Recording Formats: Available Options (AVCHD/MP4) and Setting Procedures (VIXIA HF R60/R62/R600)

Article ID: ART100367 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 08/14/2015


Recording Formats: Available Options (AVCHD/MP4) and Setting Procedures (VIXIA HF R60/R62/R600)


You can choose to record movies in AVCHD or MP4 format.

Differences between AVCHD and MP4

AVCHD movies are ideal for playback with fantastic picture quality.

  • MP4
MP4 movies are versatile and can easily be played back on smartphones or uploaded to the Web.

Selecting the Movie Recording Format

1. Touch [ ].

2. Drag your finger left/right to bring the [Recording Setup] menu to the center, and then touch the icon to open it.

3. Touch [Movie Format].

4. Touch [ ] or [ ].

5. Touch [ ].

6. Touch [ ].

Selecting the Video Quality

The camcorder offers several video quality options (bit rates) for recording movies. For AVCHD movies, select or for higher quality or for longer recording times. Similarly, for MP4 movies, select 35 Mbps or 24 Mbps for higher quality or 4 Mbps for longer recording times.
  • If you select 60P or 35 Mbps, movies will be recorded at 60 frames per second, progressive.
  • Bit rate (measured in Mbps) indicates how much video data is recorded in 1 second.
  • Depending on the device used, you may not be able to play back your recordings on other devices.
  • Movies recorded in 60P or MXP mode cannot be saved on AVCHD discs. You can copy such movies from the memory card onto Blu-ray discs using a Blu-ray Disc recorder that has an SD card slot and is compatible with AVCHD ver. 2.0.
  • The camcorder uses a variable bit rate (VBR) to encode video so the actual recording times will vary depending on the content of the scenes.
The following types of MP4 scenes will be recognized as multiple files on other devices.
- Scenes exceeding 4 GB.
- Scenes recorded at 35 Mbps exceeding 30 minutes.
- Scenes recorded at a video quality other than 35 Mbps exceeding 1 hour.



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