Originally Posted by Superdon1
I have an X900 and use Vegas Pro to edit. I need a way to easily distribute the end results to friends and family.
Which of the two options will give me the best results, keeping the quality?
The highest quality is tricky. The gold standard for quality in the AVCHD world is 1080p60. Assuming you want to keep that, I don't think burning Blu-Rays works. Wikipedia Blu-ray article says, "High-definition video may be stored on BD-ROMs with up to 1920×1080 pixel resolution at up to 59.94 fields per second, if interlaced. Alternatively, progressive scan can go up to 1920×1080 pixel resolution at 24 frames per second, or up to 59.94 frames per second at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. So, although the view may not be able to tell or care, I think burning Blu-Rays drops the quality from "progressive" to "interlaced". My personal experience with my brand new Blu-ray burner confirms that.
I not sure about AVCHD disks. I would have to make one from a 1080p file and look at the result.
Assuming Vegas Pro will output 1080p60 final files, you can copy them to a DVD as a data file and some, but not all, Blu-Ray players will play them.
I am working on a family documentary that will be sent to about a dozen family members. Since I don't care or want to know anything about their equipment, I will be sending two disks. I found plastic "jewel cases" that will hold a pair of disks. One will be a Blu-Ray and one will be a SD DVD. Each will be clearly labeled as to what kind of play back machine is required. Nobody will get 1080p files.
It may be that the only sure way to distribute 1080p60 is to put it on thumb drives for those that have Blu-Ray players or TVs with USB ports.
With every NLE, and their annual version release, the options change. It may be that Vegas Pro does make "better" Blu-ray disks than other software. The only way you will know is to do some tests with a small project and see for yourself.