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If you are shooting in one of the progressive modes with the Panasonic AG-HVX200 HD Camera, make sure you pay special attention to the type of progressive mode that you are shooting in. 


Before reading further, this article is only relevant to those of us who are shooting for Standard NTSC playback to video.  This article does not apply to those who are using Apple cinema tools to print back to film.


The progressive format you chose can affect the audio/video sync of your clips after they are ingested into Final Cut Pro.  It also affects the storage requirements.  In particular there are two major differences between 720p and 720pn.  So what is 720pn? What does the 'n' stand for? Read on....

720pn is a new native format.  You might also see this listed as 720p 30pn.  When using 720pn mode, only the true frames are recorded to the P2 card with no video pull-down madness.  If you shoot in 720p 30pn, you won't have any sync issues when ingesting P2 footage with the log and transfer tool.  Just use the default settings and ingest your footage.  No problem.


However, if you were to shoot in standard 720p 30p, you'll need to uncheck a box labeled 'Remove Advanced Pulldown and Duplicate Frames'.  To do this, launch the log and transfer tool within Final Cut Pro.  In the upper right corner select Preferences from the Preferences pull-down menu.


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Next, uncheck the 'Remove Advanced Pulldown and Duplicate Frames'.  Otherwise your audio/video will play out of sync after the files are encoded into Pro-Res 422.  Keep in mind, this step is only necessary if you've shot in the 720p 30pn mode.


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You can more specifics about the P2 workflow for the Panasonic AG-HVX200 being reading Apple and Panasonic's white paper.

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