19. Frame Rate Converter
• Convert frame rates from PAL to NTSC to PAL
• Change 60i footage to 24p and much more
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65 Responses to "Frame Rate Converter"
Joel
06/11/2014
Hi, When I try to convert from 30 to 24, I interpret the footage @ 24, drag it into a new comp, add the preset and it defaults to an Actual of 23.97 and a target of 30 (which is obviously the OPPOSITE of what I want. So I go to set the Actual to 30 (which it is) and when I enter it, the target also changes to 30!! :( So I set the Target to 24 and.... it changes the Actual to 24!!! They've become linked somehow, and if i set either, it changes both the Actual and Target to the same number. What am I doing wrong here?? cheers
tayor
09/15/2014
Any luck figuring this issue?
Jansef James
02/03/2012
Gosh.. I feel like flying.
I am new to VFX.. and these tutorials are so easy to follow.
And I like Andrew's Jokes :D
I think I am falling for the guy ;)
chris kag
11/02/2011
This does not work for me. I followed what was shown in the tutorial (tried a 24p to 30p) and it actually made it go at 1fps to 3.xxxfps a second using this.

Am I doing something wrong or is this not compatible with CS5.5
rose
02/03/2012
same here!
Michelle Godoy
05/26/2011
Where can I get the Andrew Kramer FC plugin ? I cant seem to find it :( Thank you!

Michelle
Rebel28
06/23/2011
It's here:
http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/frame_rate_converter/

Click on the "Project Files" button
Luis Garcia
04/21/2011
Hey i tried to convert a video which is about six minutes long, to 29.97 to 23.976 but once i did that, It all took forever to render but when i try to scrub it, it'll take another long time to render. Any way to fix this.
Caio
07/12/2014
The same happens for me,it's asking for 59hours to render a 10min scene! HELP!
Jedi
04/13/2011
This tutorial is great(it actually saved my live ^_^), but I have one question...

I have to convert my movie, recorded in 20fps, to 24fps. And becouse, this is an actual film, not just one scene, there are obviously cuts between the scenes.

So is the "pixel motion" method good in this case? I mean, how will AE create inbetween frame, from two frames, that have nothing to do with one another?
Chad
06/23/2011
Is there any way for you to cut the movie and convert the frame rate in individual scenes? i.e. cut it and export each scene in FCP and import them into AE, then converting the frame rate of each one?
Tony
12/26/2010
How do I get the Andrew Kramer frame Rate Convector plugin.

Cheers

Tony
Mike
01/02/2011
In the presets tab under tutorials
khaldounkoko
12/04/2010
hy andrew nice tuto
Nick
11/23/2010
PLEASE HELP

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT FRAME RATE TO CONVERT IT TO? BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT I DO, MY FOOTAGE LAGS DURING PLAYBACK. PLEASE RESPOND PLEASE
Mohammed Gaily
12/19/2010
Please follow these guidelines:
1 - When you import any video file format to any project list click the right mouse button on the file. (on THE LIST)
2 - After pressing the right mouse button on the file will show you the list, select the ones Interpret Footage. Waiting for the other menu and choose the option Main. You can Briefly press the button Ctrl F to summarize the previous steps, but all of this to consolidate the information .
3 - In the window that appeared Number shows the number of frames per second. You can change this number to get the number of frames appropriate for your system.

Good luck
Facundo
09/27/2010
Hi,
what is the better way (broadcast) to convert a 24p (23,97) canon footage to 25 fps?


ade
09/13/2010
@barry
to change from timecode to frames, just ctrl (click) on the time in the timeline windows
it will change to fram

nice tutorial andrew
Doodle
02/03/2011
@ade, I'm a noob...cheers for responding to @barry...was very helpful.
Jakub
09/09/2010
You probably won't believe it, but I just impressed a lady by my ability of frame converting, so.. obviously it has bigger potential than you thought... :)

Anyway, thanks for useful tool ;)
K.A.S. ILLuzion
04/23/2010
Thank You, Andrew! It's great tutorial. I watched it 4 times and at the end undertood all properly.
Thnx!
kokos
01/14/2010
In most package can find the fps converter?
Thank you
Adam Schoales
08/27/2009
Been trying to convert a PAL concert from a friend into NTSC and was wondering if anyone had any tips. After Effects would probably be too much since the concert is two hours but really am having trouble finding a good method... any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Barry
07/24/2009
Under composition settings how do you change from time code to frames and back again.
Boris
07/14/2009
Hi Andrew,

first of all: Thx so much for all these grate tutorials you share with us. We would order more of your DVD´s if they would translate into german.
But now I´ve a question.
We are filming with our Canon EOS 5D Mark II and we would like to transfer 30p into 25p.
Is there any update for this tutorial so we can use it for AE CS4 ?!

Cheers again,

Boris
infamous
06/26/2009
You dont want to know I have this film in 24FP canon format huge headache converting thank you Andy.

You save this entire project for loseless.
Kierra
06/19/2009
I had to use this method on a 4 minute clip. It has been rendering for 4.5 hours and still has 90 minutes to go. Is this normal? There's not much motion so I used the "whole frames" method. Figured that was fastest. The blended frames method was rendering all night and still had 6 hours to go when I came in this morning. Thoughts?
Ryan McCormick
05/16/2009
Just watched your clip on FPS conversion. It mentioned that the presets were available for download, but I can't find them. Where might they be??

I am trying to take a 1080i 59.94 flip and convert it to 50hz. Unfortunately when i drop it down i get audio sync issues and am madly trying to figure out a viable work around. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much
Sam
05/14/2009
Hi Andrew
your tutorial is the greatest and easy to follow you are genius....

i have a problem i create the one base on your tut sparkle text
and when i export to avi or mov the result is not look the same that i made in After effect
it really look dead and bad result

need help
Sam
dan
05/07/2009
this seems to work fine for me.

Can't recommend using it on >2 mins worth of footage though...it's taken over 8 hrs to render and is still going.
Tristan Summers
02/27/2009
Thanks Once Again Superstar. You saved my life again.

Was looking to use a 25p comp in a 30p comp without stuttering.

So if you just want to use the EXACT frames of footage OR A COMPOSITION you can use the same formula ( source rate/new rate*100) and apply the percentage to the TIME STRETCH.

Be better if After Effects let you do this more easily.

nb rotoing 25p footage for a 30p comp. Apparently really hard to shoot 30p in Uk as lights flicker due to 50hz/60hz voltage differences...
BrennFilm
01/28/2009
Hi Andrew.
First... awesome job you are doing. I'm getting into AE thanks to you!
I have a problem with this tutorial though. It might be my problem, but I wanted to know if there are more people with this experience.
When I use your template to turn PAL footage into NTSC footage, it starts very well, but after 200 frames into the composition, things really slow down. Up to 5-8 seconds per frame.
Now I'm rendering a trailer which is about 1,5 minutes long, but it will take up to 8 hrs.
I tried different types of footage, but still the problem persists.
Now I tried just scaling and setting the interpret footage to NTSC and only use the timewarp... so not the slider "original" and "target" expressions... and voila... ten time faster.
So I'm not sure what that expression is doing, but it seems at my end that it slows things realy down, and all you have to do is do some math in the warp fields...

I thought I let you know.

Greetings. Stephan
chris
01/22/2009
Great tutorial! I always learn so much from your site.

Question - the frame rate preset you have for download is not compatible with AE 6.5 because it was created in 7.0.

Any chance of getting one that works with 6.5?

Thanks!
Miguel Ortega
01/16/2009
Will this work on Cs4? Anyone?
Roberto
12/27/2008
Hello everyone forgive my English, I am Spanish and I have a problem,
program gives me the bugs with FrameRateWarp, I said that I have not, I
can download from any site?.
I could respond to someone it makes me much needed.
Thank you all and a greeting.
legobenj
12/25/2008
Woah, Andrew can go back in time! At time 4:11, you can see he has the 3D falloff preset. You know, tutorial 80 that just came out...

:P
Dory Breaux
11/19/2008
E Lancelot:

No, because if you try to conform 29.976fps to 24 or 23.976fps, AE doesnt remove any frames, it simply makes the playback rate slower, so its technically the same effect as adding 30fps footage to a 24fps playback for the slowmo look.

Bottom line, AE doesnt change the source framerate, it changes the playback framerate and therefore the playback speed.
E Lancelot
11/03/2008
Andrew Kramer, I've got some questions for you, my friend.

Couldn't you just drop some footage into a pre-made composition that already has the desired fps change?

Wouldn't the footage have to conform to the comp's frame rate?

Jozef
09/18/2008
Can you please upgdate the preset for SC3
djaqib
08/08/2008
hi andrew can you plz plz update the preset for CS3...i really need this tutorial plz or anyone else can tell how to convert pal clip to ntsc just a small clip of 10 sec i am not talkin about whole dvd
Francesco
07/27/2008
O, great Andrew! Your people needs an updated version of thy preset!!!
Josh Okecho!
07/26/2008
Hi Andrew, i really love your work. Very much!
Just wondering whether you are able to do some handson training to some friends of mine...(am talking business),
May be you can think of a holiday in a small African country called Uganda - probably next summer!...thats just a suggestion...am open to yours! I'll be grateful when u don't hang this up the wall. Ciao.
Josh Okecho!
07/26/2008
Hi Andrew, i really love your work. Very much!
Just wondering whether you are able to do some handson training to some friends of mine...(am talking business),
May be you can think of a holiday in a small African country called Uganda - probably next summer!...thats just a suggestion...am open to yours! I'll be grateful when u don't hang this up the wall. Ciao.
Larry S. Evans II
07/24/2008
@ Sean Harper, the frame rate is only a very small part of the "film look". I've been striving for similar results for many years, and the chief answer I get from pros and semi-pros is "first shoot like film". Film has a number of factors that make it look very different from video. The one's I hear most often are depth of field; "flatness" of the image, and film grain. AE produces a great film grain (if you can wait a week) or you can use the fast film grain tutorial here to get some of the look. Depth of field can be faked, but it's really best to try and shoot it if you can (your camera may need to go on "manual" mode to get at these settings). The flatness sort of follows along with using depth of field, in combination with some color grading. A lot of what you can get depends on the options your camera supports. Most consumer cameras made in the last ten years will give you some basic manual options like focus and aperture (f-stop). It takes some practice to get it right, and when you go off of auto you inevitably come up against issues with lighting and camera stability and a dozen other factors that weren't there before. But if you want a film look, you can get it with some work.
Larry S. Evans II
07/23/2008
@ Sean Harper, the frame rate is only a very small part of the "film look". I've been striving for similar results for many years, and the chief answer I get from pros and semi-pros is "first shoot like film". Film has a number of factors that make it look very different from video. The one's I hear most often are depth of field; "flatness" of the image, and film grain. AE produces a great film grain (if you can wait a week) or you can use the fast film grain tutorial here to get some of the look. Depth of field can be faked, but it's really best to try and shoot it if you can (your camera may need to go on "manual" mode to get at these settings). The flatness sort of follows along with using depth of field, in combination with some color grading. A lot of what you can get depends on the options your camera supports. Most consumer cameras made in the last ten years will give you some basic manual options like focus and aperture (f-stop). It takes some practice to get it right, and when you go off of auto you inevitably come up against issues with lighting and camera stability and a dozen other factors that weren't there before. But if you want a film look, you can get it with some work.
Sean Harper
07/22/2008
Andrew, I really need help! Your tutorial may or may not have saved my projects but I'm not sure yet.

I'm trying to give my footage that film like look to them that 24p offers but my camera can film at only 30 fps or (60i) and I want to make the video look like a real film instead of this crappy backyard look that I have going. But after I finally exported and rendered it out with it set to 24frames per second it looked like nothing changed:(

What did I do wrong here?
Min Lee
07/18/2008
Now...if you can convert 30FPS to like, let's say...300FPS, that'd be awesome haha. Cause that'd save me a lot of money.

This way I can record my friend jumping on a trampoline...in super slow motion!
Chase
07/17/2008
Does the preset not work with CS3? Whenever I changed the target frame rate value, the actual frame rate value changed to the given value as well.
ambadas sapar
07/15/2008
its Good toturials & Footages,
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David
04/28/2008
this is such a big question these days with the need to remove pulldown on a lot of consumer cams recording in 24p, that i think a new elaborate tutorial for CS3 would be nice.
Andy
04/12/2008
Hey, thanks for the tutorial, its fantastic. But the only question I have is this- What would the appropriate settings be to export/render the video? I converted my footage to 23.976 fps.

Thanks
Andres
03/23/2008
THANK U ! VERY HELPFUL !
John
03/19/2008
@ Jason: Most likely you've just placed the preset onto your clip. All of the effects are selected at that point, so any change you make to one changes the others, too. Just deselect the effects, then click again on one of the slider values to change it.
Jon
02/04/2008
The problem is not with his preset, I just created the preset on my own and it crashes CS3. It appears to be a bug in CS3. So unless there is a workaround using alternate methods, he won't be releasing an updated preset that works in cs3.
Kim W
02/02/2008
I'm looking for the preset for CS3 to. Please andrew give the updated preset.
Iván Fuentes
12/28/2007
Hi!

If you have no lossless codecs installed (like Lagarith, Cineform, etc), your best choice would be to export as image secuence... JPEG, or better (but bigger) TIFF, which with LZW compression isn't that huge, and looses no quality.
CaMareo
12/18/2007
Good tutorial, but could one possibly convert the Action Movie Essentials presets (defaulted @ 30fps) to 24p???
Chris
11/26/2007
If I'm converting 29.97 to 24p, what are the proper export/render settings? Also, if I'm going to take this footage into Premiere Pro, what should my project settings be? I have assumptions on all these questions but I think I may be wrong somewhere along the line.

Love the tutorials! Thanks a bunch
Luv
11/26/2007
Is it possible to get a CS3 version?
Tom
11/24/2007
I'd also like to know the answer to Dan's question about what happens to the audio when converting these clips? and is you have CS3 compatible presets yet?

Thanks

Tom
Anthony
11/13/2007
Hello,

Just watched your clip on FPS conversion. It mentioned that the presets were available for download, but I can't find them. Where might they be??

Thanks for the great work!

AM
Jason
10/01/2007
One question. When I place the preset over my footage and try to set the actual frame rates and target frame rates, they stay in sync. When I change one value, the other one changes along with it. Any way to get past this?
Dan
09/30/2007
So when converting footage from 30 to 24p how is the audio handled? Eventually, will there be a problem of sync issues.
Arek
09/19/2007
Lol Andreww man... luv the jokes man
Kevin Dooley
09/17/2007
Any update on this for CS3? I'm trying to use the original preset, but it keeps crashing AE CS3.