I would like to transfer my videos which are in avchd format. Can it be done and in HD? I have a Mac.
did Joseph's suggestions work for you? Please let us know. Thank you!
Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) is considered to be the go-to application for video conversion on the Mac. It's free and supports .m2ts (AVCHD) files as input. It is available for Macs running Leopard and Snow Leopard and comes in 32-but and 64-bit flavors. It has been mentioned on MakeUseOf and Lifehacker, among other websites.
To make conversion as pleasurable an experience as possible, Lifehacker created a set of Handbrake presets designed for iPads and iPhone 4's. You can find them at http://lifehacker.com/5572037/handbrake-presets-for-your-new-ipad-or-iphone-4 and install them by unzipping, and going to File/Import in Handbrake and installing the appropriate presets. There are three available - SD, 720p HD, and an in-between resolution called iFrame. It's promoted by Apple and is suggested as a mix between quality and filesize.
Then, in Handbrake, choose your video to import (a dialog should appear when you start Handbrake) and Handbrake will analyze it. Hit Toggle Presets in the icon drawer (upper right) and pick the preset you want to use. Choose a destination directory, then hit Start (2nd icon in the drawer). Alternatively, you can add it to the queue (4th icon in the drawer) and then, once you've built up a queue, start the queue (this is ideal for converting a batch of videos overnight).
Then, import the transcoded videos into iTunes and sync your iPad.
There you go!