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Be My PAL

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Here’s a super-fun post about frame rates! I think you’ll want to read this one to your friends when you get a chance, it’s that riveting.

So, I could bore you with a list here in the blog, or you can go bore yourself by checking out this wikipedia article on Frame Rate. Once you’ve memorized all the frame rates and their differences, I’d like to talk about PAL.

PAL is, among other things, a video standard that plays at 25 frames per second. For those of you here in North America, that’s not what you’re used to. You probably shoot in 29.97fps or 23.98fps, or if you’re shooting film, 24fps. So how the heck, if you need to provide some content to Europe, and they’re asking for PAL, do you get 25 fps?

Solution 1: Shoot your video with a camera that can shoot 25fps. Then set up your editing timeline in 25fps. Then do your final output as 25fps. This solution works the best. Know what your end product is, and start from the beginning with that goal in mind.

Solution 2: Transcoding. There are a whole mess of frame rates you could have shot in, and a whole mess of software tools you can use to output the files. Here’s one example from CreativeCow about converting 23.98 to 25fps. And here’s a great thread on 29.97 NTSC to 25 PAL

Knowing the specs of the footage you start with is the first step in knowing the best practices to convert it to PAL. And knowing where you’re going is the best way to know where to start.

Soon, you and 25 frames per second will be the best of PALs.

Meme E

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