The Sony HDR-CS560 is an AVCHD 1920x1080 camcorder. You should select the 1920x1080 AVCHD project settings.
You shold definitely NOT shoot in 50p! This format is not supported in 1920x1080 by Premiere Elements (or any other consumer program). Shoot in 50i. Otherwise you're going to have lots of trouble later. (Although 50p gives a slightly more lifelike video, you won't likely see the difference anyway -- especially when you output your disc.)
Premiere Elements 9 handles AVCHD much more efficiently than version 8. I'd definitely recommend an upgrade. Version 10 is likely in development, but no official words has been leaked on its features. (Although it will not likely support 1920x1080 at 50p either -- so version 9 is your best bet.)
The Sony HDR-CX160 shoots in exactly the same video format (at least if you shoot in PS or FX mode -- which you should). Likewise, the cam shoots in 50p and 50i format -- and I'd recommend you stick with 50i, particularly if you plan to mix footage from these two cams in the same project.
Really appreciate your help.
1 clarification needed, i will use my camera on 50i. The HDR-CX160E PAL
camera i have available to buy from USA at present is advertised as 60i or
60p. Should i not buy this camera and wait for a 50i/50p model?
Currently i can find one shop in NY that has this PAL 60i/60p unit
available, then another shop in NY advertises the exact same camera in
PAL 50i/50p but says they are not yet available.
As I think you already know, 60i (~29.97 fps) is for the NTSC television system while 50i is for (25 fps) is for PAL.
I would definitely NOT combine this video in the same project. And, since I assume you're working in PAL video, I'd definitely look for a PAL version of this camcorder (or something similar) rather than work with two different video standards.
The confusing thing is that Sony are now selling thier new models as ntsc
60i or 50i, pal models 60i or 50i and thier rep has informed me that these
new cameras will work with either frame rate, ie as long as i buy a pal
camera the frame rate will not matter. This confuses me and am unsure of
editing issues, i am hoping someone with a better understanding than me has
already proven this to be correct or incorrect. I believe its an attempt to
I've had a Sony HDR CX350VE/T for 9 months (the same quality as 550 but with less features)
It gives excellent results with PE9 in DVD and Blue Ray - as good as broadcast FullHD,
Shoot HD in FH mode 1900x1080i 50f - Its the only one that works with PE9
You can mix DVI SD with AVCHD quite well in the same HD project.
Nearly all players and wide screen TVs in Australia can play either 60 or 50 frames because of the high penetration of wide screen TVs here.
But multi capability may not be as commonplace in USA.
If you want to sell DVDs & Blue Rays to USA you might have to shoot in 60f with a 60f camera. Can any yanks out there comment on this?
so it looks like most TV's in Aussy and probably NZ now will play either 50
or 60 frames so that is good.
Do you know whether PE9 will accept both 50f and 60frames in the same
project and edit successfully? ie my HDR-CX560E is in 50frames and the only
Sony HDR-CX160E i can currently find at a good price is in 60 frames and
want to use both cameras for same project.
I and probably nearly everyone else in this forum have never tried!
A further Google search might find someone who has actually tried it
Possibly you might be able to get some software that converts one or the other into the same frame speed the import them into PE.
The whole situation regarding different country standards is quite messy. See for example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/720p this suggests it is easier to convert 60p to 50frames but because Standarf def in PAL(576) countries is higher resolution than in USA(480), the use of 720 in PAL countries is not a great improvement so 1080 has become the standard.
I think i will hold off buying 2nd camera until a 50f is available in this
model. Thank you and Steve very much for the great support
by 50f I meant 50 interlaced FIELDS
There are 2 fields to each frame of 25 per second.This is the same whether 50i or 50p
Interlaced fields are written at half the speed shifted down by one pixel so you get 1,3,5,7,9 in one frame and 2,4,6,8,10 in the next frame and so on giving you a saving in speed and storage, The eye averages these out to a single picture
Progressive frames are written as lines 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 at twice the speed and twice the amount of storage needed for the same resolution.
Progressive was developed for fast motion and on old TV sets that couldnt handle it but good modern TVs show them the same.
An ideal camera would be one that could shoot in either 50i or 60i and still be as good quality as a Sony CX550!
There are a number of software packages that convert the final product.- much cheaper than buying a second camera and editing twice.
I live in a 50 hz world and a lot of our commercial TV originates from USA. It looks perfectly good converted to our 1900x1080i to me and noticably better than some 720p 50hz that comes form UK.
ok, in June 14, Premiere Elements didn't supported the 50p.
But what is now ? I've Premiere Elements 11, an the best i have is 1920 x 1080 p 30 :-(((
not bad but NOT the same I recorded.
When will we have this quality ?? update ???
Premiere Elements 11 fully supports AVCHD 1920x1080p60, coyote.
My article, on the DETAILS link on the left side of this page, gives a description of all of the great new features in version 11, if you're interested.
Thank you for the link +++++