Originally Posted by unvmy69rs
.....If 1080/60p is so much better than the [HA] why in the hell can you not dub to a disc. I hope someone can shed some light on all my conundrums, Thanks for any advise..BTW I ran this same post in the Official Tm90 thread, moderate as needed.....Marc in OKC
Posting the same topic in two threads is considered rude everywhere there is a forum on the internet. Save the moderator some time and delete one of them yourself.
You might do some reading on Wikipedia. Look up "AVCHD". Basically it is a method to take advantage of high quality data compression put forth by Sony and Panasonic. Version 1.0 did not include 1080p60. Version 2.0 does and it is less than a year old. That is why, on my camcorders 1080p is selected as an alternative to AVCHD choices like "HA". Consequently, only the newest players handle 1080p60 well. It may take another year to see 1080p seamlessly implemented in camcorders, software and players.
Newer Panasonic BD players will accept the SD card from your camera into a slot in the front and it will play 1080p60 in all it's HD glory with a menu. That would be about like doing what you were doing with mini DVDs.
Getting 1080p60 to optical disk is a little trickier. I'm not sure, but I think HD Writer converts it to 1080i when writing to either a Blu-Ray disk (if you have a burner) or AVCHD DVD disk. If you want DVDs, they are always in standard definition.
(Note that you need to understand that an "AVCHD DVD" is a unique use of cheap DVDs to hold up to about 30 minutes of HD video. It is not a "DVD" and won't play in a non Blu-Ray DVD player.)
There are a few other ways to watch 1080p60 on a flat screen HD TV. Hook your camera to the TV with an HDMI cord. Another is to use your computer to directly copy the video file to a "data DVD" and play it in a newer BD player that accepts those files. (Some say a PS3 can do that but peak bit rates of 1080p can overwhelm the PS3.) Another, is to copy the video file to a thumb drive or portable HDD and plug into the USB on newer BD players like current Sony BD players have. Another is to do the same with a USB card reader and the SD card from your camera. Another is to buy a media player like the WD Live TV models. Some stream their files over wifi to their TVs or BD players. You can also plug current laptops to current TVs with HDMI cords.
The "standards wars" over codecs, containers and compression between manufactures have made this complicated. Good luck!