first off, hello
I recently purchases a Sony HDR-HC5 1080i "HD" camcorder.. only to realize, I have no real idea what to do with it..
my main dilemma is how to get the BEST possible video quality onto a DVD..
the camera can output in 2 modes.. one is DV.. which is an AVI file the other is in HDV which is a raw .m2t file.. which IM GUESSING) is probably a higher quality format..
my main problem is that.. only the sony software that came with the camera wants anything to do with the m2t format.. Win Movie maker, nero.. etc etc.. nothing I CAN FIND will work directly with that format..
I did stumble across a program called MPEGSTREAMCLIP, which can convert .m2t to various formats, such as .dv.. etc etc... BUT i seem to lose quality in doing so.. I
for example if I burn a dvd using the horrid software working off the raw .m2t format, the picturea quality is better than if I convert the .m2t to .dv and burn the dvd with nero7..
basically I have a 3 part question..
1: is the i-link (firewire) cable im using to stream the files off the cam to my PC the best way, in terms of retaining video quality..
2: is there ANY program out there other than this VERY limited sony software that works directly with the .m2t format? yes the sony software WILL take the clips and make the playable on a DVD player, but that is ALL it will do.. its horrid.
3:what are the programs YOU folks use.. Ideally I would like a single App that can pull the video from the cam, do all necessary editing, dubbing, setting up the DVD menus.. etc etc and burn the DVD. Granted I doubt that one wonder program that is the best at everything exists.. but one can hope, no?
sorry if my questions are too vague or not properly formatted, like I said.. im very new to all of this.
thanks for any help.