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  • Mon, Jul 17 2017 2:24 PM

    • ianhooper
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    Import PAL to NTSC

    Here’s my situation…
    I am producing a documentary for CNN. I am editing on Avid Symphony 8. The project setting is 1080i/59.94.
    
    
    The shoot was done with two cameras. Camera 1 was set to the correct settings. However by mistake the second camera – an OSMO – was set to PAL 25fps progressive.
    
    
    What is the best way to convert or import the PAL footage into the NTSC project to achieve best quality? I have tried transcoding directly into the project and also importing directly. I also tried setting up a separate PAL project then opening that bin in the NTSC project. In all cases the quality is not good with a lot of strobing and jaggy edges. 
    
    
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Ian
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  • Mon, Jul 17 2017 3:25 PM In reply to

    Re: Import PAL to NTSC

    Well you are going to notice the difference between the 2 cameras. 625/50i to 525/59.94i just look great.

    There is a workflow if money is no object but I suspect thats not the case.

    So I'd AMA link all the footage (not import as an import will convert)

    The "wrong" frame rate footage will gain a motion adapter that adjusts the frame rate.

    Now edit as you would. When you have your final timeline reconform (if you did an offline online workflow)

    Then adjust the motion adapters on a clip by clip basis for what works best. even consider the fluid motion option if need be.

    Then output.

     

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  • Mon, Jul 17 2017 3:40 PM In reply to

    • ianhooper
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    Re: Import PAL to NTSC

    Thanks Pat. The issue is a drop in quality, not the frame rate. I am not familiar with the fluid motion option. What is that?

    For interest sake what is the money-is-no-object option?

    Many thanks

  • Mon, Jul 17 2017 3:48 PM In reply to

    • ianhooper
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    Re: Import PAL to NTSC

    I think the quality issue may be more related to the fact that the OSMO footage is progressive (PAL), while the edit project is interlaced (NTSC). 

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