Originally Posted by Don Landis
ericjut- Would you mind clarifying what you did here? Did you use a blank HD-DVD disk in a DVD+R burner and burn the AVCHD files and play on your xbox 360 add on HD DVD player? Or, was it a blank DVD+R disk in a HD-DVD burner and you burned mpeg 2 files? Maybe it would be good to describe the exact steps you took to get the AVCHD files to burn on a disk and play on the xbox360 HD-DVD player.
In another forum, I got into a discussion with a fellow who insisted he was able to burn AVCHD files to a "disk" and play on his xbox360 as well as other HD-DVD players but it turned out all he was doing was shooting the video with an AVCHD camcorder (SR10) then with software, converting to mpeg 2 and burning to a $20 HD-DVD blank which played fine. I understand that since it was essentially an HD-DVD, not what we were intending to do which was put AVCHD files on a 4.7Gb DVD-r and have it play, like the Blue Ray player will, in a xbox360 HD DVD player.
Here's what I did in Pinnacle Plus 11:
- I imported my M2TS files on the timeline.
- In the "Make Move" tab, I selected "HD-DVD" disk type with automatic quality (which is going to encode the disk in 25Mbps MPEG-2).
- I put a 4.7GB DVD+R in my burner.
- I then pressed the "Create Disk" button.
This created an HD-DVD compatible disk using a $0.10 DVD+R medium, which can hold up to 24 minutes. It took about 40 minutes to encode 20 minutes of content on my PC.
I then put the disk in my 360 HD-DVD add-on drive and it played.
I tried the 360 build in drive and it didn't work (looks like it supports disk with HD-DVD layout only in the addon drive).
I then tried it in PowerDVD bluray edition on my PC, and the player was able to playback the disk.
I then finally tried the disk on my standalone HD-DVD player (D-A3) and it worked too (expected).
In other words, you can author HD-DVD layouts on a DVD+R disk and get it to play on the 360 with the add-on HD-DVD drive, which is something I was told was not possible.
While the 360 HD-DVD software can decode H.264, AC3, and possibly even the MPEG2 transport-stream container, I don't think the software is able to deal with the AVCHD disk layout, which is very similar to bluray (it didn't work when I tried to author an AVCHD disk from Pinnacle anyway).