Frame Rates

Video is captured in frames per second (fps), and generally the two popular frame rates are 25fps and 30fps. Both are recognised as TV standard. In Europe and the UK we use the 50Hz PAL TV standard (Phase Alternating Line), which refreshes at a rate of 50 interlaced fields per second (i.e. 25 full frames per second). In North America they use the 60Hz NTSC standard (National Television System Committee) which plays at 29.97 interlaced frames per second. Capturing video at 30fps may not appear to play as smoothly as 25fps on a PAL system due to the refresh rate.

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