I ordered an XL2 earlier this morning and I've been thinking about it all day.
I'm very excited about the 24p feature (it's one of the big reasons I chose this camera).
My question is this;
When shooting in 24p, does the camera actually record the information at
24 frames/sec on the tape or does it convert it to the standard 29.97?
My main concern is during the capture process will it affect my timecode?
Especially when editing 30p or 30i content together with 24p.
It records to NTSC (CCIR601?)on the DV tape. By definition, this format is 30 fps(actually 29.97 fps). In order to take the native 24fps recorded by the image sensor, and turn it into 30fps, the in-camera software adds extra frames in either the 2-3 or 2-3-3-2 pulldown format.
Vegas is smart enough to detect 24fps that has been converted to 30 fps; and, will remove the extra frames if you have the right switches slected in "preferences", returning your captured video to the original 24fps.