Originally Posted by MovieSwede
AVCHD supports a wide range of audio and video settings including 1920*1080
But it has a bitrate limit of 18mbit/s for video.
Nero has AVCHD encoding, but it aint losslees (that would need maybe 20X the bitrate)
18Mbps would probably be more than satisfactory for my needs. When I said lossless, what I meant was lossless conversion of the same file format/codec from one container to another, such as an H.264/MOV -> H.264/MP4. (I'm still a bit new to the HDM game, so you'll have to bear with me if I misspeak, or get my codecs confused with my containers.)
What is your source?
Starting format could be a variety of things. At the moment, most of my homespun stuff simply begins as sequences of BMPs or PNGs, and WAV files. H.264 MOVs are also a likely starting format. My workflow could be adjusted to accomodate others as well. To make this worthwhile though, the software needs to be cheap, the workflow simple, and the final output reasonably high quality, since this would likely be just a stopgap until Blu-ray or HD-DVD burners come down in price.
The only applications I use for video now are Quicktime (PC) and DVD Movie Factory. Quicktime Pro appears to have no AVCHD output option at the moment, but perhaps that's something they're working on, since it's another variation on the H.264 theme. IAC, if Nero can do HD encoding comparable to (or better than?) QT, and produce something BD or HD-DVD players can recognize and play well, I'm certainly open to giving it a try.
Great input btw folks. Thanks.