I then went to each video clip I edited and reversed field dominance (set to always deinterlace, then tried flicker removal)
You should not do that. Field reversal is what is causing the crappy, jerky look. By using always deinterlace you throw away half your vertical resolution.
MS DV AVI use by AME is type2. Just check the preset is correct.
Thanks for your reply.
Which one should I choose: lower field first, upper field first or progressive on AME? The default that comes up when I choose MS AVI and PAL DV is lower field first.
That is the correct setting, lower field first. DV is always LFF, unless you use a Matrox card. HDV is always UFF.
OK I have left the default settings as they are but still the same bad result...
I have even tested a small portion of the sequence by exporting it using AME. When I import in Encore and preview the video it is still jerky...
I'm gonna try burning it it onto a DVD-RW to see how it plays on TV - maybe Encore is giving me a false picture.
I also saw that after converting MPEG to AVI using AME, the video in PPro has green spots on it - not sure why. But I ignore those since when I export these spots seem to disappear. Maybe this indicates that there's something wrong with my original MPEG, but I doubt it cos they play well when I preview in Bridge.
The video on TV is OK - it's not jerky as it shows in Encore
Luckily I used PPro to edit, so all I have to do now is to remove all the field dominance that I applied from all the clips and use ADL to update in Encore.
Another lesson learnt: I used Power DVD to test my exported video from PPro and it played OK. So Encore was misleading me.
Cheers & again thanks for your help and advise.
Glad that you got it sorted.
The "Preview" in Encore is just that, an emulation. You method of Burning the DVD RW is the best method to check all aspects of an authored DVD. Besides some of the quality issues you noted, there are also some other "gottchas" in En Preview. One of the most notable is the "black flash," when using Button Transitions, or transitioning from a Play First to a Menu. The emulation is just not perfect. Also, depending on which navigational aids one uses, things can work differently, than with a remote on a set-top player and can trip one up when testing a navigational scheme.
I even find that testing on hardware is preferable to doing so on a software player, unless the delivery is exclusively to a computer and not to a set-top player.
The jerkiness in Encore can be any number of things, your PC, your video card, your disk setup, other processes running, etc.
If you really need to get to the bottom of this, I suggest your read the following link, follow the included links and possibly report back with the info from the second part on my trouble reporting guide.