News update from NAB Sony tonight-
At the Sony party tonight they announced that DVD Architecture v 5.0 (4.5 is out now) will fully support the AVCHD media in addition to Blu Ray media.
Plus- for any who have purchased and are registered Sony Vegas 8 + DVDA 4.5 packages, the upgrade will be free to the new version. Expected release date is June and it will be a download based on your serial number registered.
I also thought I heard them say that people who have the consumer version of Vegas, Platinum will get a free downloaded upgrade to a new version that will support AVCHD which is only available in Vegas 8.0 pro now.
I saw the DVDA 5.0 and we placed the m2ts video in the DVDA timeline. It also will enable you to export the DVD authoring to a DVD-r for AVCHD out or for an mpeg2 BluRay disk burn.
I read above another misconception- The PMB software can receive the m2ts file created in Vegas 8b rendered from your timeline and then you CAN ADD MENUs in the PMB software and burn a DVD-r disk with the AVCHD edited file for a program maximum time of 34 minutes. If you need longer, you'll need to split the project or go to Blu Disk media and a Blu disk burner and output a transcoded file to mpeg2.
The rendering time in Vegas isn't that much greater unless you are transcoding as well. I rendered a 17 minute piece in 1hr 20 minutes IIRC to AVCHD. The DVD authoring in PMB was simple and that burn took about the same time as any SD burn of about 2 Gb on the DVD-r. I then rendered Vegas timeline to a wm9 file same pixel size and the render took 5 and a half hours from the same timeline. The wm9 file is a little over 1 Gb. so I don't think I will upload the video. I have the room on my server but I am on Verizon EVDO and that would chew up 25 % of my monthly allotment.