Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 4:50 PM (in response to thumperthumb)
The camera shoots 23.976, which FCP calls 29.98. The camera doesn't shoot true 24fps, very few video cameras do.
Dropped frames are usually caused by the hard drive not being fast enough for the media.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 5:17 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
"which FCP calls 29.98." - did you mean 23.98?
The XA10 has 4 different frame rate options: pf24, 24p, pf30, and 60i. Which of these is 23.98? Like I said, the problem was worse until I made a new working file with 24p instead of 23.98 as the frame rate. Also, the droppage seems to be indiscriminate as to what the video is showing, they will drop in the exact same place every time, and will run smoothly in nearly identical circumstances to those in which frames are dropped. Not only do the frames drop in Final Cut, but the exact same frames drop in the exported version of the file. It also runs Nikon D7000 footage without any issues, which might be arguably more detailed video. Also, if the problem is my hard drive, why would it start doing this only recently, since I haven't had this problem before?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 5:32 PM (in response to thumperthumb)
Yes, I did.
I don't know what the Canon usage means. Every company has its own terminology.
The size of the Nikon sensor isn't relevant. Only the data rate matters.
Drive problems can develop as the drive fills and the arm needs to move closer to the center of the platter or as the drive becomes fragmented.
What kind of drive is it exactly and how is it connected?
Frames dropping in the same place in either the original media or the exported file is more worrying. Not sure what you did to fix the 23.98 media, but that may have been contributory.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 5:43 PM (in response to thumperthumb)
On the Canon XA10, recording in 24P will record at a true 24 Progressive frame rate (23.98). All the other framerates are recorded at 60i. From the manual, note the asterisk:
Also, if the problem is my hard drive, why would it start doing this only recently, since I haven't had this problem before?
As a drive becomes fuller, it slows down. If you have been accumulating media on the drive, the performance will be affected.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 5:44 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
I'm running the footage through the internal Hard Drive of the computer. I can't find any specs on it in the "About this Mac" section, but I know it's 500GB. And like I said, when I watch the raw footage through the preview in Final Cut, or through Quicktime, there's no problem. Only when it is put into the timeline, and only in the exact same spots every time. I've even started new files, copied the exact spots that are dropping frames and pasted them into the new timelines, and they drop frames in the exact same way.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 16, 2012 6:01 PM (in response to Tom Wolsky)
That's really good to know, and I'll start doing it that way, but it doesn't sound like a problem that would cause the frame drops in the exact same spot every time, or that the problem would perpetuate the same way through the export process. I've even uploaded the exported files to vimeo and seen the same exact droppage through other computers streaming it.