I don't know if this was discussed before on the forum or where I can post it but I'm having a weird argument with a TV station that broadcasts at 25fps claiming that my encoded mpeg 1 file that I delivered is 2 frames more than its supposed to be (total frames 127).
My edit on the timeline (Avid MC 3.5 on PC HPxw840 workstation) is exactly 125 frames, and the exported quicktime reference is also showing 125 frames.
* I checked it with MediaInfo and its showing:
- Video length: 125 frames
- Video duration: 5s 0ms
- Audio lenght: 5s 46ms
- Play duration: 5s 46ms
* I checked it with Quicktime player inspector it showed 127 frames.
I tried searching this topic on the internet to know what is right and what is wrong I couldn't find any valid answer.
My questions are:
- Is the encoding process affecting the frame count (I'm encoding with sorenson v4.5)?
- Is the inspector of quicktime player a reliable source of info when it comes to the files metadata, if not how to inspect it accurately?
- Can this problem be from Avid itself?
- How to explain this phenomenon to the TV station?
I'm guessing telling them to trim the last two frames is not an option? People at broadcasting act like robots sometimes.
One question though, since I don't know avid. When you say exaclty 125 frames... Does it start at 0 and goes to 124? Check that out, maybe you're getting one extra frame there, and perhaps another adds up somewhere down the line.
Yes Avid starts at frame 0 and so the count would be 124 frames, additionally Avid will trim the timeline exactly to the length of the sequence so no additional gaps at the end of the sequence and it shows the duration exactly 5 seconds.
No it's not an Option to tell the TV guys to trim those extra frames, sometimes they like to complicate things for no reason.
Yes I actually re-imported the QuickTime file into Avid and it gave correct reading (125 frames) I will also try it on smoke tomorrow, but the wrong count is in the mpeg encoded from this QuickTime which leads me to think that the problem is in the encoder software.