Is there a way to turn off frame blending in Adobe Media Encoder? I have a bunch of
Flip Mino HD footage (1280x720p) which I wish to convert to P2 720p format so that
I can more easily mix and match it in the Premiere timeline with actual P2 footage
shot on an HVX200.
I successfully used Media Encoder to perform this task but there is one problem. The
Flip footage is 30fps and P2 720p is 29.97fps. So Media Encoder uses frame blending.
The frame blending sometimes creates obnoxious artifacts so I would like to turn it
off but there seems to be no way to do this (or alternatively "conform" the 30fps input
to 29.97fps so that no blending is nescessary).
After Effects CS4 would seem like an alternative since it has nice batch composition
creation and rendering features but it cannot render to the P2 format - it appears to
have a older version of Media Encoder embedded within it - predating P2 support.
I would like a solution that is easily "batchable" as I have several hunderd Flip Mino HD
clips that need to be processed.
You might also ask, why not just import the Flip clips unchanged into Premiere CS4
and mix them with the P2 clips?....I have tried this and it seems to drive Premiere crazy
introducing various crashes and other strange behaviors. The pre conversion to P2
route seems to work fine. I just want to get rid of the frame blending.
I happened upon this video just before I made my posting and it doesn't help with the
crashes/hangs. When I import more than about 20 Flip Mino HD clips it seems to trigger
some sort of memory corruption bug in Premiere. Some of the clips start to just
show as solid green in their thumbnail views in the timeline and scrubbing the timeline
eventually hangs Premiere altogether. This is reproducible on two different computers
although the exact symptoms change slightly each time it is tried. Importing only 3 or 4
clips actually seems to work, at least for a short while.
The problems happen even if the only thing imported into the project are Mino footage and
the Sequence is set to Desktop or XDCAM mode. So the crashes have nothing to do
with P2 editing mode.
The same installation of Premiere CS4 on one of these computers has been just used to
successfully edit and render out a P2 project with hundreds of clips, stills and titles so the
basic CS4 installation seems to be solid.
I'll eventually file a bug report but for now I'm more interested in getting the job done.