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Old November 13th, 2005, 06:00 PM   #1
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FX1 24P/30P/60i

I'm planning on buying an FX1 for myself for Christmas...and some people on this forum said they didn't like the 24 frame mode on the FX1 and didn't really explain why. I absolutely love the film look and want to turn my video into 24p, I have Pinnacle Liquid Edition ($50 through work) and Combustion3 so I don't know what the best way to acheive 24fps, I could buy the FX1E which would get me 25fps and i could slow it down 4%, but in your opinions...what would be the best way to attain a 24P look...my budget is about 3500 so I can't buy the HVX200 yet (planning on selling the FX1 sometime next summer to upgrade...)
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Old November 13th, 2005, 06:20 PM   #2
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Here's an article by Adam Wilt that explains the cineframe 24 mode on the FX1: http://www.adamwilt.com/HDV/cineframe.html
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Old November 13th, 2005, 07:31 PM   #3
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If Your budget is "only" 3.500 and 24p is what You want, then I would recommend to buy a Panasonic AG-DVX100B or a Canon XL2 and not a Sony.

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Old November 13th, 2005, 07:39 PM   #4
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Do you really need HD? If not, go with the DVX100B or the XL2. Those are the 2 choices that really matter.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 10:26 PM   #5
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HD is a primary importance to me, I've tried the XL1S/XL2, right next to a Z1U(yeah I know, its not an FX1 but from what I hear they're basically the same) and the Z1U looked far better than the XL2 on an HD display, which is what I'll be showing my video on. I would love to convert 60i to 24P or at least 30P, but that isn't a priority for me. If anyone has any CF24 or CF30 video online, I'd love to see it. I was just wondering if there was a good way of getting a good progressive image out of interlaced video.
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Old November 13th, 2005, 10:40 PM   #6
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Theoretically, can't you essentially get 60P video when downconverting from HDV to SD?
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Old November 14th, 2005, 09:25 AM   #7
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DVFilm Maker will do the conversion: http://www.dvfilm.com/maker/
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Old November 14th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #8
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you should do a search on cineframe24, if you want to understand why the mock 24 fps on an FX-1 isn't really mock 24 fps. i think it has been covered. you have to see it to really understand why the in-camera option won't really work as a substitute for a 24 fps. it doesn't handle motion cleanly. people here have described it as "stuttery," which is close. it almost has an underwater or dream-like quality, not suitable for your average real-time usage. i think it was adam wilt who described it as more of a special effect, which seems accurate to me. it probably can be put to some interesting uses in its own right. i kind of liked playing with it, personally. as everyone here as suggested, there are plenty of post-production ways to get the 24fps effect, so it shouldn't be a deal-breaker, because there are so many things about this camera which are fabulous for its price point....
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Old November 14th, 2005, 06:50 PM   #9
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Here is the link to Adam J. Wilt's explanation of the Cineframe modes: http://www.adamwilt.com/HDV/cineframe.html.
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Old November 14th, 2005, 06:58 PM   #10
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Hmm... I think there's an echo in here...

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Here's an article by Adam Wilt that explains the cineframe 24 mode on the FX1: http://www.adamwilt.com/HDV/cineframe.html
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Old November 19th, 2005, 09:59 PM   #11
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On this page, http://www.adamwilt.com/24p/#AVsync (scroll down a bit to the table) I noticed there seems to be a potential problem of audio syncing with the footage on some cameras? Does the FX1 sync perfectly?
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Old November 20th, 2005, 02:46 PM   #12
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CF 24 vs CF 24p

A lot of people on this board are "professionals" that eventually make their videos rest as film. However before it gets to film, they will not let it rest.

I see this "24cf" argument over and over again and people never say whether they are just using it for home video or are they going to make their videos into film.

To those destined for film - Not everyone will make their videos into film.

To those destined for video/dvd - who cares. Whatever you like. 24cf achieves the "effect" although its not technically correct.
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Old November 21st, 2005, 06:38 AM   #13
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I'm planning on buying an FX1 for myself for Christmas...and some people on this forum said they didn't like the 24 frame mode on the FX1 and didn't really explain why. I absolutely love the film look and want to turn my video into 24p, I have Pinnacle Liquid Edition ($50 through work) and Combustion3 so I don't know what the best way to acheive 24fps, I could buy the FX1E which would get me 25fps and i could slow it down 4%, but in your opinions...what would be the best way to attain a 24P look...my budget is about 3500 so I can't buy the HVX200 yet (planning on selling the FX1 sometime next summer to upgrade...)
Noah, you have to be kidding! I think the nature of the CF24 mode is one of the most argued over, picked over subjects on this forum. Do a search and you'll find plenty.

Basically is comes down to three reasons:
  1. it inserts a pulldown rather than recording progressively.
  2. the frames are made from irregularly timed fields so motion is not smooth (pans can be particularly ugly).
  3. it reduces vertical resolution.
I would suggest you buy the FX1 and find a software de-interlacer for your NLE.
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Old November 29th, 2005, 08:12 PM   #14
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...also, imho , cf30 looks pretty nice, if your're only going to dvd. Kurth
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Old February 15th, 2006, 03:42 PM   #15
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60P from HDV 60i

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Theoretically, can't you essentially get 60P video when downconverting from HDV to SD?

I haven't seen this question definitively answered yet. It seems like a really important one, if anyone's interested in the super smooth slo-mo that 60p would yield.

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