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Old April 27th, 2011, 10:31 AM   #1
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Editing footage with 4 different frame rates ?

Sorry if this has already been asked and answered.

I have footage with 4 different frame rates from 4 different cameras, that I would like to use for 1 video. Frame rates are 60p, 24p, 30p and 60i.

I suspect the best way to handle this is to convert all the raw footage to 1 common frame rate and then edit the converted files. End result video will show on an HDTV and internet. Should I convert to 24p or 30p ?
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Old April 27th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #2
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Re: Editing footage with 4 different frame rates ?

I'd bring it into a 24p timeline and render out to 24p. No need to convert the files all to 24p. Just pull the files onto the timeline and make sure their properties are correctly set to the framerates that they were shot at. when you go to render Vegas will automatically make the adjustment to produce a 24p render.

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Old April 27th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #3
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Re: Editing footage with 4 different frame rates ?

Hello Garrett. When you say a 24p timeline do you mean set project properties to 24p ?
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Old April 27th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #4
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Re: Editing footage with 4 different frame rates ?

Yes. Set the properties of the project to 24p. I usually set it to the final delivery frame rate and size but it I don't believe it makes a real difference. The main things that Vegas looks at when rendering are the rendering settings compared to the setting of each file. so if you set the file properties correctly it will automatically adjust the frame rates to the rendered frame rates.

Setting the correct size and aspect ratio of the project is important as well as having the correct file properties for these properties as Vegas will scale and compare these pre-rendering and then rescale as required by rendering settings. I don't know if that made sense but if you play with them you'll notice the difference.

I suggested using 24p because in my experience with mixed frame rates this seems to yield the best looking video. You could use 30p or 60i and it will work but I don't think the end product is as good.

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Old May 30th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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Re: Editing footage with 4 different frame rates ?

Depends on how much 30p there is. If there's a lot, then you're going to see a lot of stuttering and ghosting in a 24p render.

Cutting it all at 60hz (60i or 60p) will keep the inherent looks of each, if that's what you want.

How would you prefer it all look?
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