Need some more information: what type of camera is it, what format does it use, your project and export settings.
Use sequence settings that reflect what you shot in terms of resolution and framerate.
On exporting do not change field preference or interlaced to progressive. Use Dan Isaacs method for that.
SD is lower field first, HDV is upper field first.
If you can't figure out what you did wrong, tell us in a detailed way what was ingested, what sequence settings you use and precisely what you did on export, with all the settings.
See? I told you I was a newbie! But thanks a lot for helping out! Here's soem information you asked about:
The camera is a SC-X210L, and all the videos it records are in AVI format in 720 x 480
My progect format was regular DV NTSC Standard 48kHz
I have no idea what my frame rate is, is there a way to find that out?
And I've tried many, MANY different export settings, soooo... If someone could direct me to which one I should be using, or what setting I have to change to get rid of this skipping, it would be great. I would really like to convert it right to a Youtube video
Thanks for any help in advance!
First check the camera's manual for its recording format. Then adjust your sequence settings to reflect that. Next, after capture, use GSpot to check the codec used. Adjust your sequence settings accordingly. Then decide on what format you want to deliver by what media. If you tell us all the relevant info, we may be able to suggest a way to export accordingly.
Well, the trouble here is that your avi's are mpeg4. Premiere is not very fond of mpeg4.
Run your footage through Gspot that will tell you the framerate and setup a matching sequence.
You say you are able to edit so you might get lucky in exporting the footage better when you get the framerate right.
It's almost entirely perfect now! Thanks a lot! Still, there's a tiny bit of skipping here and there, but that could also be because of the poor quality camera we used. When I tried to convert it in the Youtube format, setting the sound and video framerate properly, it worked in small chucks, but when I coverted the whole 4 min video it was choppy again. I changed it to WMV format, 29.97 fps, 44.1 sound, and I changed it so that it used the Windows Media 9 codec, 2 video encoding passes, only 1 audio, cause I don't really care about the audio, and it came out great!
To tell you the truth, I'm not sure which of these changes actually made the difference, anyone know?
Thanks a lot everyone, I didn't know I had to match recorded video to encoder settings, duh!!!
You may want to check out VideoSpin. It's a free program, but MP4 support will cost you about $15.
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