Two of the most popular video file formats are AVCHD™ and MP4. Sony® Cybershot®, Handycam®, Bloggie® and & (alpha) cameras use these formats to store recorded video. The information below describes the features and usage of each file type:
Features and Usage
- PMB is not supported on the Mac OS® operating system.
- Play back AVCHD media on Blu-ray Disc players, PlayStation®3 systems or PC with supplied software. AVCHD media should not be used in standard DVD players because it may fail to eject disc or erase its contents without warning.
(AVC or Visual)
Import movie files from the camera to a computer
||Using supplied PMB2||Yes||Yes3|
|Using iMovie® 8 or later||Yes4||Yes3|
|Copy directly to the computer||No||Yes|
Create DVD/Blu-ray discs
||Create with supplied PMB2||Yes5||No|
|Using third-party movie editing software||Yes5||Yes|
|Using a DVD writer||Yes6||No|
Upload movie files to websites
||Upload with supplied PMB2||Yes||Yes|
|Using supplied PMB Portable2||No||Yes|
|Using a web browser||Yes||Yes|
2. Some Bloggie® cameras are supplied with Bloggie software instead of PMB or PMB portable.
3. 3D compatible equipment is required to play back 3D movies.
4. If using the iMovie or Final Cut Pro® software, AVCHD movies can be imported only after upgrading the Mac OS operating system to version 10.6.7 or higher.
5. An AVCHD disc cannot be created with the same picture quality when a movie is recorded in [HD PS] (28Mbps) or [HD FX] (24Mbps) mode. Blu-ray Disc media cannot be created with the same picture quality when a movie is recorded in [HD PS] (28Mbps) mode. Using the PMB software, the bit-rate can be converted when creating a disc.
6. Blu-ray Disc media cannot be created.