Welcome to the forum.
Where does the Topfield PVR fit into your workflow?
This flickering sounds like Field Order Reversal.
Can you tell us the full specs. and details of the original footage, what part the Topfield PVR plays in the workflow, and what Project Preset you chose?
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This almost always indicates a mismatch between project settings and your source video.
Go to your project's Edit/Project Properties and most likely you'll see the Field Options set to lower field first.
Since you used an MPEG as your source file, it should have been set to upper field first.
The way around that is to start a new project and, when you select the Settings, make sure you select the settings for Hard Disk Camcorder/Standard Definition.
Thanks for the welcome, Bill. In reality I've been active on the Audition forum for some years. Although my profile incorrectly shows since 2009.
And you nailed it! Your Field Order Reversal comment led me via Google to Clip > Video Options > Field Options...
Problem solved, thanks muchly.
Glad that you got it sorted. From the description, it sounded like the "classic" Field Reversal. Other characteristics of Field Reversal is "jaggies" with much motion, or "tearing" of the Vdeo.
I also understand the Profiles. Over the last few years, I think that I have automatically become about 3 different people, and as I started with the Adobe forums, when they were only NNTP, before HTTP even came along. My Start Date of 2002 is probably only 8 years late! Just a guess, but I'd say that I probably had 20,000 posts from the old days, that went POOF overnight. Such is life.
Steve went on to give good suggestions for how to handle things. Thanks Steve.
Thanks Steve. Sorry I didn't see your post sooner. I think I was typing my previous post at the time you posted.
As I type this I'm following up your suggestions.
Many thanks to Bill and Steve for helping me out here.
Unfortunately I have another question, unrelated I think.
During my efforts to solve the flickering problem, I found that quite often the picture was not full size. The aspect ratio looks correct and it's centred on the screen, but the picture is only about 80% of its correct height and width, i.e. there is a black border surrounding the picture. This occurs after burning a DVD and playing it on a portable player AND a "normal" player connected to the TV.Sometimes I get a DVD that's OK, more often a reduced picture.
What am I doing wrong?
Once again, it's all about selecting the right project settings for your video when you first start your project.
Part 1 of my free 8 part Basic Training tutorials shows you how.
Thanks again to Steve & Bill.
So far so good. It seems I was simply not paying attention to the source and project parameters. Now that I'm aware of this the problem has not recurred.