The Magic Behind FPS

The technology behind the way we view things on screen is ever evolving, becoming more and more in tune with reality and creating amazing experiences for viewers. Here at Cine2DVD we are always following these advances, eager to see where the future of video will take us and how we can apply it to your home videos. FPS is one such element of video advancement we are excited about.

But what is FPS and what are the advantages that it can bring to the home viewing experience?


What is FPS?

FPS (frames per second) is, simply, the frequency at which an imaging device displays consecutive frames. The term is used in relation to film or video cameras, computer graphics and motion capture systems alike.

Human vision takes the FPS in, but the untrained eye often will not notice the difference between 24 and 60 FPS in most cases. The resolution and temporal sensitivity of the human eye differs from person to person. Theoretically, human vision can process 1000 separate images at once, but at this stage it will appear to be nothing more than a blur. So, an optimum FPS must be reached to be perceptible to the human eye and maintain a high-quality viewing experience.


There are different speeds of FPS that we see on a daily basis, depending on the way that the video is filmed. A standard cine reel is around 18 FPS for example.

More common is 24FPS, which is the standard format for most televised programmes on television and in film. This has recently increased to 25 FPS on the standard PAL television, as this is much better for suited for progressive-scan output; such as LCD televisions, computer monitors and projectors.

Cinematic filming has taken to using a 30 FPS filming technique, due to the higher quality and cinematic nature of this frame rate. Recently, Peter Jackson used 48 FPS in the film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which received a mixed reception. The criticism from the audience was that it felt too lifelike, effectively ruining the suspension of disbelief needed to view the film. So, it seems as if a higher frame rate and more realistic experience is not always the desired outcome for audiences.

However, that is not the case in gaming. For many gamers, the more real the better, and as such 60 FPS is the desired output. This frame rate works well with the growing standard of 1080p50 resolution screens and the European Broadcasting Union considers this to be the best way to future-proof broadcast television. It recommends that companies upgrade their equipment to 50 or 60 FPS as a result.

Ultimately FPS is something which many people may never even notice; however, it is an important part of our viewing experience nevertheless.

So, if you want your cine memories to be brought up to speed then we are happy to help you. Viewing your old memories on DVD can be a great blast from the past, brought to your TV screen today.

To find out more about how we can help convert your cine film, please contact us on 0800 592433 and we will be happy to help.

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Looking back, summer always features in people’s fondest memories, so it’s only natural that you’d want to preserve these memories the best you can.


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Wedding Videos: Memories That Last a Lifetime

Weddings are very important and memorable events in our life. In the past, preserving those precious memories wasn’t as easy as it is now with modern technology. You might be thinking back to your own wedding and wishing you could show your children your wedding video to complement the beautiful photos you have.

As years go by and we age, our memories start to fade and the details become muddled. If your son or daughter is getting married soon, you might be feeling nostalgic and want to rewatch your own special day and show them how happy the event was.


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What Are Memories?

Picture the last time you went on holiday with your loved ones. You recall how high up in the sky the sun was, the beautiful scenery, and how relaxed you felt. The somewhat vivid imagery running through your mind is what we call a memory.

Your mind went through three processing stages so you could feel a sense of nostalgia for your vacation: encoding, when you received information; storage, when that information was recorded in your brain; and retrieval, when you just called back the stored memory of the delicious food you had during your vacation.

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Unearthing a Lost British Film

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These films are British, unfairly neglected, and long unavailable. The BFI picked Bedelia by Lance Comfort (1946), Mr Topaze by Peter Sellers (1961), and The Assam Garden by Mary McMurray (1985).

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