Moderators, hello. I'm recommending you make this a sticky: FCP Workflow for 60i>60p>24p
We got an HV20 to play around with at the studio and I spent about 3 hours trolling these boards looking for a definitive answer on GETTING SLOW MOTION FOOTAGE OUT OF THE CAMERA.
I noticed this thread does not exist, and so to have others noticed. So here is a hybrid thread with all the information in one spot.
HOW TO GET SLOWMO SHOTS WITH THE CANON HV20/HV30 and APPLE FINAL CUT PRO:
- shoot 1080i ONLY (HDV - 1080i60)
- frame rate is unimportant, YOU CAN AND SHOULD EXPERIMENT HERE, because flickering may happen, and it may actually look cool, depending on your light source (no a problem outside).
- make a 1080i60 HDV project
* log and capture over firewire is goofy with this camera. Make sure to turn off "abort capture on dropped frames" in the capture preferences window. Also, if batch capture doesn't work, try each clip individually. JUST KEEP RETRYING. IT'S THE CAMERA. IT SUCKS AS A CAPTURE DECK. But it will work, it's just a PITA. When in doubt, capture live if you have too.
** a note about capturing: get out of the habit of capturing whole tapes at once. Editing is all about FILE MANAGEMENT. You will burn yourself later when your drive fills up from the data is does not need, and then you're trying to move files to different drives, etc. Use LOG and capture, it's better.
- Save the project
To get slow-motion footy from what you shot at 60i, you have to split the interlaced frames. JES DEINTERLACER is the bizness. http://www.xs4all.nl/~jeschot/home.html
After your download.
SPLITTING THE INTERLACED FRAMES
- open JES
- select the clips you just captured (only 20 at a time)
- INPUT = "top field first" (NO TO PROGRESSIVE)
- PROJECT = "inverse telecine" from drop down
- OUTPUT = Video Output=Direct/Apple Intermediate Codec (very nice codec, easy on the RAM)
- all other fields, feel free to experiment with...
- Hit OK. This will make duplicate clips in the folder you specify. It's pretty fast.
YOUR CLIPS HAVE NOW BEEN SLOWED DOWN TO 50%. This looks cool, they are essentially 60p.
IF YOU WANT TO EDIT IN A 24P TIMELINE (most likely you do), do this next.
OPEN CINEMA TOOLS
- file/open clip/your new clips (this is a destructive process, so if you want some 60p clips and 24p clips, make copies first)
- once clips are open, you must individually hit CONFORM
- select 23.98 in the dropdown, then hit the conform button again
- thats it, close the clip
- you'll notice finder will now be confused and label the clips 720x540. ignore this, you're fine
EDITING 24P IN FCP
- import JES'd/Conformed clips
- change or make a new 23.98 timeline
- codec = AIC
- 1440x1080 / 16x9
You'll now have .4X slow-motion clips that play back in your timeline, WITHOUT RENDERING. And it looks sweet. And you will be happy. And it's actually pretty easy once you do it once.
This was for Apple FCP versions <6. FCP Studio 2 (FCP 6) makes mixing frame rates much easier, so if you have FCP 6+, you're in a better spot not to screw up, and still not have to render.
Good luck and happy shooting.