30 frames per second, 25 frames per second, 24 frames per second…what does it all mean? These terms can be baffling if you’re new to video editing or if you come across a project that uses rates that aren’t similar to what you’re used to. Have no fear! We’ve put together some basics on frame rates so you’ll never be confused again!

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What is frame rate?

Frame rate is the frequency in which your camera captures a unique image. Each unique image is called a frame. Frame rate is typically measured by frames per second, or fps.

What frame rate is typically used?

There are three frame rates that are most often used in television and movies today:

  • 24 fps: This is the standard for movies. It is the tranfer standard to when recording an image to film, but even in today’s digital age, movie makers still use the 24 frames per second rate to keep that film feel.
  • 25 fps: This frame rate is more commonly known as PAL. It is the television standard and is used in 50 Hz region and countries. Most of Europe uses this frame rate.
  • 30 fps: This frame rate is most often used in North America and other 60 Hz regions. It is the standard for NTSC. Sometimes this is also referred to as 30 frames per second, but there is a difference in quality.

Can I convert frame rates?

Youbetcha! You can use different programs like Final Cut Pro, Compressor and After Effects to do it. There are also special converters that you can download that are specially made for this job. Since each project is different, we suggest you do a simple google search to find the instructions on how to convert your type of footage in the programs you have.

Where can I find more information?

We think Apple has a really great guide on learning the basics of frame rates. You can check it out by clicking here.

Do you have more frame rate questions? Let us know and we’ll try to find some answers for you! Just post them below or leave them on our Facebook wall. You can always tweet us, too, @videoblocks.

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