The mystery of Frame Rates

March 10, 2014

When considering buying a security camera system, the frame rate considered within the buying process is never really a big concern. Most consumers believe that everything they purchase has the basic functionality and look only at the camera type, quality, and etc. So why and where is the frame rate important? It all comes down to how much quality you'd like to see in your recorded videos. As you can probably imagine, higher frame rates will give you a better video feed. The higher frames per second will produce a smoother looking video file. You may already be asking, why anyone would record anything at a lower frame rate? If the best quality video recordings come from a higher frame rate, what is the purpose and benefit of recording at a lower frame rate? The answer is a lot simpler than you may think. More frames per second mean more images have to be taken. The increase in frames per second mean that more images are being captured, and as a result the video playback is smoother than that of lower frames per second. The increase in frames also means that more storage space will be taken. You can think of it this way. A box meant to hold binders can either be full of them or filled with one gigantic binder meant to hold everything there is. The box with many different binders and labels has been organized and arranged for efficiency and as a result produces a much quicker and easier way of obtaining information. The only downside is that the increase in binders has actually resulted in your box having less space. The box with simply one binder lacks organization and lacking in efficiency, but the amount of papers that you can fit in the box has substantially increased due to the left over space from not having separate binders. This scenario is no different from the situation of high frame rate vs low frame rate. The video footage taken at a higher frame rate will look smoother due to the multitude of images making the video but the file size will most likely be bigger. The video taken at a lower frame rate may be a bit choppy but the amount of video that can be stored and recorded will be much larger. Words are a bit confusing sometimes so here's a video we've made to show you the difference.