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James Kozick
Best FPS Strategy in Final Cut?
on May 17, 2020 at 10:01:40 pm

One of the considerations in working with Final Cut Pro (FCP) towards a "Cinematic" look is Frames Per Second (FPS).

My understanding is:
1) In order to create smooth slo mo a FPS of at least 60FPS is necessary when shooting.
2) 24 FPS is a standard for creating a Cinematic/Film look in the production.
3) And 30FPS is common for distribution.

This brings up the question how to effectively work with these varied FPS rates in FCP to achieve the best outcome?

My questions are:
1) Should all shooting be done in 60FPS? Or just the shots you know will be used for slo mo?
2) Should all the non slo mo shots be done in 24FPS?
3) Should the FCP timeline be set to 24FPS?
4) Will importing 60FPS and 24FPS footage into the same timeline cause a problem? If so, how to avoid it?
5) Will exporting the final video in 30FPS be a problem when working with a mix of 60FPS & 24FPS?
6) Any other suggestions?


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