Originally Posted by kumasuki
The OEM version of TME supplied to owners of the PVR1212 now supports 5.1 audio - but still cannot write to BD media.
I've come up with one work around (I'm sure there are others):
1) Capture video with 5.1 audio in OEM TME
2) Use OEM TME to create an AVCHD image on the hard disk drive
(the software let's you create an image that actually exceeds DVD capacity)
3) Use Pinnacle Studio 12 to burn the image to BD media
This last step is not well (at all?) documented in the Pinnacle manual
- Launch Pinnacle and start a new project
- click on the 'Make Movie' tab (usually the last step for Pinnacle users)
- click on Disc ouput - a message will complain that there is no content
in the project (Ignore this)
- click on the settings button and under "Burn Options' click "Burn from
previously created content"
- click OK to return to the previous screen
- a message will now display telling you to click the Create button to
choose the BDMV folder
- Select your folder, click OK and the burn process will IMMEDIATELY
commence - NO FURTHER TRANSCODING !
I wanted to do this same thing using Nero but couldn't find a way to keep it from transcoding everything for several hours first! BTW - Don't load the m2ts file into a Pinnacle project - once you do that Pinnacle will transcode (for several hours) before burning!
If anyone is interested in using Pinnacle Studio 12 - you can get it for $69 at Fry's with $69 worth of mail in rebates (i.e. for nothing! into Dec I think).
ImgBurn (v.220.127.116.11) is a free program that will burn Blu-ray discs. It is fast and easy and does not transcode. It is a program that is simply designed for burning.
Be careful using the newest OEM version of TME to create Blu-ray discs. There is a diference in the file structures of AVCHD and Blu-ray discs. The newest version of TME creates the AVCHD file structure. The original OEM version of TME that was included with the 1212 did not. It created a disc with the Blu-ray file structure - this was actually a mistake as it was claiming to create AVCHD discs but rather was creating a BR on DVD disc. This was corrected with the newest TME update which also included the ability to record 5.1 AC3 audio.
The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that the Blu-ray file structure contains two folders in its root directory. A BDMV folder and a Certificate folder. An AVCHD disc contains just a BDMV folder in its root directory.
I guess it is OK to create an AVCHD disc on Blu-ray but that would not be my choice.
For those having A/V sync issues. You might want to try the following. It works for me. All the programs are freeware.
1. Record using Graphedit
2. Create the BR file structure using TsMuxer. It is fast and easy. Generally less than 20 minutes (for something around 8 GB for example). But does not have any features for creating menus. This program does create a true Blu-ray file structure (not AVCHD) for those interested in burning to Blu-ray discs.
3. Use ImgBurn to burn the disc. At this point you have two choices. Either burn the Blu-ray file structure created by TsMuxer to a Blu-ray disc. Or for those who want to burn an AVCHD disc to a DVD then simply move the Stream, Clipinf and Playlist folders from the BR file structure into an AVCHD file structure and then burn to DVD.
Why AVCHD versus BR on DVD? In some cases BR players will not play BR on DVD discs. While others will. Samsung players for example will play AVCHD discs burned to a DVD but will not play a BR on DVD burned disc.
Using these three free programs has eliminated the A/V sync issues I had when using TME. And everything is a lot faster.