PC User December 2008 – Creating your own HD movies on DVD
Over the few years, I’ve written a quite a few stories in the pages of PC User about how to create your own DVD movies using freeware software including some tools I’ve written myself. But as of the December 2008 issue, we crank things up a notch by showing you how to create high-definition videos on DVD that play back in your Blu-ray player or your Sony PlayStation 3.
The format is called AVCHD and for the first time, we’re showing you how to create these “Blu-ray on DVD” movie discs for free.
Using the tools in the magazine, you’ll be able to fit two-hours of 1080p high-definition video onto a double-layer DVD-recordable disc that will play back in your AVCHD-supported Blu-ray player. You can fit around 60minutes of high-quality 1080p footage onto a single-layer DVD-recordable disc or two hours of 720p video.
AVCHD is a format developed by Sony and Panasonic originally aimed an enabling HD camcorders to create HD discs on cheaper 8cm DVD media. That format is now being introduced into the latest Blu-ray component players, including the new $399 Sony BDP-S350, allowing you to do the same thing with standard 12cm discs in addition to 8cm disc playback.
So if you’ve been thinking you’d have to invest in a $350 Blu-ray burner and $20-a-pop Blu-ray discs to record your own high-definition movies, think again. This process works with a $35 DVD burner and single- or double-layer DVD media that costs as little as $1.30 each.
The December 2008 issue goes on sale November 3 although subscribers are likely to start seeing copies at the end of this week.
- Why Blu-ray may succeed afterall
- Q&A – Which DVD players can play high-definition video?
- Q&A – Can you put high-definition video onto DVD?
- Four free little-known uses for DVD-R
- DVD-Audio – how to make your own discs – part 1
- Blu-ray – who needs it when you’ve got AVCHD?
- 10 free video converters for Windows
- REVIEW: Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray player
- Q&A – What size flash cards should I get for my video camera?
- Q&A – My Windows XP netbook won’t play DVD movies. How do I fix this?
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