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Burning Dive Videos to Blu-Ray on Regular DVDs

04 January 2009 - 03:47 PM

My wife got me a Panasonic BD-35 Blu-Ray Player for Christmas. Now begins the process of burning my Sony HDR-HC7 HD video to dvd to play on the Blu-Ray player. Sony Vegas Pro will let you do this, but I don't have it. I was looking for other commercial software to do this, but I researched this on the web and this is what I found and did. I figured some of you would appreciated the instructions as why re-invent the wheel.

Okay, here is the formula for burning a AVCHD red laser disc that my Panasonic BD-35 Blu-Ray player reads, displays, and shows. This was done with all freeware programs, except, the first step, but you could do it with freeware.

Step One

You need a separate AC3 (or AAC) audio file and a MKV video file. The first thing I did was use Sony Vegas to render my 14 minute video to Dolby Digital 5.1 AC3. This took just over a minute to render. An early test was rendering to stereo and this worked, too.

Also, an early test was converting the audio to AAC using super c, which worked, too, and is freeware. http://www.erightsoft.net/SUPER.html

Okay, you have the audio done, simple. Now, for the video.

Step Two

You need the video in MKV format. If you can render to that somehow, do so, Sony Vegas won't do that. So, I used Handbrake (just google it). I took the raw capture m2t file and

1. Opened (source) it in Handbrake
2. Set the destination output file to a name, directory, and mkv
3. Video tab - click decomb
4. Video tab - Deinterlace - slower
5. Video tab - Bit Rate 5000
6. Uncheck Advanced Encoding Setting
7. Audio tab - set to none, you already have your separate audio file, why take the time and the space? TSmuxer (below) won't read it from here, anyway.
8. Click start

My 14 minute video took four and a half hours to render. Now, I am all for a positive attitude and optimism, but I would not do a long render for a first time and hope to get lucky. I probably did about 10 trials with a minute clip until I got the process down.

Also, if someone wants to tweak these setting, please do. I just used the ones that i set for a Vimeo HD files.

Step Three

You have the mkv video file and the AC3 audio file. Now, go to this video at youtube, follow these directions, and finish this up:

Burning Blu-Ray (.MKV) to DVD

You will need TSmuxer and Image Burn, both free downloads. Tsmuxer took the mkv and AC3 files and rendered the BDMV and Certificate directories in 24 seconds. Image burn took about 3 minutes to red laser burn the directories to my regular DVD.

Step Four

Put dive video DVD in your blu-ray player and enjoy

First HC7 Dive Report

17 July 2008 - 05:08 AM

For those of you thinking about going high definition, you may find this post useful. This is the first Hi Def dive report that I posted. As some of you may know, I got a Sony HDR-HC7 for a real nice Christmas present from my wife. I have been just waiting to use it to make underwater video and my trip last week to Grand Cayman gave me the perfect opportunity. It is at:

I can see that the PQ is much superior to my formerly SD dive videos. There are several clips that I think are close to stunning. Which brings up a point that even though the PQ is better, there is still a HD learning curve going on. In looking at the raw video and editing it, I see where I could have done some things better to maximize the high resolution. Anyway, the video is what it is.

I think it looks pretty good in Vimeo HD, though there is some amount of compression. I plan on getting a blu-ray player for this Christmas and believe the true HD quality will come through when I am burning blu-ray discs and watching them on my big screen HD TV.

Eumig Nautica

22 May 2008 - 10:56 AM

Anyone have any experience with this 8mm film underwater camera? I was wondering what the video quality was like.

Underwater Videographer Podcast - Ikelite

22 March 2008 - 09:19 AM

I interviewed Glenn Goodrich, Video Supervisor and Manufacturing Engineer for Ikelite Underwater Systems. Glenn shares the development, prototyping, and building of the Ikelite Underwater Video Housings. This is the second in our underwater housings series to help our listeners make educated underwater video buying decisions.


As some of you may recall, the first in our housing series was with Backscatter and we discussed the Top Dawg and Gates. Here is the link for that:


The next in the series will be the Equinox Housings and I am working on one for the Sea Tool. I just thought there were so many questions on the boards about which housings to buy, it might be helpful to get more in depth housing information on the various ones out there. So you may want to listen to the interviews before you buy.

Feel free to leave me any comments or email feedback.

Underwater Videographer Podcast - Becky Kagan

20 February 2008 - 06:00 AM

Becky Kagan and The Quest for Sunken Warships


I talked to Becky last week and she gave me the backstory on her Military Channel series. Also, she shared some of her underwater video methods and techniques for us to learn from her.

We hope you enjoy listening.