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I use avc-1 as my format of choice. For Blu-Ray, I will shortly be using the native m2ts, and the 1920 x 1080 format, which has just provided me with the excuse for parting-out on new computer. My work is edited and rendered at 1280 x 720p, using the x264 codec, and 15mB/sec. That is flexible, and if future experience calls for that to be updated, then so be it. Actually, in my case, the problem is not so much ensuring the best performance from my footage and gear, it is getting rid of the last of the artifacts, a hangover from a certain amount of 720 x 576 footage (in 16:9 widescreen), which has been upscaled to 1280 x 720. So, basically, ‘AVC-1, via x264’ it is, and will continue to be, until I have cause to think otherwise. I might add, that initially the edited footage is destined for showing from one of the hard-drives of our DVD-player, and I have not thought beyond that, for the present. A new computer, paid for just an hour ago, and due to be picked up this afternoon, might make it possible to work in the 1920 x 1080 ‘native’ format, which will save a lot of transcoding and generally unproductive messing around.
Dunedin, New Zealand.