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Giuseppe Mangione
It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 10:49:14 am

The documentary I'm going to produce can be potentially broadcasted both in the U.S. than in Europe.
Which format it will be better to shoot: 1080 60i or 50i?

I'm thinking about the easy way to do the conversion.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 6, 2011 at 3:03:26 pm

Shoot in 24p. It is also called 23.976 or 23.98. You can add 3:2 pulldown for NTSC countries, and you can conform it to 25 fps for PAL countries.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Giuseppe Mangione
Re: It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 7, 2011 at 6:25:55 am

Thank you Dave for the suggestion.
I'm shooting with the sony EX1r so I have the capability of 24p.
I'm sure this doc will be broadcast in television.

So if I do 24p I have to do 2 "conversions"... and are you suggesting that is easiest to do a 3:2 pulldown for NTSC countries and a to conform to 25p for PAL countries that a conversion from 30 to 25 or viceversa.

This is interesting!

I have to go deeper in this field...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 7, 2011 at 4:46:23 pm

If you really want to shoot in one frame rate and convert to the other frame rate, shoot and edit at 29.97 and convert to 25.

Just be careful about such things as fluorescent lights. They're 50 hz in europe, and you get horrible-looking video.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Giuseppe Mangione
Re: It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 7, 2011 at 10:02:56 pm

thanks Dave,
anyways... I want to try shooting in 24p. I have a short video project coming. This will be my 24p test...

Then I'll post my experience converting the file in 30p and 25p.


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Walter Soyka
Re: It will be better to shoot in 1080 60i or 50i?
on Jul 8, 2011 at 5:40:34 pm

[Giuseppe Mangione] "So if I do 24p I have to do 2 "conversions"... and are you suggesting that is easiest to do a 3:2 pulldown for NTSC countries and a to conform to 25p for PAL countries that a conversion from 30 to 25 or viceversa."

Exactly. I've seen 24p (23.976) called the universal frame rate because of this -- it's easy to add pull-down for 29.97, and it's easy to conform to 25.

Walter Soyka
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