I've been 'playing around' with some of the AVCHD movies that are around, and I've only been able to play the dvd5 versions.
Basic reason is I've been unable to find a viewer ('free' or otherwise) that will play ISO images. The DVD5 ISO's are somewhat easy to burn out to a DVD-RW, and suck back in, but I've been unable to find any drive image s/w (like is very available for 'standard' dvd's) that will 'mount' the AVCHD ISO and allow one to transform the ISO image back into it's 'components', so to speak.
So I'm between the rock and a hard place. Either I need to find a viewer/player that does AVCHD ISO's, or (even better), a virtual drive image device that works with those types of ISO's.
By the way, the 'standard' image mounting programs (including Daemon Tools and Nero) report "incorrect function" when trying to load those ISO images.
I would buy the latest NERO 8 for my new Vista machine (I'll probably need it anyway for other things), if I knew in advance it actually DID work (either the imagedrive or the NeroShowtime player). Unfortunately, it spppears both items are NOT included in the 'free' demo version, so one can't 'check it out' beforehand.
So, thanks in advance to anyone who can give me a thumbs up or down on an way to head.
Okay, after grinding through every potential/possible solution, finally found went back to Daemon Tools and VOILA! the latest DAEMON Tools Lite v4.12.3 works! Jeez, one of these days, things will get simpler... maybe need a new brain hemisphere or something.
Well, I thought it was running just fine, then...ZIP! I appears to run just fine, then no output. I'll have to do some more wacking around, to try and get it all to work consistantly, Bummer!