RX100: AVCHD versus MPEG4 video?

Started Nov 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
Jamon47
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Word of wisdom: go with the best you have available
In reply to peterharvey, Nov 5, 2012

peterharvey wrote:

I have an RX100. What is the difference between recording video using AVCHD versus MPEG4? Is it a case that one format is better than the other? In which case, which format is superior? Or does each format have its own pros and cons???

As someone else wisely put it... Word of Wisdom: always shoot in the best quality mode available to you. You rarely know at the time which shots you're taking are the ones which become precious memories”.

Who knows which medias and distribution channels will be a-la-mode in 10 or 20 years, but if you shot the original video in the best quality mode that was available to you then, chances are that you will get the best converted files possible for them.

IMO the best recording format available on the RX100 is AVCHD 1080p60.

But that's not all. One must also use an editing workflow that preserves the original in-camera Image Quality. That essentially means using the “smart” rendering option available with most modern video editing softwares. This ensures that all unedited in-camera frames are copied to the Prod Master file without any conversion or recalculation, resulting in a Prod Master Video made mostly of the original in-camera frames.

In summary, always shoot in the best quality mode available to you... why settle for less!

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