Starter Drone Pilot Tips: Frames Per Second Explained (FPS)
What’S going on guys build here and welcome back to another episode of starter drone pilot tips? Now today we’re gon na be talking about frames per second. This has been a prevalent topic in the community ever since the release of the DJI phantom 4 pro with the phantom 4 pro. We can now shoot at 4k in 60 frames per second, and this has caused a lot of people to ask the question as to what frames per second actually means to start things off: let’s go nice and slow and discuss some of the interchangeable vocabulary. Now, of course, we are talking about frames per second, but there are some other words that can be thrown into the mix.
That mean the same thing. First of all, we have the shorthand of frames per second, also known as fps. Next, we have a frame rate and finally, we have frame frequency. The definition of a frame rate is the frequency at which an imaging device displays consecutive images called frames. These are measured per second, thus, where we get the term frames per second.
The term frames per second is not limited to just film and video. We also see in computer graphics for certain applications, and we also see it in video gaming now as far as choosing how many frames per second that you want to shoot at, it can be tough, as it goes all the way from 24 frames per. Second, all the way up to a few thousand frames per second when you get into the higher end cameras. So let me explain to you a little bit about different scenarios where you want to use these different frame rates so, first off, let’s start with the bare minimum 24 frames per second, you may be thinking to yourself: that’s not a lot of frames per second, but Actually, this is what most movies are shot in, and this is what looks the most realistic to your eyes. So, whenever you’re, watching a movie in the theaters or on your TV, it’s always gon na come through at 24 frames per second moving along to 30 frames per second, this is pretty much the standard that most consumer level cameras will be able to shoot at.
So let’s say you have a smartphone a GoPro, a point shoot or DSLR chances are that that will be able to record in some form of HD, whether it’s 720p or 1080p in 30 frames per second, as far as drones are concerned, for the past couple of Years with the DJI phantom 4 and the DJI Matic Pro, we were able to record in 4k at 30 frames per second again. This is the standard. Next up, we have 60 frames per second, and this is usually found in higher end cameras. What this will allow? You to do is really analyze the motion of different objects.
If you look at footage from the new DJI phantom4 Pro shot in 4k at 60 frames per second you’ll know exactly what I mean. The object movement is super smooth and super buttery. For example, take a look at this clip flying over the skyline of Philly. If you take a look down at the bottom right at the cars moving you’ll see just how smooth it looks when shooting at 60 frames per second, you should also know that some sort of slow motion can be achieved. Although it’s very minimal, it will still look good if you slow down your Clips, obviously shot at 60 frames per second down to around half or 50 % climbing up the ladder we have frame rates of anywhere between 120 frames per second and 240 frames per second.
Now, with this, you can achieve slow-motion truce alone motion and the reason I chose these numbers is because, if you own an iPhone you’ll know that the slow motion, video setting can shoot at either 120 or 240 frames per second, you can also shoot up to 120 Frames per second with the DJI phantom4 line of cameras, shooting at 1080p, of course, you’re not able to shoot at 120 frames per second in 4k. Just yet now, this high of a frame rate should only be used for slow motion video when you want to see an object moving, you don’t want to shoot a regular video in this, as it won’t look real. Finally, we have any frame rate that is over 240. Now, if you guys are familiar, there is a channel on YouTube, titled, the slow mo guys and basically they do stuff. They pop balloons.
They he much do anything that comes to mind and they film it in slow motion anywhere up to 24,000 frames per second, I’ve seen a few videos ranging around that area and again this is used for super super super slow motion. You wouldn’t want to film an actual video in this, as the file size would be massive. Now you may be sitting here and wondering to yourself wow. I just listened to this kid ramble on for four minutes about frame rate. I just want to know which one I should use.
Well, don’t worry. I’Ve got you covered jumping over to the DJI phantom4 Pro interface. We’Re gon na take a look at the different video sizes. Now, first of all, we have 4k. Second of all, we have two point: 7 K.
Third, we have 1080p and fourth, we have 720p with both versions of 4k, the first being cinema 4k and the second being Ultra HD. We get four different frame rate options. We can choose 24, 30, 48 and 60 frames per second down to 2.7 K. We can choose again from 24, 30, 48 and 60 frames-per-second.
Now, when we jump down to 1080 P, we get a new option to shoot in 24, 30, 48, 60 of course, but now we can choose to shoot in 120 frames per second, when we jump down to 720p. We get these same exact options as 1080 P. So, finally, now that I have gone in depth about what framerate actually is, and after I’ve listed off all the different frame rates for each different video size, let’s talk about which one you should use now. First of all, as far as resolution goes, you should always be shooting in 4k. No matter what display you have, no matter what people are going to be watching in, I would always suggest shooting in 4k.
There are a few benefits this one of them. Being that your future proofing as in the future, I think that all displays will be 4k, and even if you do end up exporting in 1080p and uploading in 1080p, it will still look crisper with 4k enabled now moving along to the different frame rates. I have grouped these into two: we have 24 and 48 in one category and 30 and 60 in one category. Now, if you see half of 48 is 24, half of 60 is 30. Now our first category is going to be the 24 and 48 frames per second.
Now, if you are a more skilled drone pilot, I would suggest going with this as you’re going to achieve the most realistic. Looking footage. As I said in the beginning, all films are shot in 24 frames per second, because that’s what looks the most realistic now, the reason I would suggest shooting at 48 frames per second, is because if you want to slow the footage down by half you’ll be able To do so and still get that buttery smooth image jumping over to our second category. We have 30 and 60 frames per second, and this is what I would recommend to the average drone pilot now, of course, there’s not many professional cinematographers out there with their drone and they’re not going to be able to get that realistic-looking 24 frames per second video. So, in my opinion, I would shoot at 60 so that when you export at 30 and if you do end up needing to slow down some footage, the objects that are moving within the footage will look nice and smooth.
So there you guys have it. I hope you guys enjoyed definitely would like and subscribe if you’re new around here, as I have been trying to upload daily again. If you want my suggestion, I would say that the average person should be shooting at 4, whether it be cinema 4k or ultra HD. Both of them will look great and from there make sure you enable 60 frames per second, but anyway, that’s about it and I’ll talk to you later: peace, [, Music, ],