I have a project that's 23.976 - the footage, comps, effects and 3D renders are all at 23.976.
When rendering out, I will choose Field Render (Upper Field First) and 3:2 Pulldown (one of the patterns..) so that my final movie is 29.97 with pulldown added.
Is there a way to get After Effects to respect the hard edit / cut between shots so that a field from one shot doesn't straddle a field from the next shot? Yes, I can alter the 3:2 Pulldown pattern until it works for one edit, but it's very whack-a-mole; other edits that used to be whole frame -> to whole frame become blended and vice versa.
Maybe I'm being obsessive, but I personally think you shouldn't be able to see two shots at the same time, even if it is only for one field of time. It looks sloppy.
A colleague suggested rendering each shot out individually w/Pulldown and then bringing the 29.97 renders back in to After Effects and assembling my edit again, but I wanted to see if there was a faster / easier / that makes more sense way of doing this. Attached is a mockup showing what happens with my 24-to-30 render.
Don't sweat it. How often do you see motion pictures on TV? They all have 3:2 pulldown.
Unless you had planned all the cuts EXTREMELY precisely to occur on the whole frames of the pulldown cadence, you can't avoid it.
Planning the cuts at 23.976 to avoid split frames at 29.97.... now, THERE'S an editing nightmare!
"...How often do you see motion pictures on TV? They all have 3:2 pulldown."
IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII...........never thought of it that way and you're certainly right. At no point watching movies on TV do I do my best Brian Regan impression every time there's a cut - "Now! No, now! THEN!!"
I have just showed my hand and it is a royal flush of obsession.