I recently bought an HD Camcorder. I had paid a small fortune for Sony Vegas Pro 11 and so wanted my HD Camcorder to be compatible. I figured therefore i'd buy a Sony HD Camcorder just to be safe. I got the CX190.
I am having really bad results in Vegas after rendering, and to be honest the quality of my little old Sony Bloggie is much better !
Because this camcorder seems to output files in .MTS format, Vegas reads them no problem. The problem i'm getting is that after i have rendered a series of clips i get varying results, and no where near as good as the original clips. I like to use .mp4 files so i first rendered to "XDCAM EX - HQ 1920x1080-30p, 35Mbps VBR" template in Vegas, which does give nice results, however, on fast panning (infact on any panning) it seems to leave ghosting effects which are not on the original files. I'm not sure if this is a frame rate issue because although the camcorder says it films in 1920x1080 50i, i don't believe it is true 50fps, are these interlaced and only giving 25fps ??. TheKM Player reports that it's only 25fps yet the handbook suggests 50fps !
Anyway, to cut a long story short, i''ve now been on with this for best part of a whole day and still cannot find the best template to render with.
XDCAM (mp4) looks great, but on panning there is noticable ghosting (blur, whatever you want to call it).
I then tried the "Sony AVC/MVC (*.mp4;*.m2ts;*.avc)" template, thinking that should work with it being a Sony AVCHD Camcorder. When i render a file it looks great, no ghosting etc. HOWEVER, i have just now noticed that when rendering a longer video (or video with a number of clips) after about 1min 40s it gets very choppy and video is unwatchable (although sound is still fine). I can render a clip of 40 seconds without any issues, but as soon as i try to render a clip of more than a minute and a half (approx) it gets VERY choppy after around 90 seconds. It's as if the frame rate suddenly drops from smooth to around 3 fps. Not sure why this is!. The choppiness is apparent in VLC Media Player, Windows Media Player and a couple of others i have, so i don't think it's the player i'm using which is at fault.
The only template which seems to work (although still does have choppiness issues) is the "Main Concept MPEG-2 (*.mpg;*.m2v;*.m2t;*.mpa)" template which outputs the files in .m2t format (so ONLY Windows Media Player will play them, KMPlayer won't!), and they seem to be okay after rendering, although still a little choppy in parts and no where near as good as the original files (.mts))
My computer is brand new, Core i5, 7GB RAM, HD Graphics etc so i cannot see it being a computer issue.
Any ideas what i can do ?.
Is it worth rendering these .mts files to nother format BEFORE rendering them in Vegas, or is this just losing quality ?. Am i missing some codecs ?. Is there a better template in Vegas to use ?.... i have tried most of them !