Originally Posted by Miami Guy
I'm VERY new to this type of video (till recently had a Mini DV) and I have some very basic questions.
I got my TM700 just over a week ago and still haven't filmed much because I'm a little afraid to film in a format that I can't use for the next few years.
My HTPC (Dell 540s) has a Core 2 Quad 2.33 Ghz CPU with a G45 GPU and playing 1080p clips through Media Center is not smooth. Here's the kicker, my HTPC is connected to my 50" 720p Panasonic plasma and the software requiers *768 for minimal resolution, DAM.
1. Should my hardware be able to play the 1080p (28Mbps) or do I need to upgrade something?
2. Should I be able to play all clips continuously (without playing through the camera) using WMC? Again, the included software will not open in my set up while using my HDTV as a monitor.
I thought we addressed this is a previous thread, no? At any rate, you may have problems playing 1080p clips smoothly with Media Center on your setup. You'll probably have better luck playing them on the free, included Panasonic software. I only have a dual-core on one of my computers and it plays much better on the Panasonic software than Media player. However, on my I7-equipped computer, it plays like butter no matter how I play it...very very smooth.
There's no need to be 'afraid' that you can't play your clips. Why not just play it directly from the camera connected via HDMI to your Panasonic plasma??? Free solution, all clips play continuously or individually...your choice. To me this is by far the easiest and most satisfying way to watch and you know your watching it in the best resolution possible for YOUR setup. I've done this with all my prior camcorders, 1080p, 1080i, HDV and DV. This has nothing to do with 1080p. It's just the simplest way to watch the video you've just shot. Just make sure you select a compatible output from the camcorder that your display likes.
As for playing it on your 768p plasma, does the plasma not accept 1080p? Some don't but some do and the video is simply downcoverted as would happen when watching or playing 1080i broadcasts or 1080i camcorder videos. You mentioned that your software requires a minimum of 768p, so you should have no problem with 1080i or 1080p...I would think.
I'll tell you this, many many times HTPC setups are by far not the easiest way to get things done. I can't remember how many posts I've read over the years where people were jumping through hoops to get their HTPC to play nice with other equipment. I've never bothered with this. Take an HDMI cable, attach to your camcorder & HDTV, hit play and your done. No need to worry about software, resolutions, video card compatibility, etc. etc.
If you still want to use your HTPC, unless you use compatible software, I doubt you'll be able to play individual clips continuously. Of course this has nothing to do with 1080p and is true for any clips of any format. They must be 'stitched' together in some way through software or played out through the camera.
Optionally, if you have a PS3, you can play clips continuously through that or individually if you so choose.