March 2, 2016 at 3:12PM


24fps and 30fps

I know what you're thinking, another one of these 24 or 30 fps debates.

But mine might be different as I haven't found a discussion on this yet.

The director/producer wants a documentary fit for TV broadcast and film festival, so need to have a version for 24 and 30fps. I think.

From what I've read so far, it's better to go from 24 to 30 instead of 30 to 24 because of the lost info from the frames causing a stutter.

So, if you have to provide 24 and 30 fps, which would you primarily film with?


There's going to be stutter or judder one way or another. Everybody knows you have to pick one format, and many who receive content are prepared to deal with that already-made choice. So you have to decide first: are you making a film or a video product? Make that choice, and then let the second banana be the second banana.

BTW, here is a list of content requirements from a wide range of broadcast, network, and distribution providers. You can see that there's a lot more to the puzzle than just 24fps vs. 30fps. But you can also see that many, many, many of them are perfectly prepared to receive a properly mastered 24fps product and broadcast it at whatever frame rate they implement. Here's the list:

March 2, 2016 at 6:16PM


Use 24p.

For TV they can slow it down to 23.976 and then apply a 3:2 pull down to get to 29.97. Happens will all 24p movies that are televised unless they mess up and duplicate frames.

March 2, 2016 at 6:21PM

Cary Knoop

Thanks, Michael and Cary.

March 3, 2016 at 7:00AM, Edited March 3, 7:00AM

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Tom Lim

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