Late Response - sorry
by steveheric - 9/29/12 10:01 PM
In Reply to: Double Checking..... by TxTroy
Sorry for the long delay, but I missed the notice of your reply and had not been back to this site in awhile.
I have tried shooting in iFrame and 1080i/AVCHD (highest quality of the 4 choices:HA1920) and 1080/60p (highest quality overall). The 1080i has no particular advantage in my opinion, save for some space efficiency. It takes longer to convert (requires deinterlacing) but it will shoot 2 hours on a 16GB card vs 1:23:00 for 1080/60p.
If you don't mind the smaller resolution of iFrame, it is certainly most convenient, since it reads directly into iMovie.
But if you want the higher 1080 resolution, use the 1080/60p mode. ClipWrap converts it in one step to AIC mode (compatible with iMovie), or it can also convert to FCP native formats, and does so reasonably quickly. It took about 2 minutes for a 42 second clip on my old 2006 iMac (2.33GHz Intel Core Duo) to convert to AIC. You can load up all the clips from a "PRIVATE" folder and batch convert overnight or while you are working on something else. ClipWrap does not do deinterlacing, so the 1080i modes would require a different program and/or additional step. (I use MPEG Streamclip to deinterlace and do some other conversions, but it is slow relative to ClipWrap.)
The 1080/60p mode is also useful if you are shooting action footage, footage that you want to "stabilize" or footage that you want to zoom into, since these edits cut down on resolution, and you want to start with as much resolution as possible.
I have had NO quality difference going from camera to computer. I don't know what could cause that.
One more thing. You can just copy the whole PRIVATE folder from the camera and/or SD card and not worry about losing any quality. The PRIVATE folder (or the underlying AVCHD folder) is what you drag to ClipWrap. Don't try to isolate the files buried further down. ClipWrap needs the directory structure and figures everything out.
Of course it's been 3 months, and I'm sure you have been experimenting yourself with this camera so I hope you have already figured this stuff out, but I thought I would post anyway. Maybe it will help you, or other readers. Let me know how it's going!
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