Originally Posted by bravia3D
Joe, besides using the Cineform codec (which is expensive) is there another way to convert the JVC's MVC files with the converter? (Without having them be many gigs)
If you don't want to use Peter Wimmer's utility to convert the JVC's MVC files to Cineform or Matrox formats, you have an alternative in the form of PowerDirector 10. You can pull the JVC clips into PD10 and use it to convert them into a 3D m2ts file at 24mbps. Those files then drop directly into Vegas and seem to edit just like Sony TD10 files. The really good part about this is that the file size stays very small - actually smaller than the original in my case, since I shoot everything at max bitrate (34mbps) with the TD1.
Here's a workflow I'll be using for some projects:
1. Make basic edit decisions as to which clips to use and their rough order.
2. Import the clips into PD10 and assemble a simple, untrimmed timeline of full length clips.
3. In the "Produce" section of PD10, export the clips as MVC at 24mbps.
4. Import the resulting m2ts file into Vegas and edit normally. You can split the clips wherever you want, to add transitions, titles, etc.
The quality is going to take a hit, especially compared to using something like Cineform, but it's fast and easy and saves monstrous amounts of hard drive space over the Cineform and Matrox alternatives. In Vegas, you have the opportunity to use Yadif to de-interlace the files so that motion looks better than it does if you burn directly to 3D Blu-ray in PD10.
I still don't know a way to get Vegas to export video in a format usable by PD10, so that you can use it to create 3D menus. I still haven't had a chance to do much with PD10, but just as a converter for JVC mp4 clips, it's worth its price.