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Sara Blom
50fps to 25fps?
on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:00:19 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm starting a documentaryfilm using the Sony A6500. I have shot some footage in 50fps (pal/European standard) . Now I'm not sure anymore if this is a good choice and should consider switching to 25fps.

Is there a disadvantage shooting in 50fps? Or is it simply just better and more general to shoot in 25fps?

And secondly, will this create a problem working in FCPX with two frame rates/ or with changing the 50fps to 25fps?

thanks !!


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: 50fps to 25fps?
on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:25:29 pm

50fps will have less motion blur and let you slow the footage to 50% without interpolation. It will take twice the space of 25fps. But unless I specifically need the advantages of shooting off speed, I tend to stick to shooting in the delivery format.

FCPX will cope fine with mixed frame rates.

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Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer & Cinematographer
Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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Sara Blom
Re: 50fps to 25fps?
on Mar 30, 2020 at 8:28:17 pm

Thanks Jeff !

Just to be sure, from the perspective of sticking to delivery format it would be best to switch to 25 fps for most of the footage?


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: 50fps to 25fps?
on Mar 30, 2020 at 9:21:55 pm

Shooting at 25fps would be the way I’d go unless I made a conscious decision to switch to 50 for one of the reasons mentioned above. Eg. I know I want to slow the shot down later or maybe I want to reduce the motion blur and add some clarity to a fast moving object.

It’s really a technical and aesthetic choice on your part. FCPX will cope with whichever you choose.

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Jeff Kirkland | Video Producer & Cinematographer
Hobart, Tasmania | Twitter: @jeffkirkland


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