What's a Ze disc? Is it a hi-def video source?
Naturally, if you want to create BluRay video, you'll need a good hi-def video source. Ideally an HDV or AVCHD camcorder.
Ze disc is just "the disc" with a funny accent. Scuse my jovial nature but I'm a bit like that I'm afraid.
But what is it? A BluRay disc? A DVD? A DVD produced by a program? A DVD produced by a DVD camcorder?
It makes a huge difference where you're video is coming from and whether it's hi-def or standard def video.
Please be as specific as possible.
I'm only talking about Blu Ray discs. I've done some looking around on the net, and it seems that on a blu ray the video will be called M2ts files, within an area called Stream.If that's the case then I can start looking into how to bring them onto the desktop, and ready them for use in Prem El.
I'll post more as I know more.
Do be aware that there are both copyright and copy protection issues with what you describe, and since many of the people here do this for a living, they do not look favorably on taking content from a commercial disc... and therefore do not offer much (if anything) in the way of help
If you look up at my first post you'll see I have said "unprotected" discs. I have no interest in commercial discs, just the ones people around me are making with their computers. I work in a place abundant with makers of short original films, and they often look to me for help in assembling compilations of their material for them.
I work in a place abundant with makers of short original films, and they often look to me for help in assembling compilations of their material for them.
Where possible, one will always be better off going to the original footage, before it is compressed to BD (or DVD). Every level of compression will degrade to footage to some degree. The degradation is also cumulative, and as the compression can never be undone (at least the loss of data), one should have the fewest number of compression steps. As most HD material has already undergone one compression (in camera), the fewer additional compression steps, the better the quality will be.
Sometimes, it is just not possible to get to the original material. When possible, rather than a BD (or DVD), it would be better for the creator to Export the material to a lossless, intermediate format/CODEC, like Lagarith, or UT. Now, transport might need to be via an external HDD, rather than via an optical disc, and I have used those and ship all over the world, with no issues so far.
The actual Full HD video file on a Blue Ray disk made by PE9 is in a 'Stream folder' as a single M2ts file.
The M2ts file produced by PE9 is the same quality as the original M2ts camera file and can be copied just like a document on a disk..
Its not like a VOB made from of an AVI DV that needs converting back.
An AVCHD (M2ts) file is already compressed by the camera so there's none needed when making the blue ray disk unless you want to fit more than 25gb on the disk.
If the original camera file is M2ts then the Blue Ray disk file is M2ts.
You can copy an unprotected M2ts file back from the BD disk with Windows Explorer and re-import it into PE9 for more editing
You can play it with latest version of Windows Media Player and it looks just as terrific as the original camera .M2ts file
Blue Ray is great!
Hah, we're getting somewhere! Right then;
So let's say I've got PE9 (or PE10 if it comes out later this year), then one should be able to copy the m2ts file(s) from an unprotected blu ray disc (that I have full permission to copy from) into the timeline, and if it can be brought in ok then I don't need to do anything to it and burn another blu ray ok? I don't need to convert anythng before bringing it into Prem El?