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Old January 5th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #16
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Hi Ron

With weddings I have the situation that all the couples have a honking great 52" plasma or LCD TV but can't even spell BluRay so all my products have to go out on DVD.

My testing was using AVCHD raw footage (1920x1080((it's actually 1440x1080 due to the PAR!!) and then the same footage transcoded to HDV (1440x1080) via Upshift and finally the same footage transcoded to AVI Widescreen with Panasonics MainConcept Transcoder.

All 3 samples of footage were then rendered to MPEG2 and dropped onto a DVD and I seriously had a hard time trying to tell them apart on a brand new 42" LCD screen. I got a few other people to look at the footage and most just make an educated guess as to which was better (one even preferred the transcoded AVI)

Sure, AVCHD rendered directly to SD MPEG2 should technically be slightly better but it seems that the human eye cannot detect it all the time!!! It's not full HD so if you do want full HD on BD then your only real option is probably Win7, an OctoCore chip and Vegas 64 bit.

As I need to distribute an SD product transcoding straight to AVI increases by workflow and gives a pretty satisfactory result with lightning fast renders!!

If you go onto the VAAST website and download a trial version of UpShift you can do some tests using HDV footage rather than AVCHD and your computer will be a lot happier!

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