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Old December 7th, 2004, 03:07 AM   #1
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Shooting a movie...

I'm planning on shooting a feature on an XL2 next year. In the movie, I need to have a scene where a character watches a news program (which I also shoot). I also need to cut to scenes of the news program (as it directly relates to the story). Do I shoot all of the footage (including the news footage) at 24P (even if I intend to show part of the news footage on an actual TV) or can I do the news footage in 60i and splice it in with 24P?

Just wondering.

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Old December 7th, 2004, 07:21 AM   #2
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Not trying to be sarcastic, but by not just have a test run and practice?

always found the best way to learn is to try and do the thing yourself, see what works for you.
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Old December 7th, 2004, 09:54 AM   #3
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I don't know, but I think for news footage, isn't 60i more realistic?
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Old December 7th, 2004, 10:10 AM   #4
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From the peanut gallery -- meaning I have never done any of this, so take it for whatever it is worth -- if your final display mode is 24p, shoot it all 24p. I think you'd be better off to overlay your "news footage" onto the TV screen in post using After Effects or similar software. Trying to make your overall scene AND a TV within the scene that's blasting out 60i BOTH look good sounds like more of a challenge than doing motion tracking in post.

In the end, though, I agree with Martin. If you're going to the tremendous effort to shoot a feature-length movie, do a short test run of any difficult stuff like this that you anticipate enountering. Small price to pay to avoid potentially big headaches later.

And then write a post here about your experience so we can all gain from it, too! ;-)
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