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I'm not sure why you're jumping a few frames, John. The timecode should go, of course, from 29 to 00 (since there are 29 frames in a second of video). Is it possible your source video is something other than DV-AVIs captured over FireWire from a miniDV camcorder? Some video formats (such as MPEGs) compress their video across frames, making frame accurate editing in Premiere Elements challenging.
As for offsetting your DVD menu thumbnail, there are only two ways that I know of:
1) Manually type in the timecode of the frame you want to use, or
2) Click on the timecode and drag your mouse left and right to advance or reverse a couple of frames.
You should be able to get very precise using a combination of these two methods.
Thanks for the reply.
No, my source video is all dv-avi over firewire from a minidv camcorder. If the transfer hiccupped and dropped two frames, could that be the cause? I figured PE would count the frames and do its own numbering, rather than rely on the data encoded in the dv-avi.
Your method #1 is what I meant by "doing the math", since the timecode of the dvd marker has to be subtracted from the timecode of the frame to get the offset. That is of course absolutely precise -- provided the timecode in PS isn't missing any frames! And dragging as in #2 can get tedious when the offset is minutes long. Not that I'm averse to some math, but I was just wondering if there was some way of putting in the current frame directly.
Not that I'm aware of, John.
As a final note, I deleted the DVD marker, transition, and even video clips, and the two frames were still missing in the counter. So I checked a couple of my other videos in PE, as well as dumping a bunch of clips into a new PE video, and all were still missing the 00;32;00;00 and 00;32;00;01 frames in the counter.
I guess it doesn't really affect anything, unless one is doing math based on the frame counter, which is how I noticed it with the DVD marker thumbnails.
The default timeline display settings selected are Drop frame hence you see this mathematical issue.
For the kind of precision you want, please do this:
Go to Edit>Project Settings>General and change the Display Format to 30fps Non-Drop-Frame timecode.
This should take care of the problem.
Let me know if you still have problem.
Yes, that solved it. I should have realized the actual 29.97 fps vs. approximate 30 fps does accumulate to a frame every 33.3 seconds or so...
Created one DVD from first tape of an athletic event, no problem creating Thumbnail Offsets for each of the buttons, with a Motion Menu Button. All showed up fine in Preview, as well as in the final product.
For second tape, and next DVD, used the same template, tried to create the same kind of buttons, but Tumbnails are not showing up on the DVD template. Any suggestions?
Sorry. You haven't really given us enough information to be able to help you, Raymond.
Sorry for the brevity. And, this moring I realized that I was trying to make a Main Menu Marker show a Motion Menu Button with a Thumbnail Offset. Tired I guess - anyway - thanks again Steve.