Timothy B. answered 12/19/20
Video production tutor
Yes...HOWEVER, AVCHD will be better quality but can be more tempermental for editing software running on Mac's and PC's with minimum hardware spec's. AVCHD works by recording a clip then adding the changes to that clip instead of compressing the whole shot like .mp4. The result is you need more horse power (especially RAM) on your editing machine to edit or convert a AVCHD clip because of the lesser video file compression. This used to happen to me on my older PC based editing machine. When I upgraded computers the issue resolved. So, mp4 is more computer friendly especially for faster moving shots like sporting events. AVCHD will provide better depth, color and clarity for things like interviews and slow moving scenics. If your camera has an HDMI output, try playing back your shots from the camera to the computer directly instead of using the SD card. A simple USB to HDMI converter is much cheaper than a new computer and software. Camera playback will be more shot stable and cleaner if your computer is having an issue.