I'm shooting some promotional material for a website and am using my Nikon D7000. I have it on a steadicam and while I'm happy with the footage for the most part, during pans and following a person walking around the test footage has a lot of flicker. I imagine this is much in part to the 30p frame rate. I don't want a film look but more of a television, marketing look.
Can I interlace the footage and will that help. I am converting the footage to pro-res through compressor. While I have the option to "de-interlace" the footage there doesn't appear to be an option to "interlace" it. Is this possible? Would this help smooth the motion and have the footage seem to "flicker" less when moving? Thanks.
Don't know exactly which settings you mean. In "Compressor" I chose Apple Pro Res 422 for progressive. Here is the compression summary:
"Apple ProRes 422 for Progressive material
Description: Apple ProRes 422 10-bit video with audio pass-through. Settings based off the source resolution and frame-rate.
File Extension: mov
Estimated file size: 772.62 MB
Audio: multi-track passthrough
Width: (100% of source)
Height: (100% of source)
Selected: 1280 x 720
Pixel aspect ratio: Square
Frame rate: (100% of source)
Frame Controls: Automatically selected: Off
Codec Type: Apple ProRes 422
Multi-pass: Off, frame reorder: Off
Chroma filtering enabled
Pixel depth: 24
Spatial quality: 50
Min. Spatial quality: 0
Temporal quality: 0
Min. temporal quality: 0"
The file started as a 135 MB .MOV quicktime movie from my digital SLR.
The flicker I am referring to is most visible while making a turn with the camera on the steadicam. I think the answer is to turn more slowly and try to incorporate stationary tripod shots whenever possible. I could also pull out the dolly and retain motion, but smoother and with more control. It's just a pain to lay out the tracks and bring additional gear. At 30p the jerkiness is not as bad as 24p. I just wish the Nikon D7000 offered 60p in 1280x720 mode. Any ideas?
Watching through final cut pro. I'm just viewing test footage right now. I was actually impressed with how much better 30p did compared to 24p. It was noticeable and I didn't think it would be. Anyway, I think I will be able to get by, I was just hoping their might be some post production help since my camera doesn't offer higher frame rates.