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garioch7
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A newbie HD question. I have been working exclusively with SD video (.mpeg2) up until now, burning to DVD-Rs. I just started a project with my own Sony HD camcorder .m2ts files. I noted that when I went to the Create Disc module, HD .mpeg2 wanted to allocate about 16 GB for 72 minutes of HD video, whereas in H.264 format, the amount of space required dropped to just over 10 GB.

I have done some web searching and it appears that either offers good quality, but some posts that I read indicated that H.264, because it has better compression, might take much longer to render.

I would appreciate any and all advice. I am not really that concerned about space - two hours is enough on a BD disk as far as I am concerned.

Also, I have noted a pretty steep price variation for BD media (25 GB). Sony sells single disks for around $25.00 whereas you can purchase a 20 pack of Verbatim BD (25 GB) disks for under $40.00. My home video is priceless, so I would pay what I have to, to ensure that I have a good quality product. Just curious as to the experience of others. Most of what I have read about Verbatim disks has been pretty positive.

Thanks for your anticipated expertise. This forum is quite the resource. Have a great day.

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Phil,

I edit in both BD and AVCHD formats. The decision to use either for me are as follows:

1. For consumer use I have yet to find anyone able to discern the difference between BD and AVCHD video quality when the source is a consumer level camcorder.

2. Rendering AVCHD is much more demanding on the PC and does take longer to execute. But I find that I can usually render a 1 hour AVCHD clip in 35 minutes on a i7-Win 7 PC.

3. If I am limited to disc cost then AVCHD is the choice as dual layer discs are much less expensive and are able to hold typically 1 hour of HD material.

2. If the issue is total time recordable per disc, then BD discs are the answer, albeit expensive. Remember that you can record AVCHD to BD (as well as mpeg2) making it much higher capacity then if recording in mpeg2 mode. Win 10, i7
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Carl312
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Blu-Ray 25GB in 25 disk packs are about $1.00 each disk.

Vinpower Digital 25GB 4X BD-R White Inkjet Printable 25 Packs Spindle Disc Model VPBDR04WIP-25PK
Price is $24.99 plus shipping at Newegg.com.

Now on the other hand, the price of DL BD disks ( 50 GB ) is still around $5.00 each disk.

Carl312: Windows 10 64-bit 8 GB RAM,AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4 GHz,ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB,240GB SSD,two 1TB HDs.

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CubbyHouseFilms
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Hi Phil

I use the H.264 AVCHD burn profile for Blu Ray as it matches the video files on my camera.

I buy Sony BD-R 25GB printable discs from Ebay - they cost about $45 AUD for a pack of 25.

I also buy the Blu Ray plastic covers for that extra 'wow' factor Happing editing

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garioch7
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Thanks for all of your advice. I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to viewing my first HD BD production.

Have a great weekend all, and thanks again.

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-Phil Windows 10 Pro x64
Dell XPS 8930
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