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What Frame Rate Should You Use?

Frame rate is defined as the amount of photos (or frames) there are in every second of video. Early film was expensive and sensitive, meaning you needed a lot of light to enter the camera to capture a good picture. The lower the frame rate, the longer the shutter of the camera is open and the more light you get to capture an image. However, Movies and TV use different "standard" frame rates. Here, we will suggest the best frame rates for you depending on what you want to accomplish with your videos.

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1) The standard film rate for movies is 24fps

FPS stands for Frames Per Second. 24fps is the slowest frame rate that the human eye views as motion. Anything at a lower framer rate would make the movie appear to move more quickly or erratically. Think of old silent films where people seem to walk at a funny speed. To get a more cinematic look, we suggest filming at 24fps.

2) Most video cameras and phones are auto set to 30fps

The difference between 24fps and 30fps is that with 30fps, your video appears to be more fluid. With 30fps, you have more photos displaying each second. Most phones automatically record at 30fps by default, which doesn't visually appear to be significantly different from shooting in 24fps. Both are great for filming, however it's best to know which frame rate your device is filming in before getting started. Don't forget - more frames per second means more data. So a video shot at 30fps will be a larger file than a video shot at 24fps.

3) To film in slow motion, use 60fps and convert it in your video editor

Filming in 60fps will give you an even more fluid looking video. Anything shot at 60fps or higher can be converted to slow motion. If you're filming on an iPhone, you can edit the video on your phone to make it slow motion. If you open your camera app and swipe right on the modes above the shutter, you get "Slo-mo" (slow motion). You are able to change your footage or shoot your footage in slow motion on both iPhones and Androids. Or you can use a video editor such as Adobe Premiere Pro to convert your footage to slow motion by "Interpreting" the higher frame rate footage to play back at a lower frame rate.


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