I'm editing a reel consisting of movie scenes from DVDs and I have some questions about frame rates. As I understand it, when a 24 fps film is put on DVD, it's first slowed down to 23.976 fps and then 2:3 pulldown is used so it can be played properly on a TV. So when a 24 fps movie is put on DVD, is the video file of that movie 23.976 or 29.97? Is the pulldown implemented to the film on the DVD itself or is it the player or TV that does the pulldown?
I want to make sure that I'm selecting the correct frame rate when I'm ripping footage from a DVD.
Also, out of curiosity, how can 29.97 frames be displayed in one second? That's just a theoretical number, right? Doesn't that just really mean that 2,997 complete frames are displayed in 100 seconds?