I love my Canon 5D MkII. The video that comes out of it has a fantastic quality. It also has an HDMI output that allows me to play 1080p footage on any modern HDTV. I shoot a lot of short 'shots' that I later edit in Sony Vegas and produce a final render that I then bring with me to show, usually on a stick.
The problem is that you don't know what you'll get when you reach your playback device. Some understand some formats but have issues with performance, and so on. What I want to do is render to a specific output file (I'm assuming Quicktime MOV) and store it on a CF card, then bring my camera along with the proper cables to present the show.
The question is really, is this feasible? Since the camera produces MOV files containing H.264 and PCM sound, if I were to produce such a file would it play? Would I be able to achieve better compressed but lower bitrates?