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Old 01-24-2011, 11:37 AM   #1
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hi i just brought a jvc gz-hm330 hd camcorder i was wondering how can i burn the videos i recorded of camera on to a dvd with out losing the hd quality.many thanks
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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hi i just brought a jvc gz-hm330 hd camcorder i was wondering how can i burn the videos i recorded of camera on to a dvd with out losing the hd quality.many thanks
You can use video editing programs which will import your video clips, edit them, and then burn in high definition, eg. AVCHD, to a standard DVD (around 20 minutes capacity) and Dual layer (around 40 minutes). I've used Pinnacle and Nero to do this with a DVD burner.
BUT - a Blu-ray player is needed to play these DVDs.
The same situation applies if you have a blu-ray burner and use Blu-ray blanks.
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:37 AM   #3
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You can use video editing programs which will import your video clips, edit them, and then burn in high definition, eg. AVCHD, to a standard DVD (around 20 minutes capacity) and Dual layer (around 40 minutes). I've used Pinnacle and Nero to do this with a DVD burner.
BUT - a Blu-ray player is needed to play these DVDs.
The same situation applies if you have a blu-ray burner and use Blu-ray blanks.
thanks for info would they still be in hd as other people have told me if put to a standard dvd or dual layer dvd it will automatical burn them in standard def and would have to burn them to blu ray dvd to keep hd also is there any free editing software programs i can download of internet to do this with.
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Old 01-25-2011, 12:15 PM   #4
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thanks for info would they still be in hd as other people have told me if put to a standard dvd or dual layer dvd it will automatical burn them in standard def and would have to burn them to blu ray dvd to keep hd also is there any free editing software programs i can download of internet to do this with.
Video editing programs allow you to select an output other than standard DVD-Video resolution. For example, my Nero Vision 5 offers DVD-Video, Editable DVD, AVCHD, and mini HD DVD on standard DVD or dual layer DVDs. AVCHD and mini HD DVD are the high definition versions. I have used both, and the resulting DVDs play fine on my LG Blu-ray/HD DVD combo PC drive. Most if not all stand alone Blu-ray players play DVDs with AVCHD format, together with other HD formats such as DivxHD. Even budget Blu-ray players (I have the Sony BDB-S370) play most high definition files from a USB stick or HDD without having to burn a DVD.

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:48 PM   #5
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Someone needs to make a sticky of the rules, as we seem to get these questions about four times a week.

The rules for discs are as follows:
  1. First and foremost, if the disc will play in a regular DVD player, it can't be HD in any form.
  2. DVD Movie files can never be High Definition.
  3. Blu-Ray Movie files are High Definition (assuming they were made from an HD source) and require a Blu-Ray player. They will not play in a regular DVD Player.
  4. HD Data (i.e. non-movie) files can be burned to a DVD disc, and they may play on some Blu-Ray players. They must be very short and they will not play on any DVD player.
  5. Some disc authoring programs will let you burn very short Blu-Ray Movie files to a DVD disc. They require a Blu-Ray player. They will not play on any regular DVD player.
  6. You can burn a Regular DVD movie file to a Blu-Ray disc but that won't make it High Definition.
  7. The best way to do this is to import your HD files into an editing program, edit them, author them to a Blu-Ray disc via an authoring program that supports this, using a Blu-Ray Burner, and play them back on a Blu-Ray player into a proper HDTV.
  8. There are some Direct to DVD burners that you plug your cam directly into, and they will downconvert to standard DVD and burn to DVD disc. This will not be HD.
  9. There are other burners that will burn an HD AVCHD Data disc directly from an AVCHD cam. These will be HD Data discs. They will not be Blu-Ray Movie discs. They require a Blu-Ray player that supports AVCHD playback. They will not play in a regular DVD player.
  10. There are no Direct to Blu-Ray burners that I know of.
  11. There are no DVD Drives that will either read or write to Blu-Ray discs. All Blu-Ray drives should read and write to DVD discs just fine.
Guys, have I left anything out or gotten anything wrong?
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:19 PM   #6
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Someone needs to make a sticky of the rules, as we seem to get these questions about four times a week.

The rules for discs are as follows:
  1. First and foremost, if the disc will play in a regular DVD player, it can't be HD in any form.
  2. DVD Movie files can never be High Definition.
  3. Blu-Ray Movie files are High Definition (assuming they were made from an HD source) and require a Blu-Ray player. They will not play in a regular DVD Player.
  4. HD Data files can be burned to a DVD disc, and they may play on some Blu-Ray players. They must be very short and they will not play on any DVD player.
  5. Some disc authoring programs will let you burn very short Blu-Ray Movie files to a DVD disc. They require a Blu-Ray player. They will not play on any regular DVD player.
  6. You can burn a Regular DVD movie file to a Blu-Ray disc but that won't make it High Definition.
  7. The best way to do this is to import your HD files into an editing program, edit them, author them to a Blu-Ray disc via an authoring program that supports this, using a Blu-Ray Burner, and play them back on a Blu-Ray player into a proper HDTV.
  8. There are some Direct to DVD burners that you plug your cam directly into, and they will downconvert to standard DVD and burn to DVD disc. This will not be HD.
  9. There are other burners that will burn an HD AVCHD Data disc directly from an AVCHD cam. These will be HD Data discs. They will not be Blu-Ray Movie discs. They require a Blu-Ray player that supports AVCHD playback. They will not play in a regular DVD player.
  10. There are no Direct to Blu-Ray burners that I know of.
  11. There are no DVD Drives that will either read or write to Blu-Ray discs. All Blu-Ray drives should read and write to DVD discs just fine.
Guys, have I left anything out or gotten anything wrong?
Seems pretty comprehensive and understandable.
Just terminology but might the word "data" mean "non video files" to some people?
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thanks for info is nero vision 5 free to download of web?
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Video editing programs allow you to select an output other than standard DVD-Video resolution. For example, my Nero Vision 5 offers DVD-Video, Editable DVD, AVCHD, and mini HD DVD on standard DVD or dual layer DVDs. AVCHD and mini HD DVD are the high definition versions. I have used both, and the resulting DVDs play fine on my LG Blu-ray/HD DVD combo PC drive. Most if not all stand alone Blu-ray players play DVDs with AVCHD format, together with other HD formats such as DivxHD. Even budget Blu-ray players (I have the Sony BDB-S370) play most high definition files from a USB stick or HDD without having to burn a DVD.
do you know if the ps3 will play these dvds in hd in the avchd or divxhd format?
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:04 PM   #9
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thanks for info is nero vision 5 free to download of web?
My version is obsolete but you can download the latest version, Nero Premium Video HD from the Nero website:
http://www.nero.com/enu/downloads.html
A working version costs 35 from Amazon, and you can buy the whole suite, Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD, for 20 more.

If you don't get on with Nero there are several other good programs recommended on these forums which you may want to try.

A PS3 with a Blu-ray drive would play standard DVDs burned with HD AVCHD files. Don't know what software is needed though.
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multiAVCHD is a comprehensive program that many of us used when we first started burning avchd files to a dvd disc (for playback in a BD player). It is a free program and rather simple to use. The author has an in-depth website. Be a good starting place.
http://multiavchd.deanbg.com/
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...might the word "data" mean "non video files" to some people?
As in "non-movie." As in they won't play in a DVD player or some BD players, but likely will play on a computer.
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As in "non-movie." As in they won't play in a DVD player or some BD players, but likely will play on a computer.
I'm confused (but that's not unusual) - is there a difference between HD data file in step 4., and short Blu-ray Movie in step 5.?
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Yes, that's the whole point.

Blu-Ray Movies have a specific file structure and are probably m2v files and will be identified by your player as BDMV or some such.

Data files are not movies (no menus, interactivity or anything like that, just data), and could have a variety of formats, like m2t, mts and the like. They may or may not play on a Blu-Ray player but they can be burned to almost any medium if they'll fit.
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multiAVCHD is a comprehensive program that many of us used when we first started burning avchd files to a dvd disc (for playback in a BD player). It is a free program and rather simple to use. The author has an in-depth website. Be a good starting place.
http://multiavchd.deanbg.com/
cheers would i be able to burn my video on to stardard dual layer dvd and keep hd quality to play in my ps3 with this software?
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cheers would i be able to burn my video on to stardard dual layer dvd and keep hd quality to play in my ps3 with this software?
In a nutshell,yes. Just make sure you tick the region free knobby. PS3 does play avchd files.
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