Originally Posted by maverick22
......Wonder why that would play the DVD with .mts original files with no problem
, and the ps3 struggled.....Thoughts?
Everything I think I know was learned here on this forum, so it might not be quite correct! Here goes....
When I started reading on this forum, I had a brand new Panasonic SDT750 3D 1080p60 camcorder. It was close to "cutting edge". It's default settings were good, but 1080p60 was special. A couple years later, 1080p is almost boring. It is "so yesterday"!
Digital video has been around a little while. Somehow Panasonic and Sony felt a need for a new format six or eight years ago. As we were beginning to buy HD TVs there was a war between corporations over the disk playback format. It was a fun fight to watch because few consumers were going to buy in while there was two formats. Sony and Panasonic won with "Blu-Ray" while Microsoft and Toshiba lost with "HD DVD". Note that Canon and Apple didn't seem to participate much.
I assume that since Sony and Panasonic had an interest in camcorders, including multi-thousand dollar pro models, they worked at a a format called AVCHD that is very related to the Blu-Ray structure. The first version was simply called "AVCHD" and included the 1920 by 1080 resolution, but only as "interlaced". That is why my, and I think your, camcorder has a special button for 1080p, or "progressive". The camcorders are AVCHD compliant and 1080p is an optional, non-compliant feature. My latest Sony camera has 1080p60 as an ordinary menu choice.
About a year ago, plus or minus, the widely existing 1080p60 was quietly included in the "AVCHD 2.0" standard that is still owned by Sony and Panasonic. Now, to be "AVCHD compliant" a device with the "AVCHD" trademark on the box should include 1080p60.
So, my theory is that your "old" PS3 was "AVCHD compliant" (1.0) and your new Sony Blu-Ray player is "AVCHD compliant" (2.0).
This same progression of adopting the AVCHD format has taken place in software, but even a little slower. I've been through three annual versions of Adobe Premier Elements and one version of Sony Vegas Home Studio. It was not until the latest versions did they work 100% with AVCHD (2.0). It is one of the reasons that HDWriter was so important. Without it, editing 1080p60 on a home computer was limited. For me, HDWriter is now less important. I don't follow Apple software too closely, but their adoption of AVCHD has been a little behind and has required "work arounds".
To defend the software publishers, the AVCHD 2.0 1080p60 files are huge, compared to earlier formats. It takes the current Intel i5 and i7 4 core processor to make crunching those files fun. So, if I was going to promise my software would work with 1080p, I would wait until a few consumers had capable computers too.
The HD TV, Blu-Ray, AVCHD 1080p60 standards progression has enticed me to spend a lot of money! Six years ago I bought an expensive Panasonic 42 inch TV and Panasonic Blu-Ray player. It won't play 1080p60. I now have 3 HD TVs, 3 Blu-Ray players, 3 1080p60 cameras, a laptop with a Blu-Ray burner and a WD TV Live because it will play 1080p60.
Now that the market and I are fairly well saturated and happy with the current version of HD TV, Blu-Ray, AVCHD and 1080p, the consumer electronics industry is starting over. Some call it "4K" and it has been recently branded "Ultra TV". I have enjoyed watching the market adopt HD over the last decade. In another decade I will be lucky to see well enough to watch TV! In fact I may need 4x the resolution to see anything on the tube.
My current plan is to use significant quantities of my retirement years learning digital media of any sort that interests my granddaughters. When my son was your daughter's age I used to sneak into my darkroom and play with film and chemicals!