Ah, there IS a way to retain the original 60p quality of the edited Panasonic TM700 material!

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by David Ruether, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. Ah, there IS a way to retain the original 60p 1920x1080 quality of the
    edited Panasonic HDC-TM700 material for archiving! Blu-ray's 25Mbps
    60i was not sufficient (there was noticeable loss of sharpness compared
    with the original, but Blu-ray is still a good format for displaying the edited
    material). I found the answer while looking around in Vegas Pro 8 at
    available format types. MainConcept AVC/AAC, with custom settings of
    1920x1080p (no interlacing), "Main", 59.940060fps, CBR at 35 or 50
    Mbps produces .exf files that do what I was looking for. The render time
    may be lengthy, but worth it to be able to preserve edited video at the
    highest quality. BTW, it appears to be easier to edit the 28Mbps VBR
    60p AVCHD camera files on my computer than 60i 17Mbps AVCHD
    files, or even lower quality material, like AVCHD Lite, although the
    "winnuh an' troo champeen" for easy editing is still HDV (And I chose
    that format for editing a friend's collection of compact camera .MOV and
    ..AVC videos and stills from a European trip [with reframing, and with
    adding motion to some photos]).
    David Ruether, Jan 6, 2011
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  2. OK, you can archive it that way to a hard drive, right? So where does that
    leave you for showing it? Can you stream that from a hard drive to your
    video display? You must be viewing it on your edit monitor at least. I know
    they have some kind of streaming delivery system from hard drive to video
    display, but I haven't messed with them yet.

    And how long would it take to render out your friend's European vacation
    video? Whew!

    Gary Eickmeier
    Gary Eickmeier, Jan 10, 2011
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  3. This was my main concern for now, being able to archive on hard drives the
    edited material at the original quality. For displaying, there are two options,
    Blu-ray (sufficient for displaying Hollywood movies, right?) and playing from
    the computer to an HD TV via DVI plus audio (for me at the moment...) - and
    a friend just bought a solid-state hard drive that is F A S T, far more than
    sufficent for playing these files smoothly. I can also play to my new 25" 1080p
    editing side-display, viewed close-in...
    I don't know yet...8^) EVERYTHING is filtered heavily, resized, animated,
    and/or rotated. It has been a LOT of work, but most of it looks good at the
    moment (one can perform "magic" with Vegas, especially with using a good
    1080p monitor to see what I'm doing). I chose to work in HDV for its
    relative ease, even though the source material is 720p .mov and .avc and
    the stills are mostly 4000x3000 - but some are mysteriously FAR lower in
    resolution (but "miracles" made it possible to still use them...;-) There are
    almost 200 video clips and stills in the video, and it is likely to be about
    22-25 minutes long (the final render time will be L - O - N - G ! ! !). Also,
    1440x1080 HDV is close enough to 1440x1080 Blu-ray so that making
    a BR file for BR disks will take relatively little time. "Whew!" is right - I
    have spent some long days on this project, and some difficult ones learning
    new "tricks" (I hate learning...;-).
    David Ruether, Jan 10, 2011
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