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Jordan Montminy
True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 29, 2016 at 10:08:15 am

Hi,

I'm editing a project in FCP7. Most of our footage was shot in True 24fps but we will most likely need a 23.976 sequence at the end of the day.

My question is this: is it better to edit the 24fps footage in a 24fps timeline and later have a post house convert this to 23.976? Or is it better to edit the 24fps footage inside a 23.976 timeline?

My gut tells me to edit in 24fps and have a post house convert to 23.976 but I'd like to hear the pros and cons of each case.

Thanks!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 29, 2016 at 2:07:09 pm

You say MOST of your footage is 24fps. What's the frame rate of the rest? And what percentage of 24fps footage are you talking about?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jordan Montminy
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 29, 2016 at 2:32:31 pm

The overwhelming majority of our footage is 24fps...I'd say after our second shoot 95% of our footage will be 24fps and 5% at 23.976 (at the moment it's about 90/10). In the end I predict very little of the 23.976 footage will be in the final cut. We will also have archive of various framerates but that material will be converted down the line.

Thanks.


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Nick Meyers
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 29, 2016 at 10:51:56 pm

id say work at 24 right till the very end,
till you have your masters,
then make 23.976 masters as well

it;s such a slight difference, that a simple conform would work.

conform all your 23.976 rushes to 24, too, unless sync on longer shots is an issue.


nick


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Jordan Montminy
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 30, 2016 at 10:04:15 am

Thanks for your response, Nick. But just to clarify, are you suggesting I edit in a 24fps timeline and once I'm locked have a post house convert this into a 23.976 master, OR that I edit in 24 then copy/paste my entire locked 24fps sequence into a new 23.976 timeline?

I would think cutting in 24fps and creating a 24fps master would be ultimately easier-- then a post house (or Compressor, Cinema Tools, Resolve, etc.) can create whatever new masters we need directly from the 24fps master I created.

Thanks again.


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Nick Meyers
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:24:36 pm

yes, that's what i mean, go all the way (grade, mix) to final masers in 24fps,
then strike new 23.976 masters from that.


nick


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Jordan Montminy
Re: True 24fps vs 23.976 Timeline
on Mar 30, 2016 at 12:28:29 pm

Great Nick, thanks for the confirmation!


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