Try a matching H.264 (non Blu-ray) preset.
Avoid losing frames by not deinterlacing on export. Use a good deinterlace filter that has the ability to only perform deinterlacing where there is motion in the scene
or allows you to mask only certain areas. Some plugs use adaptive techniques or blending and motion estimation to only effect needed areas.
Apply the filter in a 1080i workspace and export it as interlaced and it will appear deinterlaced but still retain the frames. Fieldskit is my favorite but redgiant and boris have similar plugs.
Jim, I tried your suggestion, but I can't find a 1080i preset under H.264. Also, it doesn't seem to allow interlaced footage above 1280x720. (it brings up an error saying to choose either a different frame size or framerate) Am I missing something?
Orytek, did you mean to say find a deinterlacer that does NOT deinterlace the parts with motion? (I thought the high-motion parts were what needed the interlacing the most, so that they can have that fluid motion, playing back at 60fps) I'm not familiar with the details of interlacing (I've always been a user of "progressive"), so the concept of videos that have interlacing in some places, but not in others, is new to me.
No. I said it correctly.
With interlaced video it is the motion that would show the most interlacing artifacts, so rather than deinterlace by dropping frames, a good filter
might use blending or other adaptive techniques to get rid of the jaggedness where there is motion. If a video has little or no motion, then less interlacing artifacts would be visible. Thats why I recommended a filter because your not doing a typical de-interlace by losing half your frames and converting it to progressive. So when you export it, you need it to be the same as you imported it, not as progressive.