I recently had a discussion with my friend who has a job in the media field, and he is shooting and doing things right, however it got me thinking that I never posted my post about shooting in 24p. He is not shooting in 24p, thank goodness, but so many people are; people who have no idea what 24p is. Only about .00000001% of the people out there should actually be using the 24p feature on their cameras; however every kid on YouTube thinks that shooting in 24p makes them a professional now at “Film Making.” Please, STOP! To understand why you shouldn’t shoot in 24p, let’s first define what the different framerates and resolutions are.
- Standard NTSC SD Resolutions = 480i, 480p
- Standard NTSC SD Framerates = 60i, 60p, 30p
- Standard NTSC HD Resolutions = 720p, 1080i, 1080p
- Standard NTSC HD Framerates = 60i, 30p
Now, you notice that I did not list 24p above, even though it is an option on pretty much every HD consumer and professional camera out there. Well, I hate to break it to you, especially those of you who used it as a deciding-factor in buying the model camera you did…”24p” is just a marketing gimmick. Unless you are going to transfer your footage to film, for theatrical release or inclusion in a professionally done hollywood film or BluRay production line, then 24p is useless. In addition to not gaining anything by doing this, you actually are loosing quality, since you have 6 frames per second that you are sacrificing, and could have, but are discarding at the shoot, so you can never go back and get that footage. There is no way to make 24p file look like it was filmed in 30p, so stop shooting in 24p. No, you are most likely NOT a film-maker, otherwise you wouldn’t need to have read this.