I am a newbie and new to this site, so please forgive my ignorance. I just scanned with a Wolverine MovieMaker Pro some old super 8mm films. They were taken at 18fps. I would like to telecine to 30fps for burning a DVD. I understand that Mencoder can do that job but I need some help in setting up the command line.
Many thanks in advance.
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I went through that manual page and at the bottom it gives some examples but not for what I want to do. I would like to get a recipe, likely from someone who has done this kind of work.
You can't telecine directly to 29.97fps from 18fps. You can only telecine to a max 150% of the original framerate (27fps in your case). You have to bring the framerate up to a minimum of 19.98fps before applying a telecine. That can be done in a number of ways. Retail DVDs usually create duplicate frames. You can speed it up to 19.98fps. You can interpolate up to 19.98fps.
I would like to get a recipe, likely from someone who has done this kind of work.
So can I telecine first to 19.98fps and then to 29.97fps?
mencoder and don't believe you can do the telecining in it as it's not the standard 3:2 pulldown. It's 3:3 pulldown. You'd need DGPulldown to do that, available only for Windows and Mac machines (I believe, but don't hold me to that). If you're in Linux, you don't have access to all the video tools available for PC users on Windows.
Avisynth tab you'll see "hard frame rate conversion"
set to your choice as described above. On the video tab choose NTSC as the video standard - it's all
pretty much self explanatory. Save current preferences as default and OK out.
Drag your source into the window. Hit the little down arrow to the right of the Output button
and you can choose your output type. Do not choose muxed mpeg file unless your source has audio.
Hit start. The output and the project log will be in the "DVD Output" folder as per the preferences
You gave me an excellent guide. I see a DVD structure done but I'm puzzled because the VTS_01_1.VOB has about the same size as the mp4 file at 18fps, shouldn't be bigger based on having interpolated frames?
So, did it do what you wanted?