Framerate: What Is It And Why Is It Important?

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When you watch a movie or television show, or play a video game, the amount of frames shown per second determine how smooth the animation appears. This number of frames per second is known as framerate, or FPS. It’s important because it can greatly affect your viewing experience. This article will explain what framerate is and why it’s important in media production, entertainment, gaming, and other applications.

Framerate is measured in frames per second (FPS). A higher fps usually means a smoother animation as far more changes are happening each second. Framerate is an important factor when it comes to watching movies, playing video games and any other activities that involve movement on the screen. When watching movies and TV shows, the standard framerate is either 24FPS or 30FPS; for gaming and other applications that require higher speed activity, higher framerates such as 60FPS may be preferred.

Higher framerates require more processing power which can increase system load times so as well as giving you superior visuals; lower frame rates can also save hardware resources for GPUs and CPUs to use on more taxing tasks like AI calculations or physics simulations.

What is framerate

What is Framerate?

Framerate is the measure of how many individual frames are displayed per second in an animated or video sequence. This is an important metric when it comes to creating a smooth motion effect in animation or video. Generally, the higher the framerate, the smoother the motion.

In this article, we’ll go over the basics of framerate and discuss why it’s important.


Types of Framerates

Understanding the various types of framerates and what it means for your viewing experience can be quite complicated. There are a few different types of framerates to consider, and each one provides different benefits when it comes to your content. In general, the higher the framerate, the smoother the image will appear on your screen.

The most common types of framerates are the following:

  • 24 frames per second (FPS) – This is the standard rate for many feature films and has been used since the early days of film production. It offers a flicker-free motion but lacks in terms of detail due to its low frame rate.
  • 30 frames per second (FPS) – This is often used on television shows and web videos as it offers smooth motion while maintaining good detail levels. It’s also a popular choice in video games where you usually don’t need more than 30 FPS for smooth gameplay.
  • 60 frames per second (FPS) – With more than double the frame rate compared to 24 FPS or 30 FPS, this is commonly used for fast-paced action sequences as it provides an incredibly smooth look with no distracting flickers or jitters. It’s also great for fast movement as elements in high-quality slow motion videos will be well defined and easy to follow with no blurring issues.
  • 120 frames per second (FPS) – This is typically used only when playback speed is necessary such as slow motion shots or special effects footage. It’s very useful in creating stunning visuals that provide added realism and immersive viewing experience with no jerkiness or blurriness during playback at any speed level.

Benefits of Higher Framerates

High framerate can be beneficial in a number of ways. For viewers, it can improve the realism and smoothness of animation, making it easier to monitor fast-moving objects or movements. It also helps minimize motion blur and provide sharper visuals in action scenes or while playing video games.

Higher framerates allow for more frames per second (FPS) which means that the movement of each frame appearing on screen is smoother and smoother cuts between frames are made possible. This reduces or eliminates the choppiness often seen in small movements. A higher framerate also helps images appear clearer by compensating for motion blur and ghosting (the blurring caused by long exposure time).

For filmmakers, a higher framerates can also offer advantages such as increased depth of field, allowing more detailed visuals to be seen farther away from the camera. This increased detail allows for greater creative freedom when composing shots. Higher frame rates can also reduce visibility issues that sometimes occur due to low levels of light from slower shutter speeds being used to capture movement at lower frame rates.

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Overall, having available the option of shooting in higher numerical framerates gives filmmakers greater control over how their footage will look when viewed back in real-time and is therefore beneficial for a range of applications both now and moving forward into future production scenarios.

How Does Framerate Affect Video Quality?

Framerate is an important component for the overall quality of videos. It determines the number of frames shown in a second. Higher framerates result in smoother, more life-like video. A lower framerate will make video appear choppy and less smooth.

In this section, we will look at how framerate affects video quality:

Framerate and Motion Blur

The framerate of a video is measured in frames per second (fps). It affects the perceived motion blur and general smoothness of the video. The higher the framerate, the more frames you get each second, which means a smoother and more accurate depiction of motion.

Motion blur is a phenomenon that occurs when an object or person moves quickly, creating a blur or streak effect across the screen. Unfortunately, this doesn’t look very good and makes your videos appear lower quality. Depending on how fast things are moving within your scene, you’ll need to adjust your framerate accordingly to reduce motion blur as much as possible.

  • For most applications such as everyday video footage and web streaming, 30 fps provides plenty of frames per second while maintaining reasonable file sizes.
  • Increasing your framerate to 60 fps will result in improved motion blur but also larger files sizes due to the doubling of frames.
  • For slower moving scenes or situations where accuracy is crucial such as sports and gaming broadcast, some videographers prefer super high framerates ranging up to 240 fps for incredibly smooth slow motion shots – although this should only be used if absolutely necessary because it drastically increases file size without necessarily providing enough noticeable improvement for everyday applications.

Framerate and Motion Artifacts

Framerate and motion artifacts are two key terms to understand when considering video quality. Motion artifacts refer to the distortion that happens when a video frame rate is lower than necessary for displaying certain actions, most notably fast movement in sports and activities such as karate. When motion is too fast for the framerate, it can cause judder or lag in the image which makes it difficult or impossible to properly view the action, leading to a distorted or incomplete picture.

In addition to causing graphical distortions, low framerates can impact other aspects of video quality by reducing sharpness, contrast and brightness. This is because a lowerframerate means that more frames are needed to effectively display moving content—thus diminishing the visual quality of each individual frame. For live streaming content viewed on computer monitors and smartphones, framerates should minimally be set at 30 fps (frames per second) for acceptable motion detail with larger screens such as those found on TVs allowing closer to 60 fps for smoothest motion representation.

It is important for marketers and broadcasters alike to understand how motion artifacts work with regards to streaming video in order to ensure that videos are optimally streamed so as not reduce viewer satisfaction. Utilizing higher frame rates allows viewers enjoy live content without manipulation or distortion of images while minimizing buffering problems associated with lower fps settings. By understanding how framerate affects video quality, you can make sure your videos reach their intended audience in an enjoyable and effortless manner.

How to Improve Framerates

Framerate is an essential factor to consider when it comes to gaming, video editing, and even streaming. The higher the framerate, the smoother the experience will be for viewers. Improving the framerate can help you get the best performance out of your hardware.

In this section, we will discuss different ways to increase your framerate for better gaming and streaming:

Adjust Camera Settings

Adjusting the settings of your camera can greatly improve your framerate, allowing you to capture smoother video. This can range from turning on a high-speed mode such as 30 frames per second (fps) to adjusting the exposure settings such as aperture and shutter speed.

You should also turn off any image stabilization or dynamic range features that your camera has in order to maximize the framerate. Additionally, consider shooting in RAW if possible, which allows for a higher quality of recording and editing than traditional JPEG formats.

Finally, it’s important to enable all available motion blur effects if they are available in order to minimize motion artifacts and create smoother footage overall:

  • Enable all available motion blur effects.

Use Higher Quality Video Codecs

In order to achieve the best possible framerate, it is important to use higher quality video codecs such as H.264, HEVC, VP9 or AV1. These codecs are capable of providing a greater amount of image and audio detail while still maintaining a low bit rate. This allows the video feed to be more efficient when using bandwidth and resources on your PC and can help to increase performance significantly when streaming or recording.

While this may require more data usage, it is a small price to pay for improved performance and better image quality. Additionally, using higher-quality codecs can also decrease file sizes as they are able to compress media more effectively than lower-quality formats such as MPEG-2 or DivX.

Reduce Video Resolution

When you’re looking to improve your framerate, one of the first things to consider is reducing your video resolution. The lower the resolution, the fewer pixels have to be handled by your GPU and CPU, therefore allowing a greater number of frames per second. Lowering the resolution can significantly improve framerates in games as long as it is done within reason. Dropping too far could result in an unplayable experience or a lack of detail in the game world.

Another benefit of reducing video resolution is freeing up system resources for other tasks related to gaming such as running other applications simultaneously. This can reduce overall lag and increase performance across multiple applications on your system.

On PC platforms, different resolutions are usually achieved in game settings menus or via display driver software (e.g. AMD’s Radeon software). Depending on how demanding your games are, even setting one step down from “native” resolutions can make a difference (i.e., if your native resolution is 1920×1080, try 800×600). You should also be able to toggle anti-aliasing levels here too; a good balance between performance and graphical fidelity should be reached when reducing resolution and lowering anti-aliasing levels proportionally together depending on hardware capabilities.


In conclusion, framerate is a crucial element of video production. It affects how images are displayed to viewers and is an important factor in determining the viewing quality of media. Most films are shot at 24 frames per second, while television shows are usually filmed at 30 frames per second – although this has recently been increased to 60 for modern televisions. With technological advances, higher framerates such as 120 FPS or even 240 FPS may prove advantageous for captivating viewers.

When choosing a suitable camera and equipment for your project, it’s essential to take into account the desired framerate since it has such a large impact on image quality.

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