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Run your own tests, dude. Don't take anyone's word for it.
So what are these forums for?
> Run your own tests, dude. Don't take anyone's word for it.
Absolutely. Just shoot few clips and try capturing and buring them, juju. Remember -- you can't encode true 24p with Encore, so you'll have to export with Adobe Media Encoder as MPEG2 within Premiere.
> Or am I better off stiking with 50i HDV
If you live in PAL-land, why are you shooting/editing/outputting in 24p? Wouldn't 25p be more appropriate for the European market?
Obviously I'm not saying you can't ask the question here. I'm just suggesting that you'll be better off if you run your own tests with all your own equipment and make your own evaluation as to how well it works.
To paraphrase Heinlein at the end of the novel Friday: "If I told you, you wouldn't know. You would simply have been told."
I'm not in Pal Land. I'm in motion picture lookalike land. :)
> I'm in motion picture lookalike land
Well, then 24p is the way to go for that, to be sure. FYI -- most PAL DVDs of films I have seen are 25 fps -- that is to say, "25p over 50i". The process is something like:
1.) shoot / edit in 24p
2.) export your final movie at 24p (in your case, to an HD Cineform .AVI)
3.) speed it up slightly to 25p and resample the audio back to its original sample rate (usually 48kHz)
4.) convert it to MPEG2 for DVD -- using interlaced chroma subsampling. Older DVD players can't handle true 25p (so I hear), so this is done for greatest compatibility.
Can't I export directly to DVD from the timeline?
> Can't I export directly to DVD from the timeline?
Assuming you've got a 24p timeline and you're outputting to NTSC 23.976 fps, then "yes".
25p is a different story: I am fairly certain that Adobe Media Encoder will not do the 3% speed-up when outputting 24p to 25p. Furthermore, AME makes you choose "upper/lower/progressive" for field options. If you choose "progressive", your chroma will be sampled progressively. If you choose "interlaced" your effects and transitions will be rendered as interlaced.
So, I'd say you should:
1.) Export 1080/24p Cineform .AVI file(s) of your sequence(s)
2.) Create a new 1080/25p Cineform project and import the .AVI files fro step #1
3.) Select the .AVIs in the Project window, Interpret Footage and set the frame rate to 25
4.) Place your clips on the timeline -- be sure that Frame Blending is not enabled on any clips, do not add any effects, etc.
5.) Export via AME as PAL DVD, 25 fps, upper-field first