I apologize ahead of time if this is a totally beginner question, however I had some trouble in my last ADR session that I would like to solve and completely handle.
I receive sometimes random video files which I am somehow supposed to be able to play back and sync audio to for ADR sessions, foley sessions, mixing, etc.
Is there some easy rule of thumb I can use to find out exactly what frame-rate the video is at?
Here is what happened in the last session:
I got a MOV file which I opened in QuickTime to see what framerate it was. It told me "29.97". I set it up as 29.97 in Pro Tools and VVTR and suddenly my streamers and beeps were not working - at all. They just didn't show up.
After restarting 4 times and tearing my hair out because the client was going to be in my studio in 30 minutes, I finally tried setting everything to 29.97 DF. This handled it, though I could not find any sign or anything that would be able to tell me for sure that this was the frame rate - so how am I supposed to know?
How do I find out quickly what frame-rate a video-file is at if there is no time-code burn-in on the file?
Is there a third party program I can use that can tell me this?
Sometimes I get 25 frames, 29.97 DF, etc.
Is there a rule-of-thumb, like TV is ALWAYS 29.97 DF?
Maybe if you could point me in the direction of a basic, basic, basic article or book about digital video and frame rates etc. without all of the nomenclature. That would smoke.