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Derek MinerExport of merged clips with non-drop TC - forced to drop-frame automatically?
by on Jun 27, 2016 at 3:42:13 pm

We are creating a new workflow to make intermediate files from RED footage and separately recorded audio. The user I am working with wanted to use Premiere Pro (CC2015) and we settled on using the Merged Clip functionality of Premiere to sync the camera footage with the separate audio.

We thought everything was going well until someone pointed out the XDCAM files we exported had timecode that did not match the camera footage.

Walking backward through the process, we see that when we choose to export the Merged clip from the project bin, the Adobe Media Encoder dialog shows the timecode as drop frame. Normally, that would be fine, but the camera crew shot with NON-drop frame timecode.

We can export just the RED footage with non-drop TC using the Media Encoder Export dialog, but not the Merged clip for some reason.

When we open the merged clips in the viewer, inspect the information in the bin, or add the merged clips to a timeline, we can use the non-drop frame timecode.

We have tried to explicitly set the format of the Merged clip to non-drop using the Modify>Timecode menu option.
We have tried to set the "indeterminate timecode" option in the settings to non-drop as well.
Neither of these have worked.

We are stumped on this one. Does anyone have some insight on what might be happening here?
We would like to avoid having to add each of the merged clips to a timeline and change the timecode to match just to export an intermediate/proxy copy of the footage with the correct audio.

= Derek Miner =


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