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  1. Hi everyone, I've run into a situation whilst creating Blu-ray discs (in MyDVD) and am wondering if anyone has discovered a workaround for it... DVDs that I have created exhibit the following behavior when played in a set-top player: for DVDs with a single menu page containing several linked movies, after playback of any given linked movie, the menu selection highlight returns to the selection just played What I'm finding when creating Blu-rays is that this doesn't appear to be possible. The menu selection always returns to the first selection on the menu. Has anyone found a way around this? Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Yes, I haven't had an opportunity to install the Service Pack yet. Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Yes, it is definitely an issue that they will have to address - there are a lot of folks out there using Panasonic video & still cameras that use these formats. I've noticed that there is a Service Pack available. I haven't had a chance to install it yet, does anyone know if the SP fixes the m2ts/mts file problems that we've been discussing in this thread? Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Yes, it will do 30 fps, but not for AVCHD, which is the issue here. I did try burning a DVD rendering "up" as you suggested (and using the two-pass encoding) and the DVD still exhibited the same unsmooth motion. Thanks, Steven Hi Gary, What do you mean that you've stopped using VW... are you talking about for rendering? IE; you just pass VW projects into MyDVD? Thanks, Steven Well, I don't really think that's the moral here... Despite being a still camera, it does take terrific quality video. The camera was a deliberate attempt by Panasonic to include high quality video in a small-format camera. The issue isn't the camera but the format. The AVCHD stuff is currently somewhat difficult to deal with (since it is so new) but it is the way that a number of mfrs are moving. In fact, Panasonic's regular camcorders use it as well. It may just take awhile before the kinks are worked out. I am impressed though, at how well Creator handles working with these files (editing/adding to VW/viewing in MM, etc) but obviously there are improvements to be made with regard to rendering...? And yes, the camera does come with software that will allow you to edit one of those clips (and then output it back in its native format). You can also burn clips to a DVD but nothing fancy (such as VW type of work). Thanks, Steven
  5. saculver7

    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Hi, I've tried creating AVCHD DVDs as you did in your post. It is true that using VW to render to "Same as Original" does yield video with a 60 fps frame rate. For me, those mp4s that VW produces (using HW or SW rendering) do play smoothly and look pretty good but do display a quality loss. Here's a sample, I notice a fairly obvious pixel "flashing" (look at the trees as the video plays) whether I play this in MM, VLC, QuickTime, etc. Do you see this as well? http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...est2-SAO-SW.mp4 I created a number of test AVCHD DVDs using the "Same as Original" video from VW. I used source rendered both with HW and with SW (the Graphics Test always chooses HW, BTW). I then created the DVDs using both HW and SW rendering, using the "Same as Original" setting in MyDVD. In every case, the video was re-rendered. The final output exhibits the same jerkiness (it's as if frames are missing, the motion jumps from scene-to-scene and you can tell that frames are missing). This is very noticeable watching the woman and girl walk through the first sample file that I uploaded for you guys. When using the "MPEG-2 High Definition 720p" option on the "High Definition" menu to output from VW, the resultant file quality is excellent. The "render" is very quick as I believe it is just going through and throwing out every other scene to yield a file with a 30 fps. Take a look, appears to be just like the original (to me). http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...20720p%20SW.mpg What I'm finding is that, with the exception of single m2ts files, MyDVD re-renders every type of video (from VW) that I throw at it. When it does this, it introduces the "jerkiness/uneven motion" that I've mentioned. This can be seen when I play the AVCHD DVD in my Blu-ray player. I can't find an output type (from VW) that won't get re-rendered in MyDVD. Does anyone have any info on this? Is there any format that I can create with VW that won't get re-rendered? What are the specs of what it's rendering to when I use the "Same as Original" setting in MyDVD, does anyone know? Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    I have read the manual and I'll say it again... My camera only does 60 fps for HD (AVCHD-Lite) although it's really 30 fps with each frame being used twice - there is no way to change the fps setting for this. Here is the manual, see page 128: http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/DMCZS1.PDF Ultimately, the real issue here is that MyDVD re-renders (and degrades) m2ts files in all but the most trivial of cases (IE; a single file). When it doesn't re-render, the quality is terrific. Perhaps this will be fixed in a Service Pack or later version...
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Hi, The camera is a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 Lumix. In the VW projects in question, I'm using no transitions or editing of any kind. Just one (or more) m2ts files. I've noticed the same thing, when using the "MPEG-2 High Definition 720p" option on the "High Definition" menu to output from VW, the "render" is very fast. This was encouraging because it seemed as if VW was basically just streaming through the source file, writing out every other frame, and not doing any encoding. And the output file from this plays very nicely on my machine in WMP. But, these files get re-rendered (and lose their quality and smoothness) in MyDVD. I have a Panasonic Blu-ray player (DMP-BD60) but do not yet have a Blu-ray burner for my PC. That is why I've been doing some testing using AVCHD DVDs (my Blu-ray player will play them). If I add "movies" to an AVCHD/Blu-ray DVD in MyDVD that are single m2ts files (or VW projects containing only single m2ts files), those "movies" are smart-rendered when burning (I see no preview of those movies/projects, the progress meter will just jump during the "Encoding Movies" step). The video from these smart-rendered "movies" plays beautifully on my Blu-ray player. Any "movies" added that are anything other than what I stated in the previous paragraph get re-rendered and lose their quality and smoothness. I'm hoping that there is some way to get the program to work as it does for regular DVDs (previously rendered mpg video in a project is smart-rendered and remains untouched, for example). Thanks, Steven
  8. saculver7

    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    I've uploaded the various "support" files that go along with the video files that I posted previously. There are three small files that accompany each video file. I did not need them in order to load or work with these files but perhaps you do? Here is a link: http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...upportFiles.zip Put those files in the same directory as the video files. Leave all of the names and extensions the same. Regarding brightness, the first video was taken from a different spot and overall is a bit less "bright" than the other two. The last two have more water surface reflecting the sun. My camera only does 60 fps for HD (AVCHD-Lite) although it's really 30 fps with each frame being used twice. When I use VW to "Output-> Export As" any of these files, in every format that I've tried (with one exception), the resultant video is not smooth. The one exception is: the "MPEG-2 High Definition 720p" option on the "High Definition" menu. The output of this format plays smooth, I believe it is because the frame rate of this option is 29.97 fps which is exactly half of the 59.94 fps of my video files and it's also 720p, which is a match. In order to see the "smoothness" I was referring to, in the first video that I uploaded, watch the head of the woman that walks through the scene. When I keep my eyes focused on her, I can really see how the video "jerks" (with the exception of video rendered with the option that I described in the previous paragraph). I believe that this is due to frame-rate mismatches. What do you get when you try to create an AVCHD/Blu-Ray DVD in MyDVD using VW projects with these m2ts files? Try one VW project that contains one m2ts file and a second VW project that contains two m2ts files. When I do this, only the first one (containing only one m2ts file) will be smart-rendered in MyDVD. Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Hi, Here are some sample files: http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...208_121240.m2ts http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...208_121339.m2ts http://www.upfordown.com/files/download/69...208_121630.m2ts I'm trying to figure out how to create an AVCHD/Blu-ray DVD without having these files get re-rendered in MyDVD. If I add a single one of them (or a VW project containing a single one of them) to an AVCHD/Blu-ray session in MyDVD, that particular "movie" will be smart-rendered (IE; not re-rendered) and the resultant video looks great. However, if I add a VW project that contains one of these files and something else (maybe a second m2ts file or jpgs or something), the entire "movie" will be re-rendered with a noticeable loss of quality and the jerkiness that I've referred to previously. Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Yes, all of the original files are the same "quality" and were created with identical camera settings. The rate varies a bit but is usually a bit under 15000 Kbps. I just did a quick test and created an HD mpg2 file and a VW project that contained multiple copies of the same m2ts/mts file. The only elements in the mpg file and VW project were three copies of the same m2ts/mts clip, in both cases, MyDVD wanted to re-render it. I'm not sure how much the VBR may be playing into all of this. The discs that I'm trying to create are merely for test purposes and only contain a few minutes (total) of video. I've tried all of the settings in MyDVD but was concentrating on the "Same as Original" and "EP" settings as those would yield the same sized target (1280x720). I always render out to an ISO file and then do the burn as a separate step. If you'd like, contact me and I can set some m2ts/mts files up that you can download and tinker around with. Thanks, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Hi, We're going down the wrong road here, let me summarize my initial post a bit and see if we can't refine the search for a solution... I can create video segments (from VW) using the "MPEG-2 High Definition 720p" option on the "High Definition" menu that look decent and play smoothly in Windows Media Player. When I try to write that video to an AVCHD DVD (in MyDVD) it always get re-rendered (regardless of the quality setting or SW/HW rendering setting), which results in additional quality degradation, and yields a jerky, non-smooth playback (when watching the resultant DVD on my Blu-ray player). I can also add single m2ts/mts files (or VW projects containing a single m2ts/mts file) to MyDVD and it SmartEncodes them (IE; does not re-render) and the resultant DVD looks great. However, if I try to add a VW project that contains more than one m2ts/mts file, MyDVD always re-renders (regardless of the quality setting or SW/HW rendering setting), which results in additional quality degradation, and yields a jerky, non-smooth playback (when watching the resultant DVD on my Blu-ray player). The re-rendering being done in MyDVD seems to be the culprit here... Thanks again, Steven
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    DVD creation issues with m2ts/mts files

    Hard drive is defragged and this was a completely clean install (per the posts on this site) when I installed it (to clean out everything from EMC8). As stated in the post, have done the entire cycle with both SW and HW rendering - no difference. I always "burn" to a file first and then burn the ISO to the DVD as a separate step. Computer info: -- Dell XPS M1210 with a Core 2 Duo running at 2.33GHZ -- 2 GB of RAM -- Windows XP SP3 -- Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 256MB -- Hitachi 80 GB hard drive -- TSST DVD+-RW TS-L632D -- LITE-ON DX-20A3H-05 LS Thanks, Steven
  13. Hi everyone, I've run into some issues trying to create DVDs using AVCHD video files. The files in question are mts/m2ts file from a Panasonic Lumix camera that uses the AVCHD-Lite codec. File specs are: 1280x720 @ 59.94 fps (uses two "frames" for each image). The rate varies a bit but is usually a bit under 15000 Kbps. Initially, I did a test to see how the HD video would be rendered. I created an AVCHD DVD to test out on my Blu-ray player. When adding movies to MyDVD that consisted of either a single mts/m2ts file or a VW project consisting of a single mts/m2ts file, MyDVD would not perform any rendering/encoding and write (SmartEncode) the video clips directly to the DVD. The resultant quality was outstanding. However, when trying to add VW projects (or video rendered from a VW project) that contains anything other than a single mts/m2ts file (such as two mts/m2ts files or mts/m2ts files and jpgs), MyDVD will always re-render/encode the project/video. This yields a significant quality degradation and results in video that is jerky and does not play back smoothly. SmartEncode is selected. Video card drivers are up-to-date. I've tried rendering projects out to many different formats (from VW) to try to find something that MyDVD wouldn't re-render... From the Export As" menu in Videowave: -- All of the types from the "Blu-ray Authoring" menu -- The 720p types (Blu-ray AVC EP & AVCHD 720p) from the "AVC (H.264)" menu -- The 720p types (Blu-ray AVC EP & AVCHD 720p) from the "High Definition" menu I was quite encouraged to find the "MPEG-2 High Definition 720p" option on the "High Definition" menu because it was 1280x720 @ 29.97 fps. I figured that this might be the one that would work well for this source material. Unfortunately, MyDVD still re-renders video output with this setting and the result is jerky playback. When played by itself (such as in Windows Media Player), the mpg file that this setting produces plays back smoothly. The re-rendering in MyDVD appears to be the source of the jerky playback. I've tried different project settings in MyDVD as well ("Same as Original, EP, etc). I had seen other posts about "jerky" video and the suggestions to use software rendering. I tested this out as well (creating an entirely new DVD using only software rendering; both in VW and MyDVD) and the result was the same, video is still "jerky" and not smooth. At this point, I have two issues that I'm trying to resolve: 1) I would like to find a way in which I can create AVCHD/Blu-ray DVDs with movies that contain more than a single mts/m2ts file and retain the quality of the original source material (IE; don't get re-rendered in MyDVD). 2) All MyDVD AVCHD rendered video/projects (with the exception of single mts/m2ts files) are jerky and do not play back smoothly. My DVD appears to be where the jerkiness is getting introduced. Does anyone know a way around these problems or have any suggestions? Thanks, Steven
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    MyDVD re-encoding mpg files

    Update: I've gotten good results by deleting and re-adding the movie in question. My "menu" as such is only one image and one button but perhaps something got disassociated somehow when I originally set it up? Now when I burn it, it goes straight to the mpeg circles screen and does not show the preview. I've been able to recreate this behavior multiple times. The mpg file is still the same file as in my original question (output at VW Best Quality and being burned in MyDVD at High Quality). Steven
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    MyDVD re-encoding mpg files

    Thanks for the tip but that doesn't appear to be the issue. Both VW & MyDVD are 9Mbps Best/High Quality. I did do a test though, by rendering some video out at 8Mbps in VW and tried it at various settings in MyDVD (HQ, Same as Original and a Custom setting using 8Mbps) and it didn't make any difference. It still wants to re-encode each time. It's very puzzling, I'm not sure what to try next... Thanks, Steven
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