Frame rate conversion for better playback

If you want your video to look good, it’s critical to use the video codec that’s right for your content and the screen it will play on. A video frame rate converter ensures your videos look good wherever they play. Get Descript’s all-in-one video editing software as a free download and start encoding your work for the best playback.

Customize frame rate videos using Descript

Creating a smaller video file is key for making social videos. Higher frame rate videos are great for watching sports, nature documentaries, insurance commercials, or anything where you want to see every detail in high-definition or slow motion. But those are a huge video files that won’t play on some devices, that will load very slowly, and that take up tons of your storage. Before changing your image quality with video bitrate conversion, consider cutting extra frames that viewers won’t notice when watching on iPhones or Android phones. Descript lets you choose bitrate conversion or reducing frame rate — so you can do what’s best for your video.

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How to change the frame rate of a video

Step 1

After you've created a new project, you can add videos to your workstation by dragging and dropping. Descript works with most video files, so mix AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV, FLV, etc., as you please.

Step 2

Hover your mouse over the playback window to reveal the "Video settings" button in the top right corner. Select from the options in the drop-down menu to change the settings for video frame rate, orientation, or aspect ratio.

Step 3

With your video playing at your frame rate of choice, press the “Share” button and select “Export.” You can publish it directly to your YouTube channel or send it to your hard drive as an MP4. Lastly, you can set your video’s quality and dimensions.

Customize frame rate videos using Descript

Creating a smaller video file is key for making social videos. Higher frame rate videos are great for watching sports, nature documentaries, insurance commercials, or anything where you want to see every detail in high-definition or slow motion. But those are a huge video files that won’t play on some devices, that will load very slowly, and that take up tons of your storage. Before changing your image quality with video bitrate conversion, consider cutting extra frames that viewers won’t notice when watching on iPhones or Android phones. Descript lets you choose bitrate conversion or reducing frame rate — so you can do what’s best for your video.

Download the app →

Make videos from start to finish with Descript

Non-destructive

In legacy video editing software, editors had to make multiple copies of every video in order to undo their edits. You can skip that step in Descript, which keeps your entire original file and history in the cloud, so you can undo edits, restore cuts, and revert to previous versions as much as necessary.

Ultra-realistic text to speech voices

Descript’s Overdub lets you make realistic-sounding speech in various voices, just by typing. You can make a model of your own voice with Descript's AI, then use it to correct mistakes in your audio, add in new words, or even create scratch voiceover tracks just by typing.

Scale and position layers

On top of frame rate, you can optimize your video settings for social media by changing the video orientation. After creating a new frame, you can move and resize your video to make it fit or add videos on multiple layers. Then just rearrange the other visuals — title cards, captions, waveforms, shapes, and more — just by dragging them around the screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best frame rate for YouTube?

It depends on what you're uploading. Rates between 30 and 60 frames per second (fps) are standard for live footage; the latter is perfect for high-quality, slow-motion replay. However, if you want it to look cinematic, 24 fps is what we see at the cinema. Fun fact: In the old days, television looked different on either side of the Atlantic, because Europe and North America had distinct video formats. Europeans enjoyed higher-definition TV because their PAL system was 25 fps, while Americans had to make do with NTSC's 29.97 fps. The PAL system has more lines of resolution, so the quality is better.

Can I convert a 30 fps video to 60 fps?

If you want to, you can use Descript to increase your video’s fps. But it adds extra frames that shouldn’t be there, leaving you with larger file sizes and video that looks uncanny in playback. Instead, try using the 60 fps converter the other way and make the footage play at a lower, more cinematic frame rate.

Is frame rate conversion free with Descript?

You can change video frame rates using Descript's free video editing software for iOS and Windows for unlimited uploads. We'll even give you your first three hours of transcription free. To get an additional monthly 10 or 30 transcription hours, you can subscribe to the $12/month Creator or $24/month Pro packages. Reach out; we'll negotiate the Enterprise package with you, including a dedicated account representative, training, and onboarding.

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.