To get best quality video from my Mac ,should I record in AVCHD, MP4, or use a removable memory card ?
AVCHD will allow you to record in 1080p, but MP4 will allow you to put more video on the card (at a lower (but close) quality level, however at 720p). I have a 64GB card and I can record about 6...
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AVCHD will allow you to record in 1080p, but MP4 will allow you to put more video on the card (at a lower (but close) quality level, however at 720p). I have a 64GB card and I can record about 6 hours in AVCHD MXP mode (highest bitrate = highest quality within MP4 or AVCHD). Whether you can tell the difference between MXP and FXP is up to you. If you are burning to blu-ray, playing on the computer, or playing from the computer to a 1080p TV, I would say AVCHD MXP mode if you have the capacity. If you are burning to DVD (not blu-ray) or displaying on an old tv or 720p set, either AVCHD MXP/FXP or MP4 9Mbps will likely be so close you won't notice.
There is no internal memory, so you have to use a separate memory card (SDXC, SDHC, SD). The HC and XC are "High Capacity" and "eXtreme Capacity" and allow for a greater number of GB. The chart in the product description is accurate on the recording time at different quality levels and memory card capacities.
Also, the best way to get the videos/images after recording is to use the memory card slot on your mac to transfer since the basic Mac software is better than the package that is included with the video camera.
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