Working with 24 @ 25 fps Timecode

Final Cut Pro has a special timecode format for editing 24 fps film that was transferred to 25 fps PAL video.

24 @ 25 timecode displays 25 fps timecode while you edit 24 fps video. This allows you to see the actual source timecode from the 25 fps PAL videotape even though you are editing at a frame rate of 24 fps. Editing at 24 fps is important because this is how the final film will be projected, but 25 fps timecode is important because this accurately shows you where each video frame comes from on the PAL videotapes. The PAL videotapes, in turn, correspond to the original film edge code numbers. If you don’t maintain the 25 fps timecode while editing in Final Cut Pro, you can’t accurately trace your footage back to the original film negative to make a proper negative cut.

For more information about 24 @ 25 fps editing, see the documentation that came with Cinema Tools.