Examples of How Different Frame Rates Are Used
Film is especially flexible in that it can be photographed and played back with a diverse
range of speeds. Some examples are:
Â 1 frame per hour: Extreme time lapse photography.
Â 1 frame per minute: Time lapse photography and stop motion animation.
Â 18 frames per second: Early motion picture films.
Â 24 frames per second: Worldwide standard for movie theater film projectors.
Â 48 frames per second: Slow motion photography (because it takes twice as long to
play back in a 24 fps projector, the motion is twice as slow).
Â 300+ frames per second: High speed cameras for very slow motion photography
(often used for miniatures to make models seem larger on screen).
Â 2500+ frames per second: Very high speed cameras for special effects such as
pyrotechnic photography and explosions.