|Film; High Definition Video
|This is the universally accepted film frame rate. Movie theaters almost always use this frame rate. Many high definition formats can record and play back video at this rate, though 23.98 is usually chosen instead (see below).
|23.98 (23.976) FPS
|Film; High definition video with NTSC Compatibility
|This is 24 FPS slowed down by 99.9% (1000/1001) to easily transfer film to NTSC video. Many HD formats (some SD formats) can record at this speed and is usually preferred over true 24 FPS because of NTSC compatibility.
|PAL; HD video
|The European video standard. Film is sometimes shot at 25 FPS when destined for editing or distribution on PAL video.
|NTSC; HD video
|This has been the color NTSC video standard since 1953. This number is sometimes inaccurately referred to as 30 FPS.*
|HD video, early black and white NTSC video
|Some HD video cameras can record at 30 FPS, as opposed to 29.97 FPS. Before color was added to NTSC video signals, the frame rate was truly 30 FPS. However, this format is almost never used today.*
|PAL; HD video
|This refers to the interlaced field rate (double the frame rate) of PAL. Some 1080i HD cameras can record at this frame rate.
|HD video with NTSC compatibility
|HD cameras can record at this frame rate, which is compatible with NTSC video. It is also the interlaced field rate of NTSC video. This number is sometimes referred to as 60 FPS but it is best to use 59.94 unless you really mean 60 FPS.
|High definition equipment can often play and record at this frame rate but 59.94 FPS is much more common because of NTSC compatibility.