Just to confirm, when you say HDV, you mean tape-based hi-definition video, right?
Hi Steve, yes, miniDV tape it is. I am shooting on a Canon XH-A1. My camera preset is HDV-24fps. I usually always shoot 60i with this cam. But I thought I would try the 24 setting. It looks fabulous. BTW, I rendered it out to a .wmv 720P file and it plays perfectly and looks awesome. But I worry about doing more in 24 because of the way my PE7 handles it.
Yes, 24p is probably not a good idea for HDV, if you plan to edit it in Premiere Elements, since it doesn't really support it.
I'd recommend you stick with traditional 30i and 25i.