I spent the last couple days (finally) trying my hand at editing a years worth of HDR-TD10 3D footage with Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12 and Sony PMH. (All in full side-by-side). I realize this may not be the right product to attempt this, but I thought if it can read it, it should be able to write it too, right? Well, no...
Vegas Movie Studio 12 does handle and edit the native 3D MTS files easily, but I found the 3D output and burning capabilities limited.
I wanted to try burning both an AVCHD 2.0 3D (1080 60i) BluRay disc, as well as a standard 3D BluRay (1080 24p or 720 60P) from my edited material using one or both of these programs.
The direct disc burn option in Vegas MS 12 didn't actually burn a disc, and only offered a Sony AVC/MVC (.mp4,.m2ts,.avc) format output, but it did create an 720 60P .iso file on my hard drive, which I was able to burn to a BluRay disc from Windows 7. I haven't tried playing it yet to see if it is in 3D.
The render-only options in Vegas were limited to BluRay 1920x1080 60i and AVCHD 1920x1080 60i, 50i, 24p, and MVC in 720x60p. I tried AVCHD 1080 60i which did create an .m2ts file on my hard drive.
I thought I might be able to burn this file to an AVCHD 2.0 Blu-Ray disc using Sony PMH, but although PMH was able to recognized and play the file (side-by-side), it would not recognize it for BluRay 3D AVCHD 2.0 burning purposes, BUT it would burn it to an AVCHD HD disc with the warning that 3D material would render as 2D..I also tried to load this edited file back onto the TD10, as I thought that might be a viable option for easy playback on 3DTV's, but PMH wouldn't cooperate. I wonder if it was rendered in AVCHD 2.0 if the camera would pick it up and play it. I suspect it would play as side-by-side only.
Is it true that AVCHD is not a 3D-capable BluRay standard and can't be easily turned into a 3D AVCHD 2.0 disc?
And, does anyone know if it is possible to get 3D edited material from any program (other than the very limited PMH/PMB clip functions) in a format that can be loaded back onto and play on the TD10 or similar cameras?I think it uses some proprietary frame packing format which seems to get "unpacked" in editing.
I see that Pinnacle Studio 16 and Edius 6.5.2 are working options for AVCHD 2.0 and Maybe the Pro versions of Vegas too. It looks like I'll be cracking the wallet open (again).