I have a TRUE 24fps 1080x1920 Uncompressed Quicktime of my film. I'm going to be using Premiere Pro CS5 connected via Firewire to a Sony HVR-Z1U Camcorder, which is capable of DVCAM recording and playback. I need to record the film to DVCAM tape for a film festival....and I was wondering 2 things:
1. What framerate is needed for DVCam? I'm guessing I will need to convert the film to 23.976 before outputing it to tape....
2. If I need to convert to a 23.976 file beforehand....what is the best quality file for output to DVCam? The best way I know of currently to convert my true 24p footage to 23.976 is by going into After Effects and converting to MPEG2...setting the M-Frame to 3 and the N-Frame to 12 so I avoid conversion flicker problems....but I know MPEG2 will probably be pretty lossy compared to other file formats that DVCam tapes can handle.
Any help would be much appreciated!
DV and DVCAM are effectively the same, 720 x 480 NTSC or 720 x 576 PAL and the framerate is 60i or 50i. Assuming NTSC you need to rewrap to 60i using MS DV AVI.
Have you tried simply exporting a DV file? Premiere will do the necessary conversions.