Back in March, Motionbox announced support for high-definition video for its premium users. Just the other day, Motionbox announced that they now offer video tools that will support the direct upload and editing of native high-definition AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) formatted video. As far as I know, this the first online video sharing site to support upload of AVCHD formatted video files. After you upload these files, which are typically quite large, they directly transcode the files on their server and then allow you to edit the video using the Motionbox web-based editing tools.
"…we now happily accept your AVCHD videos and convert them for playback on the internets… You can upload your AVCHD video straight to Motionbox and share it instantly in HD, or embed it on your blog"- Mike from the Motionbox Blog
As you may know, AVCHD is a newer format for HD video that most new HD camcorders on the market use today, including Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and others. Both the Canon HF10 and the Panasonic HDC-SD7 that I own utilize this format for HD video. There have been some problems for consumers with the roll out of the AVCHD format as not all video editing programs support editing and playback of AVCHD videos and those that do, often only support a particular version (Sony's Vegas 8 for example will only playback AVCHD video from Sony Camcorders). Previously, we have offered some information on software programs that support the editing and playback of AVCHD formats. What is nice about this announcement is for those that use Motionbox, there is no need to purchase these video editing programs.
Here is an example of AVCHD video uploaded to Motionbox:
Motionbox has a new uploader tool called, "Motionbox Express Uploader (MxU)" that's based on Adove AIR and will allow you to upload very large video files like AVCHD files. In fact, for premium users, there is no limit to the size or duration of the video that you upload. They do inform users that files larger than 2 GB are often difficult to complete due to browser restrictions, but there is no actual limit to the file size. In addition, it has a feature that allows you to resume large uploads in the event that they your connection fails so that you don't have to go through the process all over again.
Basic membership with Motionbox provides users with a 30-day trial period that will allow users to evaluate these new HD tools and services. Premium users are given the additioinal ability to download videos, embed them on their websites, and watch videos up to 1080p resolution.