is retiming an option?
in the 90's when I was doing commerical dvd authoring in Australia (PAL) our masters were often from NTSC telecine transfers.
We re-interpreted the video as 25 from 24 and then speed and pitch shifted the audio.
It's a pretty common method. For example the NTSC DVD release of "The Thomas Crown Affair" (Brosnon version) obviously used 25fps audio retimed down to 24fps for the titles and then a different audio file at 24fps for the feature because the loop music in the title matches the opening credit music and you can hear it drop pitch when you go from the menu to the feature.
If that isn't an option then you're pretty much going to have to put up with the stutter since you're dropping 1 in 25 frames on the floor.
If this is intended for PAL viewing, then just export out as 25i.
This is for a North American DVD/BD release.
There must be a known, standard method for converting 1080p/25 footage to 1080p/23.98. I've never had any issues dealing with PAL/NTSC conversions in the SD world so I incorrectly assumed this would be a no-brainer with an HD, progressive picture.
You most likely didn't notice do much in SD coz it is interlaced.
Export to 29.97i and see if it acceptable.
Something has to give somewhere. You either drop 1 in 25 on the floor for 24p or you frame double every 3rd ish frame to get 30 from 3
The final video needs to be 23.98 so I was unable to do any of the suggested framerate workarounds.
I was able to resolve my issue by interpreting the footage from 25fps to 23.98fps, then creating a new 23.98 timeline from that clip. I am pretty certain this film was originally shot at 24fps, then converted to PAL 25 so Premiere's footage interpreting correctly knew how to handle that with no stutter. I've done a 2-minute test output and all is well.
good to hear that you got over the hump.
don't forget to pitch shift the audio back otherwise it'll be playing back fast ie with higher pitch.
I've got restored stereo audio from an existing 23.98 source so the new picture transfer was my only concern. I've tested and the track conforms perfectly to the interpreted 23.98 video.
There must be a known, standard method for converting 1080p/25 footage to 1080p/23.98.
Slow it down by 4%, precisely the reverse of how Hollywood movies end up in Europe.