Film Frame Rate Confusion

I sometimes make comps at 24 frames per second instead of 23.976 inside of my tutorials but some people have asked, “What is the correct frame rate for film?” Well, there are a lot of various situations to consider but here are a few good rules.

  • The frame rate for digital film work is 23.976 so you should use this if you are making a cinematic commerical or movie about robots.
  • Some video editing applications abbreviate 23.976 as 23.98 but AE requires the more specific frame rate.
  • Film or not, you should work at the frame rate of your source material.
  • Non-standard frame rates such as 12 and 15 are great for creating animations for the web or even flash.
  • If you have multiple fps sources try to conform things to your output format.

The reason I sometimes use 24 fps instead of 23.976 is probably because I’m lazy and web video can be non-standard without many problems. Of course, it is probably good practice to use standard frame rates so that you can easily author to DVD or Blu-ray. Hope this helps but be sure to investigate your specific workflow, so that you don’t run into problems in the middle of a project. Remember PAL & NTSC standards may vary.

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6 years ago
California Dreamin’

I am back in California where everything is 3 hours behind New York. So essentially I went back in time. Good to be back so I can start working on some of these tutorials; we’re going to have some fun!

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6 years ago
New York Trip Overview

Well, I’m not back in California just yet but I managed to throw together an overview of my presentation at AENY. It’s nothing special but at least you will see a small bit of the action and at least one bad joke. I didn’t have access to many sound effects but I did have a copy of Pro Scores so it’s not completely boring in the sound department, although I only had about 30 minutes to do everything so I mixed it in AE.

I’m sure some of this will make it into a tutorial somehow but first I need to get back on my computer and my chair and my precious mouse pad. Laptops are a bit of a pain. The video might be a little washed out but I’ll re-encode when I get home.

I want to thank Jim Geduldick and Aharon Rabinowitz for all there help with the meeting as well as Dennis Radeke, although I know he had to be somewhere.

Most of all, I should thank everyone who came out and everyone who wished they could have. Doing public speaking is never easy but the group was great.

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6 years ago
Just got back from AENY

I’m back at my hotel after an exciting After Effects meeting in New York. There was a great turnout of 300+ people primed for some After Effects tips. I’ll share some more info about the meeting tomorrow for those who could not make it.

If you DID go to the meeting and would like to share some thoughts or even a photograph, I’m sure a lot of people would enjoy seeing what it was like. One of the best parts was getting to meet so many of you in person and I appreciate everyone that stopped by to say hi at the end.

I had a great time and goodnight from New York.

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