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Since no response I've been searching and found the following.
When encoding to make a Blu-Ray disk from my HDV 1080i footage:
1. Tell encoder the source is 1080i That is interlaced and it's TOP field first for HDV footage.
2. Tell it to encode to 1440 x 1080 resolution. You could tell it 1920 x 1080 but it will take much longer to encode. Will be good but why bother. All BD players will automatically up the 1440 to 1902 full screen.
3. Beware, not all players support BD-R and BD-RE recordable disks.
Seems Panasonic is good. Samsung probably good. Sony and Sharp probably not able to read (yet).
4. All players read MPEG-2 compression and H264 compression. Use a bit rate of 25 Mbps for MPEG-2 encode or 18 Mbps for equivalent result in H264 encode. Can use higher rates. These are minimums for a very good result
5. One pass encode is pretty damn good but use two pass if you have the time to wait for the encode.
I cant help at this time but I'm not far away from getting Bluray burner and have been wondering if a Sony Playstation III will play burnt bluray disks?
At present I edit in HD and burn to DVD. But recognize it wont be long and more folks will want to see stuff in HD!
I have not tried it but I read somewhere that the Playstation 3 plays them. Which makes me wonder why the Sony Blu-Ray player does not. I wouldn't mind betting the real answer is NO is does not play burnt Blu-Rays
I took my re-writable Blu-Ray disk to my local electrical appliance retailer and played it on a Samsung player on a 50" screen. Blew me away! Forget DVD it's rubbish by comparison. If I knew someone with a PS3 I would do a test.
Really pleased with my Sony HDV footage on Blu-Ray disk.
I have a PS3 and it plays bluray disks Ive bruned with encore just fine. Gorgeous in fact.
And though some folks are fond of the new upscaling dvd players, I dont think they will hold a candle to properly crafted bluray footage on large sets. Sure, upscaled dvds will look great on a 40" set or smaller; but on the big sets bluray does look a whole lot better.
Went to another retailer today. Tried my home burnt re-writable Blu_Ray disk with 3 levels of menus, Chapters, 2 x movies from HDR camera ftg, slideshow, etc....
Sharp BD HP20 Could not read disk.
Sony Play Station 3 could read disk and play but not full screen and not Hi Def. Screen displayed 525i or some similar number in top left corner of screen at start. Very low definition.
Sony BDP S300 Played well.
Panasonic DMP DB30 Played well.
Thanks for all testing.
I have ordered my burner! How much do black disks cost in your neck of the woods?
Still expensive A$12 each!
And I can't get disks with a printable surface yet.
Verbatim writable 56 per 5 in jewel case, speed 2x. No printables.
Verbatim rewritable 100 per 5 in jewel case, speed 2x.
In comparison Verbatim full face printable DVD+R 18.95 per 50 Cakebox, speed 16x.