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  1. Hi

    I have a sony full hd AVCHD camera and i record movies in 1080p 50 frames/s.
    For editing i use pinnacle studio, but i don't know which is the best output format for my edited video, with a less as possible quality lost for final edited video.
    Should i chose for output a MTS stream with a custom settings with 2ch audio 256kbs dolby digital or PCM and which value should i chose for maximum peak bit rate, maybe 30MBit/s. And for image quality should i choose best quality instead balanced?
    I only would like to get out best quality as possible to be able to play on a TV or PC, will not make any blue rays or something.

    Here is info from a mediainfo for one original MTS file which was made with my camera.

    Thank you.

    Format : BDAV
    Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
    File size : 80.0 MiB
    Duration : 25 s 376 ms
    Overall bit rate mode : Variable
    Overall bit rate : 26.4 Mb/s
    Maximum Overall bit rate : 28.0 Mb/s

    Video
    ID : 4113 (0x1011)
    Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : High@L4.2
    Format settings, CABAC : Yes
    Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
    Format settings, GOP : M=1, N=12
    Codec ID : 27
    Duration : 25 s 440 ms
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 25.1 Mb/s
    Maximum bit rate : 26.0 Mb/s
    Width : 1 920 pixels
    Height : 1 080 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate : 50.000 FPS
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.242
    Stream size : 76.1 MiB (95%)

    Audio
    ID : 4352 (0x1100)
    Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
    Format : AC-3
    Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
    Mode extension : CM (complete main)
    Format settings, Endianness : Big
    Codec ID : 129
    Duration : 25 s 440 ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 256 kb/s
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 kHz
    Frame rate : 31.250 FPS (1536 spf)
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 795 KiB (1%)
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  2. Hi wellerus, welcome to the forum! The "best" output format of your video is likely the same format at the input video i.e. AVCHD. I don't use pinnacle studio, but hopefully it is capable of smart rendering which means it will only re-encode the portions that need re-encoding and leaving the other portions untouched. This will minimize the lossy process of re-encoding your video, which is the case no matter what final format you choose.
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  3. I doubt smart render was added recently to Pinnacle. In that case you just need to guess bitrate that is good enough where increasing that value would have a marginal improvement.

    It depends on source video how it was shot. Using AVCHD and latest consumer camcorders, perhaps 2pass VBR and 30Mbits/s is more than enough. That is just a guess. You might be happy using 20 Mbit/s as well saving 1/3 volume. It is really subjective, so you must try it yourself, take a representative sample and try it.
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