Let’s Talk About Frame Rate For A Video

Be it our summer holidays or winter, be it a Sunday or any other weekday, be it just Netflix and chill all day. What's that one thing that makes our holidays fun? I think you got it right! MOVIES and TV SHOWS!!. We love watching movies and TV series all the time but what do we actually do? We watch it, discuss the storyline, how the actors were, how was the dress, set and the list goes on. But do we actually know how the movies are made? No I don’t mean direction or production. I mean how we see the scenes or effects. How do we see all these actors and places moving in a Movie? These are actually possible due to the frame rates.

Remember during our childhood years, we had those flip books, where each pad of paper contained an image and when we flipped through the pages in a go, it’d appear as if the pictures were moving. Similarly Frame rate is actually the number of individual images that are displayed per second in a film. In a movie series of still images are viewed in order at a certain speed (at which one wants to show them) known as the frame rate and represented as FPS. Each image represented as a frame so if a video is captured or played at, say, 24 fps, it means each second of the video shows 24 distinct still images, all at once.


30 FPS: 30 distinct still images in a second

Now one may wonder why to use frame rate? Well frame rate not only impacts the style and viewing experience but it also determines how realistic one wants his video to look. There really isn’t a best frame rate, it as I mentioned, it depends on how you want your work to look but exclusively Movies and TV shows are projected at 24 fps as it is how we see the world around with our personal projectors( our eyes!). It creates a more cinematic aura in the movie and helps us to connect well! Too much high frame rate gives an unrealistic touch to the movies also called Soap Opera Effect (since everything from a falling plate to a man sized serpent in a TV serial is unrealistic). On the other hand too low frame rate can make the video appear blurred and choppy and then Hello Magnifying Glasses because I can’t even see my favourite actress!