FPS is one of those things you should pay attention to if you plan on becoming a video editor. In this article you will learn the most common frame rates and their differences.


What is Frames Per Second?

A video consists of images a.k.a. frames, displayed one after the other.

Video is a Sequence of Images

FPS, or frames per second refers to how many images are shown per second. The more frames displayed per second, the smoother the motion in the video.

Images Shown per Second

Let’s get to know the most common frame rates starting from the smallest.

24fps is the lowest frame rate possible for the brain to emulate smooth motion. If a video has a lower frame rate than this, the motion becomes discontinuous. Movies and TV series are often shot at 24fps, so use it as the frame rate when you want your video to look cinematic.

The next frequently used frame rate is 30fps, which is used in the news as well as other live broadcasts. This makes the video a little smoother than 24fps.

The next often used frame rates is 60fps. This frame rate is used in a video that contains a lot of motion because then the motion doesn’t seem blurry. A good example of 60fps is sports where movement is fast and highlights are shown in slow-motion. It’s recommended to record a gaming video at 60fps as games often contain fast motion.

Sixty frames rate can be made, for example, 50 % slower, so that the original video turns into a slow-motion video. The higher the frame rate in the video, the more it can be slowed down while maintaining the smoothness of the movement.

Some cameras can record video with more than 60fps, for example, 240fps. A video like this can be made, for example, eight times slower, which makes the slow-motion video very smooth.

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