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I'm currently working on a project (I'm writing the script right now) that I'm shooting on DV and that I'd like to transfer to film. However, I have a bit of a problem with the frame rates. I know DV shoots at 60fps, but film is at 24fps. I know some of the higher-end cameras have "movie modes" where you can lower the frame rate to 30 or 25. My question is: can the difference in frame rates be compensated for at the video transfer stage, or do I need to shoot as close to 24fps as possible during production?

-- Dan Seitz (, January 14, 1999


This site should cover all your questions

-- John Harvey (, January 16, 1999.

Thanks, John, that site was really helpful!

-- Dan Seitz (, January 18, 1999.

I think you are horribly mistaken. The DV camera's film at 60 fields per second, not frames. There are 2 fields in video per every frame in film. Video captures an image every 1/60th per second, each field is half resolution, so when combined to for 30frames per second (fps) it forms a full resolution image. Some other DV camera's option a full frame movie mode which captures 30 full resolution frames per second to deliver a true 30frames per second. Hope this helps.

-- Chris Penney (, February 14, 1999.

You can shoot PAL and get 25 fps, then it needs to be slowed down in the transfer to film, whereas NTSC has 30fps. PAL also has a higher pixel rate and I'm told it looks closer to film.

-- Joe Kim (, June 28, 2001.

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