December 16, 2016 at 11:41AM

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Should I Produce at 30fps If I Shot At 24fps?

I shot a lot of footage at 24fps and 1/50th for the "cinematic" look.

Is it ok to produce it at 24fps if I plan on uploading to youtube and vimeo?

I have heard that youtube and vimeo will just "convert" the movie to 30fps automatically anyway, so they told me that I should just produce it at 30fps.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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You should upload the most preferred format for your media. And you should trust YouTube to do all sorts of processing magic so that everybody gets, as much as possible, the best experience from whatever it is you upload.

If you shoot at 24 fps, then upload 24 fps. If YouTube and Vimeo create a 30fps version or a 25 fps version from that for a user who cannot accept 24 fps but can accept 25 fps, they will get a version that works for them. And its no worse than if you did that conversion yourself. But if you convert 24 fps to 30 fps, then upload *that*, you are handing a degraded video to YouTube that will be further degraded when YouTube creates a 24 fps version from your 30 fps version. Or it will be really whack when YouTube tries to create a 25 fps version from the 30 fps version that was shot in 24 fps.

December 16, 2016 at 12:53PM

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Thank you so much Michael for explaining that to me. I will go ahead and produce it at 24fps and hope that the powers that be at youtube / vimeo take care of the rest.

December 16, 2016 at 3:26PM

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Cheers! Welcome to NFS!!

December 16, 2016 at 4:45PM

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You heard wrong, YouTube and Vimeo respect the original fps.
And 24p is absolutely fine.

December 18, 2016 at 2:57PM

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