I have a Canon HF-10 shooting AVCHD. I would like to edit and save projects at the highest possible quality to view on my 1080p TV. However, I would like to store the files on my computer where I have a backed up HD. I'd also like to be able to watch the files on the computer if I want (at HD quality). Are there export settings that can act as an "all-in-one" while maintaining a very high quality?
For TV playback I'm thinking of using something like a Western Digital HD Media Player which can play files off a HD (specs say they support: Video -MPEG1/2/4, WMV9, AVI (MPEG4, Xvid, AVC), H.264, MKV, MOV (MPEG4, H.264), MTS, TP, TS)
Yes, export as high definition MPEG2 or H.264 format. go to Share>Personal Computer>MPEG and then in the Presets select the 1080i MPEG2 or H.264 presets.
And what is the best way to play a m2t file back on the computer? Can this be done with WMP or another player?
Windows Media Player may have issues with the file extension... you can try to play them if it says it does not recognise the extension say play anyway.
Otherwise download the freeware Media Player Classic: