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Did you apply Reverse Field Dominance to the clips on the timeline? Right click a clip, Field Options, Reverse Field Dominance.
Hello Paul LS,
You were exactly correct in how to fix this problem. Having followed your advice on reversing the field dominance, a new copy is just as "smooth" as the original.
Thank you very much!
Glad to hear you got it fixed.
I hope you can answer a follow-up question. As I said earlier, your response was just what was needed to fix that problem.
I have continued to work on video projects, and I have encountered a new problem. The symptoms are identical to what I described on December 6. However, in this case, I cannot make the "jumpiness" go away either with, or without, reversing field dominance. I have burned DVDs with each option, and they are both "jumpy."
Is there another cause of the jumpiness? Are there types of video files that cannot be fixed with reversing field dominance? Suppose someone burned a DVD without knowing about reversing field dominance, and the jumpiness were burned into the clip. Then if I wanted to copy that clip, is it possible for me to make the correction in my editing, or is that possibility no longer available once the first person failed to make the correction? Do you have any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
It depends a lot on the source of the video files.
Some codecs (such as those used for video from still camera or from cheaper camcorders like the Flip model) simply won't work when used in their native state in Premiere Elements and need to be converted to a more editable format first.
You could try the "Always Deinterlace" option in the Field Order options. This should eliminate any interlacing issue... but on an interlaced TV you will lose some quality/resolution.
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it, and overall I like it much better than before. It turns out that the original clip had somewhat poor resolution to start with, so the relative impact of the deinterlacing isnt that big of a problem.
How can I convert the codec of an existing clip? Do I have to know what the initial codec is? Is there some kind of conversion tool that can start with almost any initial codec and convert it into a desired specific output format, such as avi? In other words, can I tell the tool, "I don't know what the initial codec is, but I want the final codec to be avi -- find a way to do it."
There are a number of great converters out there.
If your file will play in Windows Media Player, you can convert it to a DV-AVI with Windows MovieMaker.
Otherwise, Super will convert most files to DV-AVIs.