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Old Mar 31, 2010, 9:52 AM   #1
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I'm now looking deeply into rendering AVCHD lite video into a HD quality video file that will have the following criteria:

1. Compatible with iTunes, XBOX and iPhone
2. Excellent file size to save on storage
3. Near quality & same resolution to the original AVCHD lite file.

I'll let you know how I get on, but please do add to this thread as I'll need all the input I can get.

FYI: I've aquired Sony Vegas to help with the rendering as I've heard good things about this software.
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And yes, this could go in the AVCHD sticky, but it's getting too convoluted to deal with what I'm trying to achieve.
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I would like to get a list of software and the version numbers that will edit and convert AVCHD-Lite files without loss in quality.
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Cyberlink PowerDirector 8 Ultra. Everything you need. For AVCHD, edit, convert. View make DVD's. It's the best Video editor I have ever saw, and I have used many.
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Cyberlink PowerDirector 8 Ultra. Everything you need. For AVCHD, edit, convert. View make DVD's. It's the best Video editor I have ever saw, and I have used many.
I've tried the trial. Another nice thing about this is that it utilises the added power of your graphics card by using either Nvidea CUDA or ATI Stream, making conversions over twice as fast and not bogging your PC down at the same time. The other one that does this is Mediashow Espresso, which is part of the Cyberlink suite.
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FYI. http://www.flickr.com/groups/fz35/di...7623103466520/
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Sony Vegas is ok, but it does not have as many effects, and other options like power director. Plus Sony Vegas is twice as hard to learn. But it is a Pro video editor, just not much good for beginners, or as fun to use.
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I am using Sony Vegas for editing of the AVCHD lite files of the FZ35 - and got used to it quite rapidly. It hasn't so many fancy style presets as other editing programs but I like it. I just posted another video from the FZ35 edited in Vegas on vimeo:

www.vimeo.com/10590284
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Old Apr 4, 2010, 2:06 PM   #9
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Hi Guy's, sry for the delay but I've been busy with our new baby.

I've found the below give the best compatibility with video software and it reduces the file size by 50%, while keeping the 720 high resolution.



I highly recommend rendering your AVCHD files to the above as it make your movies easy to share and playback.

If anyone thinks otherwise, do let me know as there's nothing worse than rendering all you movies files only to find there is another format that will yield better performance on screen and on your hard drive etc..

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Old Apr 4, 2010, 2:57 PM   #10
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declank, on my Win 7 PC I convert all my MTS files to WMV format.
I am using the standard Windows Live Movie Maker that comes pre-installed with Win 7.
I save them using the HD 720 option (1280x720)- 6.03Mbps, and it shrinks the file
to about 50%. I can't even see any noticeable difference when compared to the original MTS file.
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