Originally Posted by Joseph Clark
PD10 is not a heavy duty editor. Don't expect the fine control a Vegas or Premiere offers. It also has serious motion issues converting my 60i JVC footage (which the Sony also shoots in) to 24p when I burn a 3D Blu-ray. I don't expect to be able to use some of that footage (if it's destined for 3D Blu-ray) unless I process the footage first through Yadif (Yet Another De-Interlacing Filter).
Well Joe, I told you exactly that you have a serious motion issue when we discussed your stereo base extender video. But that is not due to the PD10, that is due to your decision to convert 1080 60i footage to 1080 24p. It would happen also with Vegas.
That is why I said that the best way would be to render to 720 60p, regardless if you use Vegas or the PD10. Here the yadif plugin will help in Vegas, since the deinterlacing is better then the deinterlacing in Vegas. But the more important point is that you do not change the frame rate when you convert from 1080 60i to 720 60p - you make an deinterlacing and a downscaling what will still cost some quality, but will still deliver results that can be used. The conversion from 1080 60i to 1080 24p would require that EVERY frame must be calculated new - and that is something that will cost much more quality.
And yes, it is not an issue of the JVC TD1, it is also an issue of the Sony TD10 - since it is not the camcorder but the format conversion from 60i to 24p that drives that problem.
And Richard, for sure 720 60p will work on every 3D Blu Ray player. Simply, because the 3D specification foresees for 3D BD-R only 3 formates - 720 60p, 720 50p and 1080 24p. So if you author a 3D Blu Ray with 720 60p, and if your customer has a 3D Blu Ray player, that will work for him.
For PAL users there is a possible solution, if somebody does not like to convert 1080 50i to 1080 24p - the solution is to strech the timeline by the roughly spoken 4%, so that every frame from 50i fits the new position of the frames in a 23.976 (IVTC film) project. But that cannot be done if you start from 1080 60i. But even for PAL you never ever will be better then if you would render to 720 50p, since your acquisition footage is interlaced.
The best way to overcome that is to shoot during aquisition in 1080 24p - either using the professional version of the TD1 or the TD10, or to use the upcoming Panasonic Z10000.
And yes, the output to 1080 50i or 1080 60i would help if you start with 50i/60i in your camcorder, but only if they extend the 3D Blu Ray specifiation for that footage. What they have not done by now, what I think is a shame - there is no technical reason that would forbid that.
The only charm of AVCHD 2.0 is, that it allows to use 1080 50i/60i in a BVDA structure on BD-R. Well, up to now we only have the PMB 5.8 for that, but maybe tools like the PD10 can incorporate in future a simple authoring for such an "AVCHD-BD", similar to what we had in the past in Ulead authoring tools like the Moviefactory (= Filmbrennerei). That would allow to stay with 1080 50i/60i, allow some simple authoring - but that is still some future thinking.