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> It is diminished to the point that i could not turn this into clients without them noticing. Why am I losing quality? Any suggestions?
The source material is not suited for editing.
> which were shot in the dreaded AVCHD format
You said it all there yourself. :-)
To answer your question, you should convert to AVI not mpeg to edit. Try DV AVI type 2.
You should not lose noticable quality at all.
I have to disagree Howard. DV is strictly a standard definition codec. Converting the high definition AVCHD to DV will definitely result in a quality loss.
The better solution for AVCHD right now might be something like the Blackmagic Intensity card, which allows you to capture via HDMI as full resolution and in an easily editable format.
> Converting the high definition AVCHD to DV will definitely result in a quality loss.
Will it not be the same when exporting to a DVD? It has to end up as SD at some point, unless he is wanting to retain the Hi Def... in which case then I would not know what to do.
Where might I get this BlackMagic Intensity card and how much does it cost? Is this my only solution?
I'm not trying to retain the Hi Def. I realize it has to be SD but the quality loss is trememdous.
Then Chris, I am sure I stand to be corrected but the quality loss from HD to SD should be the same (depending on your methods & settings)and should
make a difference whether you do it upstream or downstream.
It is possible for the final results to look the same whether you convert to SD before or after editing. But take care, it is also very possible for one method to produce better results than the other. There are many variables that can come into play here.
Ideally, you want to keep everything at best quality until the final export.
> it is also very possible for one method to produce better results than the other. There are many variables that can come into play here.
This is true.