1.) The camera shoots in 1920 x 1080 60i. That means it has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels per frame, but each frame is made up of two interlaced fields, one made up of the odd scan lines and the other made up of even scan likes.
The 60i is important. In theory, you could capture one still frame every 30 seconds (30p) and output the odd and even fields of the frames separately, but for some reason they chose not to offer that as a possible recording mode.
Now what I really want to end up with is a 24p movie, or one that plays back at 24 frames per second, with each frame complete from top to bottom and not made up of two interlaced fields (progressive scan vs. interlaced).
Sony has a really fabulous converter for converting regular 480/60i DV video to a very convincing 24p. Unfortunately, their 1080i -> 24 converter didn't get the same treatment, and the look so far has been rather the poop. If all else fails I can still edit in 60i and give it the nicely polished pulldown in the final pre-DVD post.
I shall ponder.