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Progressive footage should result in cleaner slow motion since it’s captured as complete frames at your specified rate of 30p – so 30 complete frames per second.
Interlaced footage is also 30 frames per second, but it’s split into separate odd and even fields yielding 60 fields per second, rather than complete frames. When played back, the fields are interleaved very quickly and gives the illusion of complete frames. If you take a still image from interlaced video with a lot of motion, you will see some a combing or a stepped pattern. If you slow down the interlaced footage playback rate, you will likely see the same, maybe as detail blurring.
Either way, both formats have their place depending on the project’s intentions and a flat out statement to “stay away from interlaced” isn’t an all encompassing solution to everything video.
What camera are you using and what are it’s frame rate capabilities? If you want truly dramatic slow motion, use a camera that shoots 60p and slow down the footage. That will be spectactular.