As with most of my life, I run into issues. I found when attempting to transcode some 24p footage to DNxHD 36. The final picture quality of my transcodes were horrible. After digging around researching, I discovered the following:
In addition, DVFilm Maker openly admits, that the Sony cameras have a crappy 24p. To which they recommend shooting at 60 and converting to 24p. That could simply be them trying to sell more software, but it appears that thought is supported in the Avid community.
You’re probably like, “dude, you use Premier, not Media Composer.” And you’re right, BUT I am using their codecs. For a quality/bandwidth compromise, they can’t be beat. So, I’ll stick with either 59.94 in 1080i or 30p (29.97) in 1080i. Avid codecs support both settings on a Sony HDV camera.
If I’m missing something, let me know. Right now, I’d recommend if you want to work with Premier on a Mac, stay away from HDV.