can not make a quick decision of the mode when recording videos. What is the difference between XAVCS vs AVCHD on earth? Well, this guide will compare AVCHD vs XAVC S in detail and let you have a clear mind over AVCHD and XAVC S format.

What is XAVC S?

XAVC S is a subset format of XAVC. It supports HD (1920x1080) and 4K (3840x2160 pixel version), known as Quad Full HD, QFHD, UltraHDTV or UHDTV. XAVC S, which is originally designed for high-definition camcorders use for digital recording and high-definition video playback. XAVC S uses the MP4 file wrapper for greater compatibility and suitability in consumer products and workflows.

Comparison: XAVC S VS AVCHD


AVCHD is a popular HD format using MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video standard along with AC3 and LPCM audio, which normally uses the “MTS” wrapper. Both of XAVC S and AVCHD adopt the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression technology, but they are not compatible. XAVC S is designed for 4K and optimized for consumer use. It has a wide range of applications ranging from professional products to consumer products, from high-end 4K production to online streaming and consumer imaging applications. By contrast, AVCHD is capped at 24Mbps for 1080 50i/50i or 28Mbps for 1080 50P/60P at 4:2:0 8bit sampling. But it's not to say that the former replaces the latter, and that the choice is based on users’ different needs.

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How to Achieve XAVC S MP4 Conversion?

According to the above comparison of XAVCS vs AVCHD, you have already known the difference between the two (XAVC S HD vs AVCHD). But whether XAVC S or AVCHD, it may be incompatible with common players, editing tools and even cannot be played on mobile devices or imported to varied programs. Especially, the large XAVC S 4K video will take up much valuable space, and is not conducive to sharing and uploading. For the average user, there is no need to do a professional post editing, and their more demands are to compress video, play, upload and share video freely. Hence, a powerful video converter as well as a video compressor is very necessary.

HD Video Converter Factory Pro is such a program that allows 4K (UHD) video conversion, designed with advanced high-definition video conversion technology, such as compress and convert 1080p to 720p with intact quality. Besides, you can also customize parameters of output video like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc. Now, just free downloadfree download the XAVC converter on your Windows OS computer.

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Simple Guide on Converting XAVC S Videos

Convert XAVC S File to MP4

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At first, open the program you just installed >> Add/drag-and-drop XAVC S files you want to convert to the software >> Choose MP4 as the target (conversion) format >> Finally, set output folder path and click “Run”. Here is a summary of these actions.

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What is XAVC Format?

Changes from XAVC Ontology

We have already made a comparison of XAVC S vs AVCHD, and now the relevant information of XAVC is expanded. When it comes to XAVC S, you have to know XAVC first. XAVC is a recording format that was introduced by Sony using level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video standard along with uncompressed LPCM audio. XAVC generally uses the MXF container/wrapper, with the audio and video in a single file. While XAVC S is a subset format, using many of the superlative techniques used in XAVC, but intended for consumer products and workflows. It supports resolutions up to 4K 3840x2160, uses MP4 as the container format, and uses either AAC or LPCM for the audio. There are many changes from XAVC ontology, which can be seen in detail.

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