Trying to take Nikon h.264 files shot at 23.98 to a 29.97 project. Can't get a clean pull down conversion in Avid. Resorted to Adobe Encoder CC. The resulting files from Adobe were much smoother looking on an interlaced monitor than the conversion from within the avid. Any help with the right workflow for 23.98 to 29.97?
on Mar 18, 2014 at 2:34:03 pm Last Edited By John Pale on Mar 18, 2014 at 2:38:33 pm
Make sure the Field Order column is visible in the bin when AMA linking (that column is not on by default)
If it says "unknown" instead of Progressive, it will not add the pulldown correctly.
Select all in the column and right click to change to Progressive.
Transcode your clips and the correct pulldown will be added .
PS: just to be clear, I am advocating linking to the Nikon files via AMA, correcting the field order setting, then transcoding to Avid DNXHD files.
This is exactly what I've done. The resulting clips on a 29.97 timeline are still not crisp, and suffer from judder. Conversely, the same Nikon h264 files converted in Encoder and imported onto the same 29.97 timeline look clear and very little judder in the fast panning shots.