i need to convert a 23,976 HD feature to 25 SD PAL. I am having problems with the frame rate.(I guess I am not the first...)
First i used frame blending to keep the original length. This looks pretty ok but there are a lot of softer frames in there.
Then i used motion estimation in compressor, which rendered very long, looked very good for predictable shots, but is horrible with faster moving scenes.
Then I read on this forum to just change the frame rate interpretation, this would make the movie shorter, but I would not have the blended frames, i would have to pitch the audio though. Can you use this method for feature film?
Which of these methods are used in the professional film world? Or is there another method?
If you are doing a film out, then it makes no sense to do a PAL master. (It did before HD was widespread.) Your HD 23.976P master can be played at 24P by pulling-up 0.1% during the ingest at the film recording facility. An HDCAM or HDCAM-SR VTR will even take care of correcting the audio during playback.
I would avoid doing any conversion through software or hardware means, as the slightest conversion artifacts or motion judder will be very visible on the big screen. You already have the right format to go to film.
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