I've shot some video with a Panasonic SD800 using its 1080 60p setting. I've figured out how to turn the files into ProRes for editing.
My question now is what sort of timeline I should use - which will also inform the flavor of ProRes I target when I prep my original clips for editing.
It seems that there's really no practical reason to aim for a final product in 1080 60p... so I'm contemplating whether I should use a 60i or 30p timeline. I'm leaning toward 30p, but I'd like some validation before I fill up a 2TB drive with ProRes versions of everything... :)
A few details:
* This is my first real attempt to do something non-trivial with FCP7.
* This is family vacation video. Nothing professional on the line.
* I'd like to be able to use some of the clips in slow motion -- more the emotional, "make my wife cry" sort of slow-mo shots of kids laughing and such. I'm not trying to slow down action shots.
* The primary way this will get watched is on Apple TV 2 (i.e. 1280x720 @ 30fps), but I'd rather do a little future-proofing and preserve the 1920x1080 original resolution on my timeline.
Given all that, does 30p seem like the right choice for a timeline, or is there a good reason to go with 60i?
60i would be good if you were going to DVD or Bluray but not essential.
You can preserve a master by outputting your fully rendered and finished edit using "Current Settings" and making it self-contained. This would be your digital master to keep for ever. Use it to compress or deliverables.
If the deliverable (Apple TV) is 30p why not edit 30p? LCD displays are meant for progressive anyway. I vote for progressive. Plus, if you want silky-smooth slow motion you can take the 60p originals, go into Cinema Tools and conform them down to 30p, and enjoy the results! With 60i slow-mo won't be as smooth/dramatic as a Cinema Tools conform from a 60p file.