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If I were Sony, and AVCHD was my baby (and it is), I would do anything and everything I could to make sure that AVCHD played back best on my hardware and my software. Licensing only goes so far. I know that smacks of "Conspiracy Theory", but it wouldn't be the first time that Sony played that game.
Now it's rumored that a new version of Edius will play and edit native AVCHD very smoothly, but it's also rumored that even beyond MPE, software playback in the upcoming CS5 will also play back much better than before "on the same hardware".
Vegas 9 now, Edius #New soon (now?) and CS5 soon. Might be a good time to wait and see.
John, I just so happened to run across this past thursday.. I tried converting some files with all three of the programs he mentions in that thread this past week. Too much trouble, too slow, don't want to spend the extra dollars. The freeware would only convert certain clips. It apparently didn't like the bitrate I was using (maxed out).
Thanks for the idea though!
Jeff, I agree. I think there are some growning pains. Just like their were with DV. I have faith in Adobe, and I'm a fan of Sony electronics (I was a Betamax fan all the way up to my current PS3. Love it), but I'm also aware of their propietary ways.
I bet in 12-18 months there will be little talk of all this AVCHD headache.
With every new format history repeats it self.
I remember my first dv camera it filmed in widescreen. WOW
But no software to edit widescreen.
I still have a dvd that can only be played on a widescreen tv............
Yep. Same here, Ann. Well, you can watch it on a 4x3 TV if you want, but everyone is tall and skinny.