HD movies from camcorder to HDTV playback

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Chip NoVaMac, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    Tried to do a search - but my attempts came up empty with answers that made sense....

    I have a customer that just bought the Canon HF200 and has an interest in making HDTV playable media that she has edited in iMovie on her Mac. She is a newbie to all this, as I am too.

    They have no BlueRay player as of yet. I know that the Canon DW-100 can record HD video from the camcorder - is there away to do the edit in iMovie and send it back to the camcorder for HD playback?

    Guess looking for the simplest solution for her.

    Thanks...
     
  2. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    I don't think that's possible as the HF200 records in AVCHD and iMovie would have converted the video to AIC. I think your customer has a couple of options.

    1. Connect the Mac to the TV and watch that way.

    2. See if the TV accepts SD (or Memory Stick) cards. If so, does it support common HD codecs/containers? If so, convert the iMovie project to a compatible file and play through the flash card.

    3. She could buy an aTV. Once the iMovie project is "published", it should be accessible (sync/stream) to the aTV.

    4. She could buy any number of media extenders (I've been looking at the Western Digital TV HD Live). She'd export her iMovie project to a compatible file onto an external HDD or flash drive. Connect that to the WD TVHD Live and play. The Live also supports network streaming, so she can leave her file on the Mac.

    5. Get a BluRay player that supports AVCHD discs (BD-5 or BD-9). I suppose she has a Superdrive ... and she'd need to get Toast 10 with the HD plug-in (Toast 9 also does it). She'd burn her iMovie project (in HD) onto a DVD that would be playable with a BD player.

    Of course, options 3, 4, and 5 cost money. Options 1 and 2 don't really cost anything, other than some cables and perhaps an extra flash card ... provided they have the right equipment.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac thread starter macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

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    Forgot about that option!

    In the end she has children (adults) that are a mix of HD and SD... she is wanting to share content between family members...


    Far above her understanding and needs LOL

    ROFL - I suggested this to here last night as an option for her at home! Even went as far as suggesting they "upgrade" the SD family members to HDTV with aTV for here videos! And heck, I don't even sell the Apple stuff!


    Sounds like something that is above her though....

    Thanks, this is the best possible solution. But the question is does she have to burn two different discs? One for HDTV and and another for SDTV?
     
  4. ftaok macrumors 601

    ftaok

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    OK,

    It seems there are a bunch of different needs here, depending on if it's for your customer or her family (which I assume are in different houses, perhaps states).

    So for you customer, I would suggest getting a BluRay player that supports AVCHD discs. She can burn both HD and SD material. HD material would be burned as BD-5 or BD-9 discs. SD material would be burned as DVDs. The BluRay player will play both of these discs.

    The second option for her would be the aTV. She would just "publish" her iMovie projects (I think it's called Share) in the proper format/resolution. Her aTV would pick up the video from her Mac and she's good. Definately the easier of the two options.

    Between the BD player and the aTV, it's probably a toss up as to which one to get. Really depends on how she'd use them. If she's a "buyer", then a BD player is probably best. If she's a "renter", then perhaps the aTV is for her.

    As for her family members, I would guess that they all have computers. Instead of sending them DVDs in the mail, perhaps your customer could set up a website (MobileMe is very simple) using iWeb. She would be able to publish her videos onto her website and all of her family members would be able to watch them. iPhoto could serve photo albums onto the website as well. I've seen it done, it's pretty slick and simple.

    Otherwise, if all of her family members have BD players, she could mail a bunch of BD-5/9's and/or DVDs. But depending on how many different households she'd be dealing with, it could get tedious.

    Personally, I'd prefer the website option as she could update it incrementally and everyone would be up to date.

    ft
     

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