It likely depends on your source video, a.
What type of camcorder did this video come from and how did you get it into your computer?
The holiday video was taken on a JVC camcorder, encoded as DVD (i.e., *.VOB)
and then I tried to convert part of it to MP4. The conversion only appears
to fall over on the ipod/iphone PE7 conversion (PAL or NTSC).
That's probably not the best way to get video into a Premiere Elements project, a -- and it likely accounts for the flickering you're seeing. Video from DVDs can use a reversed interlacing that, if not corrected, can create this very problem.
Can you please tell us more about the camcorder you shot this with? Is it miniDV? A DVD camcorder? VHS?
Maybe we can recommend a better way to capture your video and a simple way to fix this problem.
I would suggest that the issue is with PE7 and iPod/iPhone share mode rather
than the way I carried out the conversion which appears to work fine with
PE7 and Quicktime share mode.
Could the "flicker" be a Field Reversal issue? The material came from an unknown JVC, but then was converted to MPEG-2 DV for the creation of the VOB. Then, the iPod MP-4 CODEC was used (obviously the Apple H.264 Progressive) to get the resized file for viewing on the iPod. That could be a lot of Field Dominance changes involved in that workflow.
My feelings exactly, Hunt.That's right where I was headed.
Now, if only we could get Alan to believe us...
logically you would expect the same issue to arise if the source format was
the problem!, but alas, PE7 successfully converts the same DVD source to
Apple's other codec Quicktime MOV. This suggests the H.264 codec is the
The only time I have come across field reversal was in the movie CONTACT.
You might be right. But if that's your conclusion, I'm not sure we can be of much help.
But 99% of the time, when there's a flickering problem with video from a DVD source, reversing the field dominance has resolved it.
Can you post your video some place that we can look at it? I'm sure, once we see it, we'll recognize the symptoms.
On the other hand, if you don't even want to consider it, I guess we're kind of at an impasse. Sorry.
Many of users on the PrPro CS4 forum have had better luck with the MainConcept H.264 CODEC, than with the Apple version. Now, these folk are Importing different Assets, than you are, and there are no conversion steps involved.
I've used the Apple H.264 for Export of DV-AVI Type II Assets, with no quality issues. Now, I am normally going to a Web site, and to my iPod. One very slight difference is that I use PrPro, so I have a bit more control over my Exports, but not that much. In my case, with DV-AVI Assets, I have not felt the need to try the MainConcept version of H.264. Should I encounter problems, that would be my first step.
Guys thanks for your endeavours. Decided to give up with PE7 and use another software application to get the job done.
Sorry you saw no value in our advice. But oh well.
Quicktime Pro would be the best, cheapest option.
A MacIntosh computer running Final Cut would be the best.
Whatever tool that is required to get the job done, is my moto.
While most of my "toolbox" is filled with Adobe products, I also own many, many more. Each has a purpose and a use.
With stills, I may go between Photoshop and Corel Painter many times. With Audio, I may go between Audition and Magix Music Maker, or Studio.
It's whatever works best, for what I need.
Please note that MainConcept version of H.264 codec in PE7 didn't help.
Changing Field options also had no effect.
All other conversions i.e., QT, PocketPC, smartphone worked ok, only the MP4
caused flicker problems.
And working with Quicktime Pro instead of Premiere Elements didn't work either?
For a simple conversion of one Quicktime format to another, it's far and away the most efficient solution.