My client wants the final project delivered in HD 720P, 59.94. The dilemma is, I own an XDcam PW-350 that only shoots 1080 60i, 1080 30p, 1080 24p. My second camera angle would come from my PMW-EX1, which can record 720P 60 (also 720 30P, 720 24P, 1080 30P and 1080 60i). What is the easiest, smartest, fastest way to achieve the end product? Shoot 1080 30p in both, then down size in the edit, changing the frame rate when recording the master to D5?
Shoot the desired format with the EX-1 (720P, 59.94) and shoot 1080 60i with the XDcam and convert it to 720p, 59.94 in the edit?
I will be editing in FCP 6.0.6 on a 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Mac.
We frequently mix 1080i and 720P cameras, but are delivering in 1080i. In that circumstance we convert from 720P to 1080i & edit on a 1080i timeline. I think for your case I'd shoot everything at 1080i, do your edit, then convert the program to 720P. In theory it's all the same frame rate so you shouldn't run into any issues. The other thought would be to record your 1080i camera on a Nano Flash at 720P. Lensrentals.com has the nanoFlash for rent, for nearly nothing.
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