I am working on a history doc-film for a client where 95% of the footage was shot recently with an HVX200 at 720np24 but we need to incorporate a few old interview clips that were shot a long time ago with a Sony VX2000 at 480i29.97.
What is the correct procedure for adding 480i29.97 footage to a 23.98 FCP project?
Send your footage out to be professionally converted via Teranex. If this is not in your budget, use Compressor. Use settings that match your editing frame rate, frame size and codec. Be sure to turn on the Frame Controls. Set the resize, deinterlace and rate conversion to Better or Best. No capture cards can do this type of conversion...all can do upconversion but none can change frame rate.
You can try just dropping in the timeline and rendering, but it will most likely look like garbage. With some historical footage you might be able to get away with it...so I won\\\'t completely dismiss that option, but I certainly would not recommend it, as FCP does a poor job of it unlike the current version of Avid...which does conversions in the timeline beautifully.