If I go in the Share Tab and click the advanced button I am able to fine tune my rendering settings. I found that changing the Bitrate Settings on the video tab will allow me reduce the file size. The default settings is 21 Mbps for both target and Max, I think it is WAY higher than the Sony Camcorder does natively so that is why the file size was growing??? is this correct?
Anyways, changing the Maximum Bitrate slider to about 10.1 Mbps gave me a file size equal to the original file from the Sony camcorder. The quality looks a tad softer than the original, but it's really hard to tell.
Anyone know if this is the solution to the problem described above? And, anyone know what bitrate these Sony HD cams output normally?
What bitrate did you capture the video at? The SR11 captures 1920x1080 at 16Mbps or 1440x1080 at 9Mbps, 7Mbps, 5Mbps dependant on the setting you have chosen.
Yes Paul, it was a bitrate issue... I was recording at 1440x1080 and encoding at 21 Mbps, so hence the file size was growing.
You are right,When you apply H264 codec to AVCHD footage it will increase the size of the video becuase the AVCHD and H264 properties and qualities are different. It is as designed. If you have to reduce the size you can change the bit rate, this would reduce the quality of your video. premiere doesnot has the option to export the video as AVCHD.
But to clarify, if the camcorder is recording at 9 Mbps and I encode in premiere using H.264 9 Mpbs I don't think the quality is impacted. At least it's really hard to tell the difference from the few test's I have run.
Also, I must be confused about the difference between AVCHD and H264 because they seem to both be M2T or M2TS file format.
Think of it this way:
AVCHD is a specification and marketing term owned by Panasonic/Sony, and is based on MPEG-4 AVC / H.264.
H.264 is a codec standard, not just a codec by itself.
How this codec is used differs, hence the differences in sizes, bitrates, quality and so forth.
For example if you use one of the lower quality profile settings H.264 can encode at your file sizes will be smaller and quality won't look as nice as if you use one of the higher quality profile settings.
any transcoding at export will be detrimental to video quality and I have also noticed increase in files sized even with matching bitrates (I have Sony HD cam similar to the OP's).
I found the solution in Mainconcept MPEG HD plugin which enables smart rendering - it just renders the transitions and effects, and in case there is some footage that has not been affected - it just puts it intact into the output file - thus preserving 100% quality!