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What is FPS?

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FPS is the abbreviation for frames per second, simply put it is the number of images (frames) captured or shown in one second. FPS can relate to both capture (camera settings) as well as playback (editing timeline settings or display settings).

When the capture FPS and the playback FPS are identical this will result in real-time playback that features “normal” motion. If the capture FPS is higher than the playback FPS this will result in a slow-motion effect. If the capture FPS is lower than the playback this will result in a fast motion effect or in extreme cases a time-lapse effect.

Most movies and television are shot and played back at 24 or 25 FPS.