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endless_soul
2007-10-26, 06:32 PM
i have recently bought a sony high def camera...

if i make a transfer from the tape to the pc firewire using mpeg2 would i still get high definition or would this put back the quality to a standard resolution?

hope i managed to explain what i meant... :cool:

schmoe75
2007-10-26, 07:18 PM
No and you NEVER want to capture as mpeg2. Capture it as a .m2t (lossless). do your synching/editing with that file then render it to mpeg2.
Ideally, instead of rendering it to mpeg2...you would just burn the .m2t file to a blu-ray/hd and have 'true' high def.

kckuba
2007-10-31, 12:58 AM
i just got a new camera too - sony dcr-sr42 with internal hard drive but from the manual it looks like it is only capable of recording in mpeg2-ps. can someone recommend their favorite video taping FAQ?

thanks!

pawel
2007-10-31, 10:33 AM
Capture it as a .avi (lossless). do your synching/editing with that file then render it to mpeg2.

Sony HD cameras (and believe that other brands too) do not record in AVI but in MPG4 AVC/H.264 format. The best results you may get with Sony Vegas, and perhaps Canopus ProCoder 3, although the last one is very costly and it's a format converter only.

BTW: forget any conversion on PC if you do not have Dual Core chip and powerful graphic card...

Homebrew101
2007-10-31, 10:42 AM
Sorry to hijack this thread, I downloaded some HD video files that are ".ts" format (transport stream?). I do not have blu-ray for burning, can I convert these files to burn as a standard SD dvd? Otherwise I guess I'll just archive these until I catch up to burning HD someday.

AAR.oner
2007-10-31, 12:36 PM
Sorry to hijack this thread, I downloaded some HD video files that are ".ts" format (transport stream?). I do not have blu-ray for burning, can I convert these files to burn as a standard SD dvd? Otherwise I guess I'll just archive these until I catch up to burning HD someday.
this page (http://www.doom9.org/index.html?/DigiTV/projectx-fullguide.htm) might help [i've never converted .ts>dvd personally]

pawel
2007-10-31, 08:36 PM
TS = transport stream doesn't require conversion but demuxing: http://www.videohelp.com/tools/sections/digitaltv-dvb-hdtv

AAR.oner
2007-11-01, 06:58 AM
once its been demuxed, how do you burn to DVD without converting it to standard mpeg2?

endless_soul
2007-11-02, 07:46 PM
ok tried to tape with my ne high def...when recording in DV mode, no problem transferring...in hidef teh camera is recognised by my pc but there is no signal going through...im using a core2 i tried with sony vegas + roxio + nero + ulead + avs media...nothing...
any ideas?

pawel
2007-11-03, 08:09 AM
once its been demuxed, how do you burn to DVD without converting it to standard mpeg2?

Any DVD authoring program accepts demuxed files (m2v + audio: mp2, ac3 or wav/aiff), and wraps them into final VOB(s) file format. If you want mpg then you can mux the files :lol

AAR.oner
2007-11-03, 09:31 AM
Any DVD authoring program accepts demuxed files (m2v + audio: mp2, ac3 or wav/aiff), and wraps them into final VOB(s) file format. If you want mpg then you can mux the files :lol
yes, i understand all that quite well

i guess what i shoulda asked is--when a h.264 .ts file is demuxed, the video stream is output in m2v format?

[i've never messed with .ts files, my work is limited to film and dv ;) ]

pawel
2007-11-04, 07:42 AM
i guess what i shoulda asked is--when a h.264 .ts file is demuxed, the video stream is output in m2v format?
yes but it can be also mpv - like m2v it's only a container holding h.264 format. Anyway, to burn it to DVD you would need to convert it to mpg2 format.

pawel
2007-11-04, 07:56 AM
there is no signal going through...im using a core2 i tried with sony vegas + roxio + nero + ulead + avs media...nothing...
any ideas?

Which Vegas do you have? I think that there is a package which does not import Dolby multichannel 5.1, which is the only one audio format used by Sony HD cameras.

AAR.oner
2007-11-04, 09:02 AM
yes but it can be also mpv - like m2v it's only a container holding h.264 format. Anyway, to burn it to DVD you would need to convert it to mpg2 format.
werd, cheers for the info :thumbsup