Originally Posted by GodobeHD
Chico, you are taking way too many steps and too long to create the AVCHD disk. If you convert HDV to HDDVD in vegas just for the sake of AC3 5.1, not only you are losing quality in the conversion but also its going to take a loooong time. From my experience 20min of HDV would easily take 2hours in Vegas.
You can follow the steps outlined by Tom Roper in previous pages. Using Womble to do this is your best bet. Basically the process is as follow:
1. If you want AC3 in your HDV just run the .m2t thru Womble and it will spit out .m2t with 5.1 audio in minutes instead of hours like Vegas, because it doesn't recode the HDV. If you can live with the stereo in HDV and want no editing of the audio then just skip this step. AVCHD does not require audio to be AC3 5.1.
2. Run the .m2t file thru Ulead MF6.
3. Run the stream file generated by Ulead thru TSremux
4. Swap the file in the folders
5. Burn the BDMV and Cert folder onto the DVD5 or 9.
here is Tom's detailed steps:
The whole process of burning HDV onto BD should involve no re-encoding of video at all and no re-encoding of audio if you stick with 2.1. The time this process takes for a 20 min HDV video should total around 20min even if you choose to add in AC3 audio.
I know I'm taking too many steps, but this is the way it works for me, and I'm actually happy about it. I do not convert HDV to ACVHD DVD in Vegas just for the AC3 file. Vegas actually creates a .m2ts file that works well with TSRemux. And no, I do not loose quality. To me, the resulting .m2ts file looks almost (if not identical) to the uncompressed file.
The thing is that I always edit my HDV files in Vegas. I can render the project to an uncompressed .m2t file (Vegas only renders the parts which are modified; it does not render again if I put an HDV .m2t file, do nothing to it, and render as .m2t again).
The problems is that although the resulting video is still HDV .m2t as the original (uncompressed), Womble would not accept the file to mux it with the AC3 audio. So basically Womble only accepts the .m2t files which are directly from the camera and not edited. That's why I don't use that method. I edit all my projects, and even though I can render back the project to HDV .m2t, and split it with AC3 audio, Womble does not accept the video stream.
I tried with ImagoMPEG-Muxer and it did take the file (edited .m2t) and I can mux fine. But the resulting file comes out incomplete. I mean, the video stops where it shouldn't. For example, it the length of the video is 1 minute, it ends up stopping at 30 secs.
So after alot of procedures, I am happy with the way I make my AVCHD DVDs. I actually thank you guys for finding a way to do it (TSRemux). What i do is:
1) Capture the video as HDV to my PC using Vegas.
2) Edit the project in a HDV 1080i template as usual.
3) Instead of rendering as, when I finish editing, I go to Tools and choose burn Blu-Ray. And from there I select AVC Blu-Ray 1080 - 60i 15mbps stream with AC3 Pro Stereo Audio.
4) I burn it to a DVD+RW and then after that I copy the .m2ts file from the STREAM folder to my PC.
5) I open TSRemux and do the rest of the procedure.
6) Burn with Nero and done.
Altought some may think this is a complex process, I can say it is not. The good thing is that unlike Nero Vision, you can actually make a master file and avoid having to render everytime you want to burn. That's how I do and it works. If I find a better way to do it later, I will use it.
Thanks again for your answers. They have cleared alot of my doubts.