This Christmas, I got the coolest gift ever; a Sony HDR-SR1 camcorder. It’s one of the first consumer level HD camcorders of its kind with 1080i recording capability courtesy of Sony’s ClearVid CMOS sensor.
Only one problem…it’s from Sony.
Why is this a problem? Because Sony is notorious for using propriety hardware and software in their equipment and their latest entry into the HD camcorder market is no different.
It records footage in the Advanced Video Codec High Definition (AVCHD) format which was created by Sony and Panasonic. The most significant benefit of this new format is that it’s more efficient than MPEG-2, which is typically found in HDV cameras. It also supports 5.1 encoded audio. (So with home movies you can actually hear your dad behind you as he shoots)
What’s the catch?
Currently… there is NO EDITING SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS THE NEW CODEC!!
Okay, that’s not entirely true. Sony does package some very low-end editing software that can trim AVCHD (.mts) files. But what if you want to make something useful?
Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro don’t support the codec (yet) so you are out of luck… Unless you get creative. That’s where Cyberlink’s PowerDVD 7 and TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress come in.
By installing PowerDVD 7, you install support for the AVCHD codec. This means that, unlike before, you can now play AVCHD files in Windows Media Player (or whatever player you prefer). Now TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress steps in to finish the job.
This latest release from Pegasys Inc. allows you to decode, and re-encode, any file readable by Windows Media Player. That’s good news.
Now you can take each AVCHD file and do a batch encode to a Windows Media file using its latest HD codec. If you have Divx support, you can also encode to its HD standard.
Either way it’s a win. The result will be a file you can edit with any mainstream production suite.
So good luck all you early adopters and welcome to the pains of being one of the first people to break into the world of high definition recording!
** UPDATE **
MainConcept MPEG Pro HD will integrate with Adobe Premiere and supports AVCHD. Yesssssss!!!!
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