Originally Posted by 3dPCH
I'm very much interested to hear the results of your AVCHD 2.0 Blu-Ray test. Also, were you able to burn Blu-Ray discs directly from PD11 (or PD10 for that matter)? I see a lot of workflows that end with using another piece of software for burning the disc.
Okay, my main goal was to actually see for myself what the JVC's 1080/60i 3d looked like displayed on my HD33 projector. I didn't even know if my projector would automatically go into this mode when playing an AVCHD 2.0 disk so it was all a bit of a gamble. The short answer to that question is it does. Here is what I am working with:
- JVC GY-HMZ1U 3D camcorder (records MVC 60i 3D much like it's little brother the TD1 as well as a 24p 3d mode but for this test I was focused on the 60i format)
- Optoma HD33 3d projector
- PD11 Ultimate Suite (bought specifically for this purpose)
- Panasonic BDT 220 bluray player (bought specifically for this purpose)
The results? As I mentioned yes the HD33 can playback 1080/60i 3d AVCHD 2.0 format, so as you can probably guess then yes PD11 Ultimate can edit and export natively this video format as well. So that is great right?
Well not completely no. Let me put it this way I've already returned the Panasonic BDT 220 blur ray player and I'm currently in the process of seeking a full refund of PD11 as well... why??
Simply put the image quality at 1080/60i 3D is not significantly better than 720/70p and in some cases I found it to be worse. Bear in mind my viewing conditions are 95" from about 3.5m back (I know I mixed metrics there sorry), so imperfections in the image show up pretty clearly. Also I should note that these are my personal findings so others may vary in opinion...
(I should perhaps note at this point that the 720/60p vision is being produced by Sony Vegas Pro 11 after splitting the JVC MVC 60i files are pairing them as stero pairs, exporting using the MVC 720p blu ray template, interpolate fields, smart sample & the 1080/60i is being output by PowerDirector Ultimate 11 using the AVCHD 2.0 1080/60i 28mbps preset)
Image Clarity 1080/60i 3d vs 720/60p 3d - very close maybe a slight edge to 1080/60i during static shots
Motion Clarity 1080/60i 3d vs 720/60p 3d - hands down 720/60p, its just about as perfect as I could hope for. The 1080/60i displayed double images on the faster moving sections and had a slight judder to it.
Image Artifacts 1080/60i 3d vs 720/60p 3d - 720/60p wins again for me, some very slight shimmering on distant fine lines whereas the 1080/60i produced by PD11 often displayed compressions blocks and other irregularities & still had the line shimmering.
The bottom line for me was the motion clarity of the 720/60p converted vision was just so much better that after just one evening with 1080/60i 3d I decided to not bother with it.
With regards to buring a AVCHD 2.0 blu ray the answer is no I didn't and couldn't as the option was greyed out within pd11. I instead "burned" this project to an SD card which I then plugged into the front of the BDT 220 blu ray player.
Your results may vary of course but these were mine, its a shame because I was hoping to be able to use the 1080i MVC mode of the JVC to shoot everything but now I'm still stuck with the dilemma of when to shoot 60i vs 24p. Its a tough life eh? :P