Many thanks for all of your ideas and suggestions.I don't know what happened during your trial but I do have some suggestions that might help you isolate the issue.
As you can tell from my reply above, I've actually made terrific progress. Turns out the problem seems to be with the title menu produced by multiAVCHD, which can actually be handled by PowerDVD9 Ultra on my computer even if it cannot be handled by both my real Oppo BDP-83 as well as by Roxio CinePlayer with BluRay Plugin on my computer.
And, playing it with PDVD9, it turns out that the actual disc output is GORGEOUS!!! It is truly the original M2TS HDTV... untampered with and untouched. Looks straight-through an exact copy and exact quality duplicate of the original HDTV clip. FANTASTIC!!!
Furthermore, the audio is genuinely the original AC3 DD5.1 audio as well!!! FANTASTIC!!!
So, with that accomplished it's now clear that multiAVCHD is the tool for me... if only I can figure out how to correct the title menu problem.
No need to go back to scratch. The problem is in the title menu, and I suspect we can figure out what I did wrong here that's causing the problem.1) As Anole suggested, I'd start with a single file and wouldn't progress to multiple files until after I'd worked out the settings and steps to process single files.
Well actually PDVD9 can play BluRay from a folder, but again PDVD9 can actually play directly from what I thought was a problem BD disc.2) If you have access to software (eg I use Total Media Theater) that will recognize and allow you to play a movie from a Blu-ray folder rather than a physical Blu-ray disk
Somehow PDVD9 can deal with the problem menu, whereas CinePlayer cannot and my real Oppo BDP-83 cannot. So I need to fix the title generation, and everything else is PERFECT.
Actually, I didn't invoke ImgBurn from multiAVCHD. I did run it as a separate second step.I'd eliminate the ImgBurn component of the process and just try to play the video from the folder structure produced by multiAVCHD.
The problem is specifically to do with the title menu. Everything else was perfect, and the 21 clips play perfectly and gorgeously... with original AC3 DD5.1 audio.Once I'm sure that the multiAVCHD folder structure plays correctly, then I'd try burning this structure to a Blu-ray disk using ImgBurn and check to see if it still plays correctly. This will allow you to isolate your problem to either multiAVCHD or ImgBurn and then you can concentrate your efforts on the appropriate issue.
Same here.3) When you produced your video using multiAVCHD, what output option did you select? I use either "AVCHD relaxed" (for files that will fit on a DVD+R/DL disk) or "For All Blu-ray Players" (for files that won't fit on a DVD+R/DL disk).
Video. I pointed to the very same destination folder (and sub-folder) that multiAVCHD wrote to, and ImgBurn looked inside and found the BDMV folder it was seeking.4) When you burned your disk using ImgBurn, did ImgBurn recognize that your input was a video or did it attempt to produce a data disk.
Yes. That's the default and I left it checked.5) When you burned your disk using ImgBurn, did you select the option to have ImgBurn verify the disk.
This is apparently what happens with my M2TS files, and they apparently get written "as-is", with no re-compression or conversion to H.264. I guess it must be the original pure MPEG-2 TS data and format that gets written to BD for these clips, which is EXACTLY WHAT I WANT! It produces EXACTLY THE SAME QUALITY HDTV WHEN PLAYED BACK (via PDVD9, on my computer, for the moment) AS PER THE ORIGINAL HDTV BROADCAST.6) With respect to your specific question, I have no H.264 parameters specified in multiAVCHD. One of the advantages of multiAVCHD is that, if you provide it Blu-ray compatible files, it will accept the files as they are and generate the appropriate menu and folder structure without requiring recoding of the underlying files, with a resultant loss in quality.
As you point out, since these M2TS clips are perfectly Blu-Ray compatible that explains both why the output is an exact duplicate, as well as why the rendering process took so little time. EXCELLENT!
My clips are all from true HDTV format sources: (a) recordings from WMC, in WTV form, (b) recordings from BeyondTV, in MPG/TS form, or (c) copies from DVHS tape offloads via firewire from my TWC/LA Moto family HD-DVR, copied from DVHS tape to PC using CapDVHS under WinXP.I capture my files in a Blu-ray compatible format (either mpeg or H.264 depending on source)
These are all essentially M2TS files, actually TS underneath it all.
Well, I need to go back and review what I did (or did not) specify to build my title menu, because that's obviously what I did wrong. I may ask for more of your guidance here, since that's specifically what's causing my playback problem.and then use multiAVCHD to generate the appropriate menu and disk structure.
As do I, to edit the TS files or equivalent versions in different wrappers.If necessary, I use VideoReDo to process/reencode the video files before inputting them into multiAVCHD.
Actually, the reason my edited clips are in M2TS form is because I've been saving the edited output from VideoRedo in MPG form, because VirtualDub cannot accept TS input and I also like to make video clips for my computer.
Since multiAVCHD can apparently accept either TS or M2TS and pass them through as-is, I will likely continue to edit using VideoRedo and put out MPG, in order to easily be able to feed both multiAVCHD and VirtualDub.
So, here's the really interesting fact about what PDVD9 revealed to me about the title menu that surely must be the cause of the problem. Maybe you can easily tell me what I did or did not do that caused the title menu to come out this way.
In fact, the 21 clips got categorized as "21 TITLES", each title containing just 1 chapter. I thought I was producing 1 TITLE with 21 chapters, but obviously did not achieve that result.
So when PDVD9 presents the TOP MENU I can use the arrow keys to navigate to either titles or chapters, but if I choose "chapter" I only see one thumbnail (namely the current clip, in the current title). If I instead choose "titles" I see 21 thumbnails, and can then use the mouse to click on any one of them.
===> I will go back and walk through the project definition process, to see what I mis-specified that caused me to end up with 21 titles of 1 chapter each, when I wanted 1 title with 21 chapters.
I suspect this is what is causing my Oppo the heart attack it had, along with confounding CinePlayer. I'm sure that if get this title menu issue straightened out that all three player mechanisms will work just fine.
There was one other oddity I saw with PDVD9 that I dn't know if it's tied to the odd title structure or not.
When PDVD9 started playing the disc (i.e. presented the main title menu) Win7 changed the desktop format from AERO to BASIC. This hasn't happened to me before. I've seen that happen when using the PDVD9 addin under WMC to play DVD/BD, but I've never seen this symptom when running PDVD9 "standalone external" which is exactly how I'm doing this right now.
And yet, something about the multiAVCHD-produced BD cause standalone external PDVD9 to cause Win7 to revert to BASIC desktop color scheme. Once I get the title problem solved I'll see if this AERO->BASIC symptom still persists.