Mark- after reading the official claim by Sony, I don't believe you have mistated what this will do Others probably have read beyond your excitement and assumed more than you claimed.
Sony has upgraded its PMB software (free with TD10) to 5.8 so it is compatible with AVCHD 2.0 (including 3D). Here is what the new version does:
"3D and 60p/50p videos can be burned on a Blu-ray disc without being converted."
For those who don't know, or sneer at PMB, here is what it does:
It seamlessly stitches 3D long shots (more than 2GB) that were split into files. No other software does this.
It allows the trimming and cutting and splitting of 3D files without conversion or loss of 3D (smart render).
It merges 3D clips, including the edited ones, into one 3D video without conversion.
And now it makes a 3D bluray without conversion. The new AVCHD 3D spec includes 108060i, in addition to 72060p and 108024p, and now we can make blurays that will play in regular (updated) bluray players without the awful 24p curse or downrezzing.
I reference specifically that I put in Bold--
All Sony claims is that:
Functions to be added / improved
3D and 60p/50p videos can be burned on a Blu-ray disc without being converted.
(Video files shot with Cyber-shot and cameras are also supported.)
The image quality of a DVD disc created from progressive videos will be improved.
The symptom where images already imported are imported again if the images shot with the continuous shooting function are included will be fixed.
When I read your post I too thought like others that TD10 clips could be butt edited together with no loss of quality and play on a Blu Ray disk seamlessly stitched together. After reading what Sony said they improved and the added ability to burn clips to a BluRay without any conversion. When I read that- I would assume it only is a feature that permits burning individual clips to a bluray without conversion as a batch process.
No butt editing, no re-encoding, nothing seamless. In my way of thinking, that would constitute editing, which the PMB does not do.
We should all end this wild goose chase and accept that Sony is claiming this is just a batch clip burning
feature. That's all. It is no replacement for Vegas editing.
Digging a little deeper- your description is not technically incorrect because everything you said it does as far as I have seen. What others assumed is when reading all your claims, that they could seamlessly edit together different clip files for a butt edited production. Others should note that when Mark claimed it can seamlessly stitch together those longer than 2Gb files on long run time clips to a single clip using PMB, he doesn't mean you can freely, seamlessly stitch together a bunch of small short run MTS files as you wish. That is the job of Vegas editing package and this update doesn't do that. I hope this explains the difference. PMB automatically stitches the very long and large (MTS) files so that a particular video clip shot in one session will be combined seamlessly the way you originally shot it. And, BTW, PMB has always done this. Those who don't follow proper procedure and extract the MTS files from the TD10 are those who run into the 2GB chopped up clips with mismatched audio. We all have warned them to use PMB. Nothing wrong with what Mark posted, just that some read into it more than I believe he intended.
Note- all the above is just my opinion but I hate to see frustration and wild goose chasing when it was never intended, just a misunderstanding.