I shoot mostly symposiums, training seminars and the like, in SD, which after editing with Sony Vegas Pro 10, end up as standard DVD's for use by the presenters.
Recently, a client asked that I upload a number of their presentations to their Vimeo site. As the video was shot in SD (MPEG-2) for DVD use, I had to recompress the original video files to MP-4 for upload. This resulted in the format changing from 720x480 to 640x480 which my client said "looks fuzzy".
Vimeo will handle HD uploads as 1280x720/60p so I'm considering future shoots in HD, which I have not done before. My cameras (Sony HXR-NX70U) are able to record in a number of HD formats, wherein lies the mystery for me. The AVCHD choices include 1920x1080/ 60i or /24p or /30p and 1280x720/60p, together with a choice of 24Mbps or 17Mbps, as well as others. How to select?
I'm looking for information that will help me understand and decide what the various HD options do, with the understanding that I still will need to produce standard DVD's as well.