Originally Posted by scbundy
I play it with PowerDVD on a 21 inch widescreen LCD with a resolution of 1680x1050. So not quite at the native resolution of the final product.
I managed to clear it up a bit more by adjusting some of the settings in Vegas. I believe it falls in the realm of "good enough".
I did give PowerDirector a shot. It's considerably faster than Vegas and looks just as good. My only issue with it is you're limited to 12Mpbs for a bit rate, and it doesn't like the Dolby5.1 audio in my source video so it won't Smart Render any of it. Which is a shame.
In 4 years I plan to buy a BD burner, HDTV and the rest.
So no testing on that equipment for a long while yet.
I currently use a Sony laptop with a dual core 2.3 GHz chip and a 1600x900 screen and before, I had a Toshiba with a dual core 1.83 GHz and a 1280x720 screen. All things considered, Picture Motion Browser gives the best playback on a PC. I've played around with codecs (CoreAVC), mplayer, VLC as well trial downloads. I think that the interlacing of AVCHD is the most serious problem followed by the sheer size of the files. Some posters here have put emphasis on the graphics card but I'm not certain that's the problem.
Bundy, since you seem interested in this, here is a link
to a post I made (in the Sony SR11/12 thread) with links to other posts about these issues.
BTW, I have revised my thinking since that post I'm currently using Sony Vegas Platinum 9.0 to create Blu Ray files (burned on to DVD-R discs, about 25 minutes of video) and then I play them through a Samsung BD player on to a Samsung HD 1920x1080 screen.
My laptop is fine but a bit slow for editing but I don't think you can use a laptop or even PC for a playback of the quality you'll get through a BD player with HDMI link to a HD screen. The software of both the BD player and the HD screen are designed specifically for decompressing AVCHD files. The same can be said about connecting your SR11 directly by mini-HDMI to a HD screen. Current PCs are simply too generic to match the requirements imposed by AVCHD files.
To make a comparison, I bought my first portable CD player in 1985. No PC at the time could ever have matched its sound quality for the simple reason that the software/CPU inside the CD player (a Technics) was dedicated to decoding the compressed files. Nowadays of course, a standard PC has no problem dealing with cda files.
I'm no engineer so I stand corrected on all of this.
As to your point about the cost of buying a BD burner, I agree. There's an external LG BD burner available for about $350 and BD discs go for about $10 a pop. For the moment, I'm willing to keep my videos to 25 minutes and burn them to a 5GB DVD-R disc which costs me less than 20 cents each.
I do have a BD player though. They're now around $200.