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Timothy Schroeder
Frame rate for broadcast
on Apr 17, 2011 at 1:44:14 am

If a person shoots 1920x1080 at 24fps (DSLR), can that be output from FCP 6 to be "legal" for TV broadcast?

What I guess I mean is, what is the frame rate required for broadcast? SD was 29.97, is it the same with HD?

I've looked on the Web a lot, but haven't seemed to find much definitive info. Or maybe I didn't look in the right places.

Thanks!


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Frame rate for broadcast
on Apr 17, 2011 at 4:25:27 am

Yes, it's 29.97 for HD... It can be outputted as 29.97 to a tape with a capture card, or other outputting card/box... or you can add the pulldown to it by exporting it as a file... best done with the card though. THey want tape, right?

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Timothy Schroeder
Re: Frame rate for broadcast
on Apr 17, 2011 at 1:31:19 pm

Thanks for the info, Jerry, that's what I figured it would be. About 5 years ago I was doing some SD video spots for a local bank using an XL2, but they quit the game so I lost the gig. I now have a possible new video client, talking heads stuff, and believe that a DSLR would be fine for this, and be another tool in my still cam assortment that I could use for other stuff.

When I was doing those spots, my service bureau wanted an NTSC QT file, then they prepped it for Comcast. Now I'm not sure what that situation will be, but I'd use the same people for this new stuff if I get it so figured they'd want the same thing, only in HD. I'd also be using the files for the client's website, etc.

My choice at this point is buy a Nikon D7000, since all my gear is Nikon, but the D7000 only shoots 24fps at 1920x1080, which is why I posted my concern. The 5D MKII can shoot at 30fps, but then I'd be stuck with buying lenses besides the camera, or use an adapter for Nikon glass on it, which I know is possible. Or, wait until Nikon comes along with a D800 or whatever, which I'm sure will have much more sophisticated video capabilities. But who knows when that will come along, and I may not be able to wait. I don't have enough need to spend $3-4K on a "real" video cam, so I'm sorta stuck. But I do really like the idea of using my extensive Nikkor lens collection on a DSLR for video.

If I buy the D7000 and use that, what card would I need for my quad MacPro for outputting my timelines as you've kindly suggested? Or maybe I output at the native frame rate and let my service bureau do the final output deeds.

Overall, I'm just trying to get a feel for what the new game is since all my experience was with SD. I have Shure SM57 XLR mikes and a Marantz PMD670 digital recorder so I'm not concerned with audio as I think I have that covered if the DSLR audio is questionable, etc.

Thanks again for your expertise, sorry to be so verbose but I wanted to explain my situation!


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Jerry Hofmann
Re: Frame rate for broadcast
on Apr 17, 2011 at 2:12:06 pm

Take a look at the AJA cards. http://www.aja.com (Kona line) The LHi or 3G card would work.

Jerry

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Timothy Schroeder
Re: Frame rate for broadcast
on Apr 17, 2011 at 3:43:59 pm

Thanks again, Jerry, I'll take a look and may call them tomorrow for further info.


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