With the release of ProShow 7, a handful of new video output formats have been added to the Video for Web, Devices and Computers window. You may notice a category called High Definition Disc Authoring. The goal of these video presets is to allow you to create Blu-ray or AVCHD files that can be imported into a 3rd-party disc authoring program without the need to re-encode the video.
Today I’d like to show you how to create an AVCHD video file that can be burned to a standard DVD disc and played in a Blu-ray player. This effectively cuts out the need to purchase a Blu-ray burner or blank BD-R discs. [Note: AVCHD discs cannot be played on regular DVD players – only Blu-ray players.]
UPDATE: Native AVCHD burning support was introduced in ProShow 8. The steps provided below are unnecessary if you have a version newer than 7.
Creating an AVCHD disc
- In ProShow, open a show that you want to burn to a disc.
- Go to Publish > Video for Web, Devices and Computers.
- On the category list on the side, navigate to Video File > High Definition Disc Authoring.
Next we’ll want to choose one of the presets. If you’re in North America, you’ll want to use one of the NTSC variants (PAL is used in Europe, South America, and other areas). I would recommend choosing 1080i60, as this provides the best balance of image resolution and motion smoothness.
- Lastly, click on the Profile drop-down and choose AVCHD High Quality. Click Create and choose where to save your video file.
- Once your video is done, you can use the free program tsMuxer to make a simple AVCHD disc structure. Download it here, then unzip the folder.
- Run the program tsMuxerGui.exe from the unzipped folder. Drag the file you created in step 4 into the “Input Files” section of the program” (or use the ‘add’ button to locate the file).
- Change the Output type to “AVCHD folder”, then choose a folder location. Click “Start Muxing”.
- Now that you have an AVCHD folder, it’s time to burn it to a DVD disc. We’ll be using the free program ImgBurn to do this. You can download it here.
- Open ImgBurn and choose the “Write files/folders to disc” option.
- Drag the contents of the folder created in Step 7 into the “Source” area of ImgBurn (or use the + icon to locate the folders). Note that we’re specifically adding the BDMV and CERTIFICATE folders.
- In the Options tab, we’re going to set the File System to UDF and the UDF Revision to 2.50.
- Make sure your blank DVD is inserted in your drive and click the “Build” icon at the bottom left.
And that’s pretty much the whole process. Once your disc is burned, it should be playable in almost any Blu-ray player.
- The same process above can be used to create a high-quality H.264 Blu-ray disc. In step 4, choose the Blu-ray High Quality profile. In step 7, choose the “Blu-ray folder” checkbox instead of “AVCHD folder”.
- If you’d like to use a dedicated menu authoring program like Adobe Encore, you may first need to “demux” (i.e. separate the video and audio) the video file that ProShow creates. To do this, open tsMuxerGUI.exe and choose the “Demux” option shown in the screenshot for step 7.
- Multiple shows can be combined onto a single AVCHD or Blu-ray disc with a simple menu using the free program multiAVCHD.