Originally Posted by steveclv
Appreciate all help Joe - I'll look for that USB kit on eBay as I am with you all the way on never having the correct cable
I'm downloading the trial version of Edius 6.5 and watching the video as I write this. I can't really justify the cost for a hobby but what the heck, it's only money LOL
Thanks for prompting me to dig into the upgrade to MediaBrowser, Steve. I installed the software that came with my TD1. I then upgraded to the latest version from the Pixela site
and checked out the manual (a pdf that can be downloaded there also). Following the instructions, it's quite easy to create an AVCHD 3D Blu-ray disc of raw TD1 clips that don't undergo any conversion whatsoever. You can also trim heads and tails, add dissolves and fades between clips, and create titles that can fade in. It apparently re-encodes only what's necessary for the effects, but the effect on visual quality even during the transitions is minimal. You can also add background music. When you're finished with this basic editing, you can create a Blu-ray disc that is AVCHD 2.0 3D video (1920x1080/60i), with no loss of resolution. The quality is pristine and the transfer to the disc is very fast. I played back the Blu-ray disc on my Sony 470 3D player, and the motion was smooth. It looked just like the original files as they play from my TD1. Beautiful!
The MediaBrowser software is extremely simple, but if all you want to do is organize and trim clips, plus add a few titles and music, it'll do the job. Of course, you have to be aware that the discs won't play back on regular 3D Blu-ray players. Your player has to be AVCHD 3D capable. I used AVCHD 3D clips from the TD1, not mp4 clips, although the latest version is supposed to allow creation of AVCHD 3D discs from mp4 files, too. I just haven't tried it yet.
You don't have to pull in the filles via the USB connection. I had some old AVCHD 3D test files I shot months ago and had stored on my computer. I had MediaBrowser add the files to the library (from the "File" menu) and was able to start editing with them. (It's important not to rename the files after you transfer them to the computer, or I doubt this would work.) Also, there should be no need to add an external USB Blu-ray dirve if you already have one in your system. I used a Pioneer 207 burner to create the disc. This is one of the things I love about the TD1 in general. I get the footage home, pull the SD card and get to work. The same holds true for this simple workflow.
So, it seems (at least after this simple test - things could always get complicated later) that the very good news is that all TD1 users need to do to edit simple projects and archive them in pristine original quality is to use the free Pixela software that comes with the TD1. They'll also need a Blu-ray burner in their computers and an AVCHD 3D compatible set top box to play it on a 3D TV. I'll do more tests with the Panny 320 player tomorrow, but so far this is looking like a good, simple workflow. It's certainly far from Edius, but I doubt most people need Edius' power (or want to spend the time mastering its learning curve).
More to come later.