Originally Posted by elai1108
Appreciate the advice.
The goal is to convert the native M2TS file to HD MPEG format (1920x1080 if possible) for PC viewing and upload to Youtube. I've read about Tipard M2TSconverter and it looks like it will do the job, but if PMB can do the job then I can save a few bucks.
Got it. I can help a bit with that. Note that I have PMB 4.2 that came with the CX500V and PMB 5 comes with the CX550V, so it may have additional features.
1. PMB itself has two menu choices for conversion:
a. Convert to WMV and Save...
b. Convert to MPEG-2 and Save...
2. It also lets you trim an AVCHD clip at both ends and saves it in the same format.
3. You can also open a clip in external software (it presumably passes the file name as an argument to whatever you invoke).
4. I think it can also take HD video and create an SD DVD from it - that is, it can downconvert HD to SD, but this may only be to disk.
You should be able to go to this link which is the online PMB support guide.http://guide.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/pmb/100_06/4200/us/
There are instructions for converting down the page, but they don't give details on the resulting format's resolution etc.
Now the good news that someone taught me a few weeks ago. Some but not all of your Sony AVCHD clips will upload straight to YouTube with no prior conversion. I have successfully uploaded about 10 clips. Once uploaded, YouTube will create four versions and make them available: 1080p, 720p, 480 and 360.
What I found is that the M2TS clips of up to about 125MB-150MB in size upload pretty reliably. Once you get towards the upper end of that size range, the uploads tend to fail pretty reliably, or the upload itself "succeeds" but the file fails to process.
I used to routinely use an NLE editor (Corel's VideoStudio) to re-render my clips in 720p format, which uploaded successfully but had some deinterlacing artifacts at times. Now, for those M2TS clips that fail to upload directly due to their size, I convert them to MPEG-4 HD format in the Corel software, and those seem to upload reliably up to the YouTube size and time limits. Note that the YouTube processing of anything at 1080p takes longer than a clip uploaded at 480 or 720p.
So short clips upload unedited OK - for longer clips, you may need conversion software if you're trying to upload full HD, or maybe the MPEG-2 or WMV conversions in PMB would work fine if you are OK with uploading lesser resolutions.
I used to always try to watch clips at their highest resolution, but YouTube can be slow even on a fast PC with a fast Internet connection. So I find myself watching a lot of clips at the 480 (non-HD) setting even though 1080p versions are available. If you care about a clip a lot, you'll want to make sure it posts at full resolution. If not, you might be able to get away with using the AVCHD as is for small uploads and maybe PMB to WMV or MP2 otherwise. Don't take that last as a statement of fact, though . It may work but I haven't tested those conversions.