Panasonic HDC-SD3-S

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Lars Schouw, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Lars Schouw

    Lars Schouw Guest

    Just to clarify I did not chat with Corel support just send a message
    on the support forum and did not check if there was any answers there
    Lars Schouw, Jul 8, 2007
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  2. Lars Schouw

    jerry Guest

    It can end up almost any way you wish.

    Ulead seems to suggest that one should convert the AVCHD file into a
    high definition MPEG-2 file for editing.

    So let's assume your AVCHD camcorder only supports the 1440 x 1080

    You could then convert to the following high definition MPEG-2 file:

    MPEG files
    24 bits, 1440 x 1080, 29.97 fps
    Upper Field First
    (MPEG-2), 16:9
    Video data rate: Variable (Max. 18000 kbps)
    Audio data rate: 224 kbps
    MPEG audio layer 2, 48 KHz, Stereo

    Let's assume your AVCHD camcorder supports full raster 1920 x 1080.

    You could then convert using these parameters:

    MPEG files
    24 bits, 1920 x 1080, 29.97 fps
    Upper Field First
    (MPEG-2), 16:9
    Video data rate: Variable (Max. 25000 kbps)
    Audio data rate: 224 kbps
    MPEG audio layer 2, 48 KHz, Stereo

    And then you could edit the high definition MPEG-2 files natively
    within the timeline with full smart mpeg render support by editing
    your project settings to precisely match the properties of your
    converted MPEG-2 files.

    This would confine any new rendering only to frames changed by titles,
    transitions or filters.

    After editing, the high definition MPEG-2 could be exported to "HD

    Jerry Jones
    jerry, Jul 8, 2007
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  3. Lars Schouw

    jerry Guest

    When Corel VideoStudio "captures" your AVCHD video from your memory
    card, the software simply re-writes the header of the file on the card
    so that it resides -- without any quality loss -- within an MPEG-2
    transport stream.

    When I capture from the Sony HDR-UX1 AVCHD camcorder, and when I
    capture from the camcorder using Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus, I get .M2T
    file extensions.

    On the other hand, when I use the Sony "Picture Motion Browser"
    software to capture from my camcorder, I get .M2TS file extensions.

    With your camcorder, the file extensions might be a little bit
    different because each manufacturer seems to do it a bit differently.

    I also have the Pinnacle Studio Ultimate 11 software, which is pretty

    It allows you to convert the AVCHD to a very high bit rate MPEG-2

    Jerry Jones
    jerry, Jul 8, 2007
  4. Lars Schouw

    Frank Guest

    Panasonic HDC-SD3-S>,
    Just curious, Jerry, but does either Studio Ultimate 11 or VideoStudio
    11 Plus allow you to retain the 5.1 channel surround sound audio, or
    are you forced to downmix to 2-channel stereo when using these
    Frank, Jul 8, 2007
  5. Lars Schouw

    jerry Guest


    The short answer is "I don't yet know."

    I'm still doing tests with both the Corel and the Pinnacle software
    and I haven't reached that point of testing to see if the 5.1 channel
    sound is retained, but you have posed an excellent question.

    My understanding from reading posts to both forums is that both
    software programs do support this.

    But -- again -- I haven't tested to be sure.

    Sorry, I'll try to get that done soon; I've been very busy with other
    things lately.

    Jerry Jones
    jerry, Jul 8, 2007
  6. Lars Schouw

    Frank Guest

    Panasonic HDC-SD3-S>,
    Okay, thank you. I had asked because I was getting the impression that
    the downmix was inevitable, based upon what I had read elsewhere, and
    that seemed to defeat part of the purpose of the AVCHD format.
    No problem, was just curious.
    Now that's a feeling that I know quite well!
    Frank, Jul 8, 2007
  7. Lars Schouw

    gowtham.m Guest

    Any closure on this matter?
    I am very interested in purchasing a Panny HDC-SD1, but am thinking
    about waiting for a stateside release on the SD3. Editing is important
    to me, are you guys able to edit videos yet? Is this SD3 worth waiting
    for over the SD1?


    gowtham.m, Jul 18, 2007
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