Originally Posted by bowmah
So here is a thought. I have read that a few users download the entire video folder, including a private folder, from the camera to your computers as backup. This is just in case future editing software requires this. If you use the bundled software to download videos, I was under the impression that you end up getting m2ts files as opposed to the raw mts files. In theory, these should be the same, is that correct? If editing software can take in m2ts files, then wouldn't it make sense to use the bundled software to do all downloads? This is assuming that the bundled software also downloads the entire video folder from the camcorder to the computer. There is no downside to using the bundled software right? Or is there?
Although it's "expensive" on HDD space (which fortunately is the cheapest thing). I think for now the best option is:
1. Record to a memory card (or if you record to the built-in memory, copy it to a memory card as an alternative solution)
2. Copy the full contents of the memory card to the HDD (perhaps a external card reader is needed either to get the full contents of the SD card, or perhaps it's faster) - not sure about either of these points, but copy the entire card one way or the other.
3. Use the HD Writer AE software to read the card (from the camera this time) and to convert the files to M2TS 1080p60 files - this is basically a simple copy and file converson from MTS to M2TS
4. Use the HD Writer AE software to convert your 1080p60 files to 1080i (HA level) files. (This step can be done after the files are deleted from the camera). Using the camera connected through USB is about 10x faster than using my high end quad core to convert the files.
Although this is almost triple the original disk space it gives you all the following options:
1. You can play the 1080p60 files through HD Writer AE, which I've found to be the best playback tool yet, actually the only one to work smoothly on my PC, a high end Core 2 Quad.
2. You have 1080i files which play smoothly through pretty much anything
3. You can completely re-create the SD disk and put it back in your camera if you want to use the camera to playback to your HDTV in full glorious 1080p60 before we find suitable editing and playback solutions.