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Visual AVCHD Time Stamp (vATS) is a tool to add date and/or time stamp to the captured AVCHD video files- When videos recorded on an AVCHD camcorder are captured into AVCHD files on a PC, the time codes (date/time when the tape was recorded) are transferred along with the video/audio data to the files. But the time codes are not visible when you view the AVCHD files. By using vATS, the time codes are extracted from the AVCHD files and superimposed onto the videos. vATS 2.0 can now output AVCHD compatible format files. vATS works for AVCHD format files only.

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Latest version

3.6.0 (June 9, 2019)


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Shareware (Free download but time limited software. Full version from $20)

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Version 3.6.0.

For videos of frame doubling mode: make the output frame rate half of the original.

Version 3.5.0.

New feature: support HW decode if new version NVIDIA GPU is available. Also, if such HW decode is used, HW encode of non-native size is also supported.

Version 3.4.0.

New feature: support MP4 output format.

Version 3.3.5.

New feature: speed up the output video playback by up to 10 times. This is done by skipping the output video frames, and should be useful for the surveillance videos.

Version 3.3.3.

Bug fix: vMTS crashes on new NVIDIA drivers for computers with NVIDIA GPU.

Version 3.3.1.

Bug fix: in some cases vATS would crash when previewing large video files.

Version 3.3.0

Recognize some videos (e.g. from Sony Sony HXR-NX30P) that do not seem to have normal date code pattern.

Version 3.2.0

Support native output resolution, i.e. output resolution is the same as input resolution.
Support HW encode acceleration for NVIDIA GPUs based on newer archetectures (i.e. Kepler and Maxwell). The limitation is that only the native output resolution is supported.

Version 3.1.6

The newer NVIDIA driver (> version 335.23) seems to have dropped the nvcuvenc.dll which is required by vATS. This version simply packages nvcuvenc.dll into vATS.

Version 3.1.5

Fixed a problem with vATS running on Windows 8 machines and output format being *.wmv. In such case, vATS sometimes could fail to stamp all the videos files.

Version 3.1.4

Made vATS more tolerant to corrupted audio stream.

Version 3.1.3

Bug fix: run time error on some video files.

Version 3.1.2

Bug fix: run time error when audio is disabled on some video files.

Version 3.1.1

Made vATS to recognize more non-standard AVCHD formats.
Fixed a bug to make vATS more stable.

Version 3.1.0

Added an option to make vATS more tolerant on some non-standard, incorrectly formatted, or corrupt AVCHD video files.
Bug fix on occasional stop on stamping while transitioning from one file to next.

Version 3.0.2

Allow mts output sizes other than the full original sizes. New output sizes include 1920x1080, 1600x900, 1280x720, 960x540, 800x450, 640x360, and 480x270.
Allow disabling of audio in the stamped output files.

Version 3.0.1

Improved the date code parsing to recognize the date code from videos recorded by Sony HX200 camera.

Version 3.0.0

Switched to use Intel's QuickSync decoder/encoder for AVCHD compatible format output. This improved the playback smoothness of the AVCHD output videos. Also, for computers with Intel i5/i7 CPU and HD Graphics 3000/4000, the stamp process is greatly accelerated.

Version 2.1.3

Improved the compatibility of AVCHD output file format. More video editing software should recognize the format now. Among them Sony Vegas Pro 11.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10.

Version 2.1.2

Fix: playback smoothness of compatible AVCHD output file format in non-GPU mode.

Version 2.1.1 (2012-04-17)

Fixed: when the 'Output Video Format' is AVCHD compatible, vATS hangs if the CPU is i7, and NVIDIA GPU is not used.

Version 2.1.0 (2012-04-07)

Added NVIDIA GPU accelerated AVCHD encoding. If a computer is equipped with such GPU, the time stamping could be much faster .

Version 2.0.2 (2012-01-20)

Minor change: Improved the decoding algorithm to recognize more file formats.

Version 2.0.1 (2011-09-18)

Bug fix: relaxed a restriction on encoded stream size.
Removed dependency on NVIDIA GPU driver version, so that newer driver versions can be used seamlessly.

Version 2.0.0 (2011-07-20)

New featue: vATS can now output AVCHD compatible format files.

Version 1.1.4 (2011-04-22)

Bug fix: handling of very small size video file (length < 1 sec).
Bug fix: handling of partial audio packets in a video file.

Version 1.1.3 (2011-03-24)

Bug fix: handling of progressive video file.

Version 1.1.2 (2011-01-01)

* Bug fix: for computers without NVIDIA GPU, or computers with NVIDIA GPU but with older version drivers, turn off the GPU acceleration feature gracefully.

Version 1.1.1 (2010-12-31)

* Bug fix: for some video files, the date/time/frame code may not be calculated correctly.

Version 1.1.0 (2010-12-28)

* Added new feature to use NVIDIA GPU, if possible, for stamp acceleration. See Help->Preferences for details.

Version 1.0.2 (2010-10-23)

* Increased the max bitrate to 30Mbps from 20Mbps.
* Increased the default bitrates for all video sizes.
* Fixed a bug that failed to read date code from some AVCHD files.

Version 1.0.1 (2010-05-27)

* Bug fix: handle video file without date/time code gracefully.
* Enhancement: increased the thickness of the stamp outline.

Version 1.00 (2010-05-10)

* Initial release.
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This is excellent program, but it would be even better is there would be an option to choose. A bunch of separated timestamped files of one joined timestamped file. Do you think you can add this option? If yes, I will buy this program. Otherwise I still have to use other program that does exactly the same, but give me an option to make final single joint file.

Review by Tim on Mar 6, 2019 Version: Visual AVCHD Time Stamp 3.5.0 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 7/10

Just purchased the full version with email support after testing the trial version for couple of weeks, this program works beautifully on all my Sony AVCHD m2ts video files, it easily stamps date & time on all original m2ts files w/o losing any video quality.
For the output video file it offers two choices: WMV or MTS, I'm using the MTS file format and no complaints whatsoever.
You can chose the 12-hr or 24-hr clock and easily position the stamp anywhere on the video.
The Help Guide also easy to work with.
As soon as you have chosen your own favorite settings, you save them of course and therefore you won't have to do it again anytime you go back to the program for another project.
I strongly recommend this program to anyone interested in getting date & time stamped on the video.
I expect in getting any new updated versions via email.

Chris in Toronto, Canada

Review by chris_b on Jun 25, 2014 Version: 3.1.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

Come on man. This is a real good perfect program but why, but why do you have to change the file format? Im trying to modify an existing AVCHD file and it change it into a wmv file. Why not save it as the original file which was m2ts extension? Now im force to look for another program cause what im working with dont recongnize wmv files.

Review by veesmooth on Jul 23, 2013 Version: Visual AVCHD Time Stamp 3.1.0 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 6/10

I have waited a long time for a program like this, and so far this looks good.
It crashes, though, every time I fiddle around with Custom timestamps.

But I have a few questions:
- Where exactly in the metadata does the program retrieve the time/datestamp?
- Is the operation "lossless", so the quality of the file is not decreased?
- Can the program rename the file itself using the same timestamp data? If not, consider this a request :)


Review by Dal on May 13, 2010 Version: 1.0 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 8/10

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