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Burning HD Content onto DVD's is down grading quality

I just started using the Sony HDR-SR12 and I have to say the HD picture is amazing. The problem is I can only enjoy the picture if I directly run the video from the camera to the TV through either a PS3 or a direct HDMI cable. When I burn the files on to a DVD for playback the picture is pretty bad. I even tried saving the files, used a Windows program to convert them to 1080i and burn them on the DVD as a file but the quality is still lacking. How can I get the great picture without loosing quality to DVD and not have to plug the camera into a PS3 and always run the movies from the hard drive?

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1080 to 480. 20 gallons in the 10 gallon hat.

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But you confused me when you write about putting files on the DVD media. Can you detail exactly what you are doing?

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Burning HD content.....

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I was told by a Sony Rep. that the only way to retain the HD quality is that you have to burn your Hard Drive High Def. recording to a Blue Ray DVD Burner (because it is also high def.). Of course, to see it in high def., you also have to have the HDTV.

I'm interested in learning more about this because I'm looking to buy a new camcorder very, very soon and since I don't have Blue Ray or an HDTV (yet), then I'm looking at a standard def., hard drive or DVD camera.

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