Using the Sony HVR-V1 HDV Camcorder

Final Cut Pro includes support for the Sony HVR-V1 HDV camcorder, which records native 1080i50 and 1080i60 footage. As with other HDV tape-based devices, you can capture natively or capture to either the Apple Intermediate Codec or an Apple ProRes codec. You can also output back to the Sony HVR-V1 HDV camcorder using the Print to Video command.

The camera is also capable of recording 1080p24, 1080p25, and 1080p30 HDV formats that are encoded in either the 1080i50 or the 1080i60 format. This means that the capture of the HVR-V1 HDV 1080p24, 1080p25, or 1080p30 footage results in 1080i50 or 1080i60 footage on your hard disks. Adding effects to this type of progressively scanned footage recorded within an interlaced format can potentially add interlacing artifacts. To achieve 1080p24, 1080p25, or 1080p30 footage with true progressive scanning, you must capture and transcode the HDV footage using the Apple Intermediate Codec or the Apple ProRes 422 codec.

To natively capture 1080p25 or 1080p30 video, you should use the HDV 1080i50 and HDV 1080i60 Easy Setups, respectively. Your footage will retain its progressive scanning even though it will be stored in an interlaced format.

You can natively capture 1080p24 video using the 1080i60 Easy Setup, but your captured footage will retain 3:2 pull-down in this case. For transcoded capture of 1080p24 footage with 3:2 pull-down removed, use the HDV - Apple ProRes 422 1080p24 Easy Setup.

The following table lists the recommended workflows for capturing from and outputting to the Sony HVR-V1 HDV camcorder.

Format on tape
Capture format
HVR-V1 recording mode during output
24p/60i
24p Apple Intermediate Codec or Apple ProRes 422 codec
24p/60i
25p/50i
25p Apple Intermediate Codec or Apple ProRes 422 codec
25p/50i
30p/60i
30p Apple Intermediate Codec or Apple ProRes 422 codec
30p/60i