In ProShow 7, many of the video file export presets were retooled so that creating high quality video files from your slideshows is simple and consistent. Part of this retooling process included adding 60 frames-per-second presets where appropriate. Today I’m going to cover why you’d want to create a 60fps video file and tell you where you can find these options.
Broadcast television has always used the “60i” standard in the United States. This 60i – or 30 interlaced frames per second – gives you 60 unique points of time every second in order to create smooth motion, but the tradeoff is that you get half the vertical resolution for each of those points in time. Conversely, video files used on computers and streamed over the internet have most commonly used the “30p” standard, or 30 progressive frames per second. This means that there are only 30 unique points in time, but every point is the full vertical resolution.
True 60 frames-per-second video sacrifices neither smooth motion nor image resolution. For this reason, 60fps is quickly becoming the go-to standard for digital video.
MPEG-4 Video File
In ProShow Producer, the default MPEG-4 presets have a new 60fps option for 1080p and 720p. You can find this by going to Publish > Video for Web, Devices, and Computers. Note: MPEG-4 files can also be created in ProShow Gold with ProShow Devices Plug-in.
Quicktime Video File
Video for Archiving or Editing
The Video for Archiving or Editing presets should be used to create files of high enough quality that you can use them in another editor and re-encode without introducing significant generation loss. These presets are all 60fps, though you may find that some players struggle to play them. ProShow Gold requires the ProShow Devices Plug-in.
You’ll notice that 1080p60 and 720p60 options are available in the Quality drop-down menu when exporting to YouTube. At this point, most browsers have been updated automatically play the 60fps variants when watching a full screen video on YouTube.
Phones and tablets have historically had hard limitations on video frame rates, but the following Apple devices do support 60fps video: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, and iPad Mini (only 2nd and 3rd generation models). Each of these devices will have 1080p60 in the list of profiles.
Smooth Playback on Computers
Most computers should be able to play 1080p60 files, but will need enough horsepower from the processor and/or graphics card to play the files smoothly. The video player being used may also play a large role in how well these files play. Windows Media Player is often the safest bet, though the free VLC player does a good job too with 60fps video.