Well, I think I figured out the problem. The project setting is set to 24p. I don't know how
I did that because I have never ever set a project to be at 24p. So I guess the question
now is, can I somehow cut and paste the sequences out of this project and into a new
project that is not set at 24p? Could Premier have set the project from NTSC 29.97 to
24p somehow on its own?
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It is likely that you have a setting wrong in Export>Movie>DV AVI. Here is a look at how your settings for General and also Video tabs should look. Note: they will not both display at the same time on your screen. This was done as a composite:
Hope that this helps. Compare your settings to mine.
Thanks. But I think I figured it out. The problem was in the project settings. Don't know how I managed to select a 24p project at the start, and I'm even wondering if Premier changed it somehow. I must be losing it. So I created a new project with the right settings and imported the old one. Tried a test avi export and its fine. The only mystery I still have is this: When I exported the project the first time (as a test) I did so using Premier's Export to DVD. The video was fine on that DVD, except the disc skipped a lot --- acted like a bad write or disk incompatibility. But the video was NOT 24p. Only when I exported to avi, imported the avi to Encore, and the built a DVD in Encore was it immediately apparent that the video was 24p. But anyhow, importing the original project into a new one set correctly seems to have fixed the issue. I hope so, or else its a week's worth of work down the drain!
When I exported the project the first time (as a test) I did so using Premier's Export to DVD. The video was fine on that DVD, except the disc skipped a lot --- acted like a bad write or disk incompatibility.
This is often caused by bad blank media. Brands like Verbatim, or Taiyo Yuden are excellent. Brands like Memorex, TDK, newer Ritek and most "store brands" will give issues like you describe. Also, too high a burn speed can cause similar.
What brand of blank media did you test on?
BTW - I use DVD RW's to test with, so that I do not end up burning "coasters." Now, I never, never deliver on DVD RW's, and only use them for testing purposes.