We had an on-line conforming job come in with the workflow as follows:
Shoot on Panasonic Varicam to DVCProHD tape (720/59.94P flagged for 24P in metadata). Project was off-line edited in DV NTSC at another edit house. We got Final Cut Pro sequence to be on-line edited in HD at 720/23.98P with final output to be uncompressed Quicktime movie. Here’s the problem — in FCP media manager, I tried to “create offline”, making a new sequence using Aja DVCProHD 23.98 Varicam easy setup, which would drop unneeded frames upon capture. FCP said “unable to change frame rate”. How to get to a 24-frame sequence for output?
I thought of trying to conform it as a 720/59.94 sequence, running the Panasonic frame rate converter on all the footage. But wouldn’t that put 3:2 pulldown on everything. The customer wouldn’t allow use of a 59.94P sequence — final product is for film out.
How would all of you FCP gurus handle a project such as this? Am I missing something stupid, or is there a real hole in this workflow?
Thanks in advance for your comments. We have FCP 5.1 + Aja Kona 2.
Senior Editor/DVD Author
New York City