I am recording real time from a switcher into FCP. the switcher is a for-a and the For-a is set to 1080i 59.94. I have heard there is no real difference between 59.94 an 29.97. How should FCP be set to capture into DVCPro HD - 59.94 or 29.97?
I have a Decklink as well. For 1080i DVCPRO HD you want Blackmagic 1080i 59.94 DVCPROHD. Note on the right of the screen shot, it is 29.97 fps. There is no 59.94 FPS option with DVCPRO HD 1080i.
With 720p, you have two options. 720p 59.94, which IS 59.94 FRAMES per second and 720p 29.97, which is 29.97 fps. Note that 720p 29.97 is somewhat unconventional, as broadcasters that use 720p (like FOX and ABC) use 59.94.
As others have stated, ProRes is a better codec in most instances, but if you are capturing DVCPRO HD footage or have older hardware or an older version of FCP, there is nothing wrong with using the DVCPRO HD codec.
As Jeremy stated, 1080p 59.94 FRAMES per second exists in some codecs (including ProRes) for some very high end formats, but its not likely thats what you are using.
[Ian Liuzzi-Fedun]"I am recording real time from a switcher into FCP. the switcher is a for-a and the For-a is set to 1080i 59.94. I have heard there is no real difference between 59.94 an 29.97. How should FCP be set to capture into DVCPro HD - 59.94 or 29.97?"
For 1080i it's 29.97.
I would like to personally strangle the person who decided to designate 1080i HD as "59.94"
See in 1080i, you have 60 FIELDS of information that make 30 frames of video in one second.
In 720p you have 60 FRAMES of video in one second.
So I guess someone who had 59.94 envy decided we should call Standard Definition by it's true 29.97 FRAMES PER SECOND frame rate but call High Definition by it's 59.94 FIELDS PER SECOND frame rate.
If anyone knows who this brilliant person is, I would love to meet them. Really, just to shake their hands or something.....
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