I am really, really happy with my iMac's performance editing HDV. It is very fluid, and working in "2 up" mode with HD on a 24" monitor is a beautiful thing!
I see you may have answered your question(s). But, just to reiterate, I capture using 1080i/60 HDV and apple intermediate codec... this is for 24p footage. For 1080i footage, I just use easy setup 1080i/60. I have not had any capture issues using easy setup
I have done A LOT of testing over the past few weeks and my head is still spinning. What I have personally realized is that the 24p mode is not really worth it... IMO. It does have a nice "cinematic" look, but the post process tasks are a pain when you start dealing with lots of clips. Plus, you have to be very cautious with your movements (pans) when shooting 24fps, otherwise it looks really bad. I thought about writing some apple script to assist, but I have noticed that the cadence is not always the same.
You may sacrifice a little detail, but 1080i still looks stellar. If the new FCP has some black magic that will help with the workflow, then I may revert - at times. But for now I'm 1080i all the time.
Anyhow, that's my 2 cents on it...
I'm glad you liked my movie
, I was just doing some testing with different techniques.