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Panasonic HDC-TM700 Recording / Burning

by sldwaa / September 6, 2010 1:48 PM PDT

I recently purchased a Panasonic HDC-TM700 camcorder. When I purchased it, I was under the impression it would record to 1080/60P, however, I believe it will only copy to disc at HA1920. By this I mean if I simply play back from the camcorder to my TV, I can get 1080/60P (at 24 Mbps), however, if I want to burn to a disk, I will need to convert to AVCHD or BD (please note I am not an expert in this area so please forgive me for anything I state that is not clear). The camcorder also comes with software "HD Writer AE 2.1" which will burn to a disc. Lastly, when I look at the raw footage in my camcorder taken at 1080/60P mode or taken at HA1920, both are in *.mts format (MPEG Transport Stream). So, I have a few questions:
1.) I copied the raw files into my PC and used video editing software, and can covert to Blu-Ray or AVCHD (this is for both the 1080/60p and HA1920 - both yield the same burn config. options). I believe due to the stream rate, Blue-Ray will give me a better picture, correct? When in AVCHD, the best encording format I can choose is H.264 (1920x1080 - Mbps not specified) and in Blu-Ray it is H.264 (1920x1080 at 24Mbps).
2.) As I do not believe I can copy to disc in full 1080p as the camera suggests, I believe I am better off recording using HA1920 vs 1080/60p as the 1080/60p steam will have to be encoded down by the "HD Writer AE 2.1" software and I will lose integrity - is this correct or should I still record in 1080/60p mode? This one I am not sure of.
3.) Am I better off burning with my external software (either video studio pro or power director and select the highest quality options), or should I just use "HD Writer AE".

My basic qustion I guess is that I want the best image on a disc and am wondering what combination of recording setting (1080/60p or HA1920), software (HD writer AE or external software I list above) and recording technology (BD vs. AVCHD) I should use to get the best image.

Thank you in advance.

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