Just so you know 60i is 29.97 FPS. It is 60 Fields per second giving you 30 Frams per second. Not sure why it would be doing that with the 24p footage though. Are you transfering the entire folder structure from the card onto your PC? Make sure you drag the "PRIVATE" folder onto the HDD of your computer and use the Media Browser in Premiere to locate the video clips and import that way. If they are still showing that they are 29.97 after that, I would just right click on a clip and go to "Intrepret Footage" and make the frame rate 24p.
I was just looking at the manual for the camera online and it has two settings for shooting 24fps.
PF24 - Which actually shoots 60i but displays 24fps.
24p - Which actually shoots 24fps.
One other question. Why shoot with the quality mode set to SP? You will get MUCH better video buy going up to MXP.
I'm about to purchase the XA10 also and use it with PPro CS5.5 so I'm very interested in your questions - and the forum's answers. Are you using CS5 or CS5.5?
Allthough I can't help answer your question yet, I can confirm and add to pabalsamo's advice - if you want to capture full HD video quality, you'll need to switch to MXP or FXP mode. These are the only two settings that allow full HD 1920x1080 video recording and the picture quality is outstanding. However, if the XA10 is like the HFS21 (my current camera) you may have problems when it comes to editing MXP footage. To be safe, I usually stick with FXP and I'm very happy with the results. The default setting on your XA10 may be 'SD' (I'm not sure why Canon does this) which is why you found yourself shooting in it... I might be naive suggesting this, but I'm wondering if shooting in SD has anything to do with the problem your having? Maybe just to eliminate, try shooting in FXP, 24P and see how Adobe recognizes it...
By the way there's a good introductory article on HD compression/codecs/bit rates here: http://www.camcorderinfo.com/d/Reviews&level_b=Camcorder&level_c=HD.htm#
Best of luck and hope to hear more answers and maybe even be able to provide some in the near future.
I have the exact same camera XA-10 and exact same software. Both the camera and the software are working correctly it is neither a Canon nor Adobe problem. You need to use the right setting and unfortunately the defaults are not correct in this combination.
When importing footage from XA-10 , 60i, then Adobe will imports it as 29.95fps which is correct. What the problem is that the default Processing Option for the composition is " none". That will cause interlace artifacts.The exported video quality will be much worse than the original footage.
To access Processing Options right click on the imported footage on the timeline and click Field Options from the drop-down menu. A small window pops up titled Field Options, and there is an area within that called Processing Options. The default is none. Change the setting from "none" to "Flicker Removal" and all artifacts are gone. The "Always Deinterlace" option also removes interlace artifacts but when the camera moves fast then it still looks jittery, albeit without the occasional horizontal interlace line fragments.
Always Deinterlace is not the answer. This option is for freeze frames and clips <100% speed
These docs tell you how to tackle this issue