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“I could be wrong, but I thought the real reason we shoot 60i is because of our electrical wiring in this country, which runs at 60Hz. But like I said, I could be wrong or maybe we’re both right.”
Wasn’t even quite sure myself, but I think my words are better stated as: ‘interlaced video was intended to create a 60 frame-ish affect while only being able to broadcast only one field 60 times a second.’
“In my opinion, the standard should be 30fps, whether progressive or interlace. I don’t like 60p because it looks too good. You see almost no motion blur, and motion blur is natural. I WANT to see some motion blur. The only time I would ever shoot 60p or higher is to achieve a VERY clean slow-mo effect.”
This part of your post struck me amusing at first, but I sort of get your point of making better motion realism (which in a lot of cases it’s a good affect). For the most part, 60p was created to move forward in attempt to ditch the whole interlaced gag. 60p is really the only progressive mode that creates enoughadequate fluid of motion. 30p is still a bit too jabbish – I’d still take 60i over it. If I had the option, I’d only use 24p for achieving a certain affect, not as my everyday story/movie/documentary shooting mode. I’ve heard some RED cams can shoot 120p for achieving some motion affects while retaining the good quality of 60p.