Originally Posted by mkjetta08
So is AVCHD comparable to a blu-ray? Or is it significantly worse? I used sony's software to create an AVCHD on a dvd and the quality was horrible on my TV.
AVCHD is a format derived from Blu-Ray for use on camcorders. On DVD, it's limited to 18Mb/s, which is about the practical media speed of a DVD run at 2x. Flash and HDD camcorders that use AVCHD format can go up to 24Mb/s by spec. If you put that on an Blu-Ray, it may not work right.
It probably does on a PS3, which apparently has always had a 2x speed Blu-Ray drive (the Blu-ray Profile 5, the "3D" profile, requires a 2x drive, and the PS3 was recently updated to support "3D", thus, it must be at least 2x), and presumably, better than 2x on DVD.
Of course, the max rate on Blu-ray is 40Mb/s... considerably faster than 17Mb/s. Blu-ray can look much better than AVCHD, but if you shoot in AVCHD and correctly put it on an AVCHD disc, it should look good.
If your originals are recorded on an AVCHD camcorder, you can drag the AVCHD file structure over from the camcorder and burn it directly to an AVCHD DVD to create a compliant disc. That will have the video from your camcorder unchanged. If you think that looks horrible, time for a new camcorder. If it looks good, then you need to figure out where in your toolchain the video went bad. You might also try the MultiAVC program.