Originally Posted by simple sam
One other question....
Is it best for me to record at SD when I plan to burn to DVD? I'm having a lot of difficulty converting AVCHD to a nice quality SD for DVD.
My belief is that you might as well record at the BEST recording possible, and then downconvert. I've never done any actual tests on this, but I'm not sure why you wouldn't be getting a good quality for SD. If there's a "trail," it sounds like a field order problem. I agree, the 1080i60 choice is right for the preset, but what are your mpg output settings?
And the camera is absolutely not progressive. Your progressive output looked good, because well, it was progressive, which makes me think you had a field order problem when you exported non-progressive (I don't export anything progressive though, because it never looks as smooth as the original interlaced).
So either your preset has the field order backwards, or your export has it backwards. Try messing with that.