Unless you have a Blue Ray Player that reads AVCHD video files, you will not get HD quailty video on standard DVD disc to view on a Standard disc player. You will have to convert video to SD quality using sony vegas or cyberlink power director and yes you will use the HD quality. If you want to keep the HD quality you will have to use one of the above programs to tranfer tapes to hard drive. I also think MS Movie Maker down loads HD files. The HD file should have a .mts extention. HD file are big and will take up your hard drive space fast. Unless you have a fast computer, you will not be able to view video on computer without seriouse stuttering.
So I view your HD videos, you will need to get a External USB drive and a WD TV media player ($89 at best buy). The meadia player connects to your TV and can read the HD files on hard drive.
I have a Canon HV30, I keep video on tape for backups. I use the media player to view all my home video in HD quality.
I bought a Canon HV20 camcorder 2 years ago and have collected a bunch of HD video on the Sony HD mini DV tapes. I am an amateur and have recorded mainly family events, etc. with the camera. I'm looking for a better way to store and recall these videos other than simply rewinding and playing the tapes back on the camcorder.
In addition to this question, how does one go about transferring HD video from the mini DV tapes onto a DVD or computer, while maintaining the HD quality of the video? Essentially creating HD files. Is this even possible? What hardware and software would I need download/buy?
Any help or direction would be appreciated.