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  • New Apple Compressor 3:2 Pulldown

    Posted by Andrew Hooper on December 6, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    Hello everyone,


    I finally decided to eat some humble pie after a year of testing and searching for answers on an issue I am having. I’ll preface this by saying all of the information on the internet about Apple Compressor 3:2 Pulldown is detailed around an older version of compressor that looks completely different than the modern version. So if anyone here has any good links/information on 3:2 pulldown settings for the modern compressor that is welcome!


    Now, let me explain my process and the issue that I am having. All of my video projects are edited using Final Cut Pro X in a 23.98 timeline. They are usually exported at 1440 x 1080 (4:3) using H.264. I then will run those .mov files through Apple compressor and so far I am trying to align the compressor settings with information I have found but I haven’ found a good guide yet. I have attached my compressor settings.


    Now here is where things get weird, playing this file back frame by frame I see what looks to me like a perfect interlaced video file with the proper cadence. But once I play this back on my particular setup things get really strange looking. I have a PS3 setup as a media device hooked up to a small flat panel sd LCD TV (but I have also attempted this with the ps3 plugged into a 60hz CRT television with the same outcome). Once played back on this setup the interlacing lines are extreme and almost popping in and out. You can see on every straight edge almost a sawtooth pattern. I’m totally lost as to why this might be occurring and would love any feedback you can provide! I’ll attach a screenshot of the video from the LCD tv and the same from being played back on my computer.


    Jiya JiyaHana replied 4 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Andrew Hooper

    December 6, 2023 at 11:39 pm

    I should also mention the PS3 is connected with composite cable and is set to output at 480i.

  • Jiya JiyaHana

    January 23, 2024 at 4:40 pm

    Check your project settings in Final Cut Pro X match the source frame rate 23.98 fps. In Compressor use H.264 codec and check interlaced under frame controls.

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