I have footage from an XA-10 that I accidentally shot in PF24 instead of 24P. When I import it on FCP 7, no matter whether I have the "remove pulldown" preference checked or not, it comes in as 29.97. If I'm not mistaken, PF24 is shot at 24 fps and then converted to 60i. That being the case, is there anyway to import it a 23.98 or am i stuck here? I don't want to import at 29.97 and then convert it. That's defeating the purpose of trying not to have it look like it wa converted from 29.97.
There's no way to import it as native 23.976. If I remember correctly from my FCP7 days, you have the option to run a 3:2 pulldown on the sequence when you create it, so that it correctly reads the PF24 frames and shows up correctly. You also might be able to transcode it with CinemaTools, which I used to do, too. Or it might be that you edit at 60i and then the 3:2 pulldown happens on final export to a 23.976 file. I haven't used FCP7 in nearly six years now, so I'm having trouble remembering how that workflow used to go. The bottom line, though, is that you import to a sequence at the native framerate and apply a 3:2 pulldown either to the sequence or to the export.
Frankly, you'd be best off looking up Canon's recommendations for an XA10 PF24 workflow, and trying to implement it--most of the people around here have moved away from FCP7, and like me, will be too rusty to give good advice.