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David Waugh
Future proofing frame rates
on Oct 5, 2017 at 11:05:52 pm
Last Edited By David Waugh on Oct 6, 2017 at 6:11:28 am

Being Australian, I have been shooting and outputting 25p for all projects. I rarely shoot for TV, and because of the nature of my work, nearly everything I produce is viewed on mobile devices.

I am starting a long-term project for a new client that will only be viewed via social media, YouTube or web. It got me thinking about frame rates again... Would 30p be better for viewing on devices that would mostly use a 60Hz (or 120) refresh rate? I've done a few tests today and I can't detect a tangible difference on my phone or tablet but I do actually find the 30p slightly more fluid on a computer monitor. Am I imagining things or should this actually be the case?

I have also tested light flicker between 25p and 30p and under most (new) lights and I don't have many problems despite still being on a 50hz power grid. Certainly older style fluros are problematic but often 25 is just as bad.

I also wonder if at some point 25p will become a bit redundant? I don't do any high-end work to be honest, but if one day I have a doco bought by Netflix, would 30p be better? I guess films are generally 24p but docks 30p? I feel like 30p might be better long term...

Anyway, I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thank you.

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