Gamers have been debating on 30 FPS and 60 FPS in games for a long time. Some latest games have been locked to 30 FPS but other games don’t have frame lock. This lets them go up to any possible frame rate. Normally most monitors work at 60 Hz and 60 FPS games work fantastic on them. Lately, YouTube released a new update to support 60 FPS videos. This is a new experience after support to 4K video support.
We have always been recording videos and watching them at 30 or 24 FPS normally. Just a week ago we got the chance to use LG G2. So, we recorded our new welding video at 1080p in 60 FPS. It was our first experience with such a high frame rate. In our experience it is amazing. For the first time, it might seem like unnatural but slowly it looks smoother.
High frame rate games are amazing and same way high frame rate videos are also amazing. The first thing we might need to know is that high frame rate videos record more frames which means more data. This means we get smoother videos than normal but the files are bigger. There are quite a lot of benefits from such videos. One benefit is that we can get better slow motion if we drop the frame while editing.
FPS and High Frame Rate Experience
FPS stands for frames per second and the abbreviation simply gives the meaning. The number of frames is the number of pictures that comes rapidly in succession to create a sense of motion due to the relative change in position and coordinates of any polygon or object. In a traditional 30 frames per second video, thirty frames or pictures are displayed in one second. In the case of 60 fps video, it is double pictures amount of frames. This causes a big difference in experience.
Well, we have been watching movies and videos at 24 FPS till now so our eyes are used to them. Most people define it as a cinematic experience. When recording at high frame rate we found that the captured moments were passing a lot faster because we were recording double frames. The biggest benefit is that more details are recorded. Watching the video in slow mode gives better moment capture and detail. 60 frames per second videos record double amount of frames so playback is very smooth. The speed can be reduced to get a slow-motion effect as well.
Cameras and Playback
We have our first 60 FPS video on our YouTube channel. This is about our Arc Welder and it was recorded using LG G2. It is fantastic and it is sure we will see higher frame rates in the future. This does require a better processor, more resources and good camera sensor.
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Currently, there are very few devices that support such recording. Even Google Chrome is the only browser that allows such playback on YouTube. Many tech enthusiasts are liking this new video format and it is surely going to be picked by many smartphone makers. In our tests, we saw many new things.
Obviously, the file sizes are bigger by a lot. They are pleasant to watch though. One main difference between 30 FPS and 60 FPS video is that we require a high power camera and processor. One thing to notice is that phones camera tend to get hotter during the recording of high frame videos. We also need a powerful processor and high-speed memory. Cameras require high-speed SD card and phones need faster storage.