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You may be aware that different media types such as video and film have different frame rates. But did you know that even within video, there are several “native” frame rates and the same is true for film.

For instance, 8mm film is generally 16FPS (frames per second) and Super8 tends to be 18FPS. These slower frame rates give a very cool, old time look that some people really like. Of course now days, these frame rates have all but disappeared. Old school cameras that shoot on VHS and Hi8 formats tend to be 29.97FPS and motion pictures shot on film tend to be 24FPS. Some other video formats have a frame rate of 23.98 to approximate the film look. Of course the recent addition of the Hobbit to the Peter Jackson cannon of work has now shown us 48FPS. Anybody notice?

European formats known as PAL have a frame rate of 25FPS. To the trained eye, film has it’s own look and video does as well. We’re also seeing 50FPS and 60FPS which tend to be interlaced formats. But what does this all mean to you? It’s really just a little background info for the curious customer. The human eye is actually able to perceive 10 to 12 separate images per second. For more information, please feel free to contact us.

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