inSync FrameFormer for FCPX – Assists With Mixed Frame Rates

FrameFormer for Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) is a motion compensated standards conversion plug-in for FCP X and Motion. High quality motion compensated conversion guaranteed; preview your conversion results as you work.

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Why do I need motion compensated standards conversion? Can’t I just re-time the source content on the project timeline?

The simplest methods for frame rate conversion are generally unacceptable due to their poor motion performance. Re-timing a sequence of images to play back at a different frame rate will affect the speed of motion of the objects in the image, and will distort the audio associated with the video. In practice, such “off-speeding” is usually only applied to very small frame rate changes such as 23.976Hz to 25Hz, in situations where audio pitch can be more easily corrected with simple processing, and where the client is prepared to accept a 4% change in program length.

Conversion of 59.94Hz to 50Hz represents a 16% change, so off-speeding cannot be used as it would create grossly unnatural motion, highly significant audio pitch alterations, and a dramatic change in program length. For such conversions, very simple frame rate converters simply copy frames from input to output where the input and output presentation positions would be closely related in time, and skip (or duplicate) frames to maintain the required overall frame rate.

Frame copying with drop/repeat has many obvious drawbacks including unnatural and discontinuous motion, audio artifacts (where audio packets are lost or repeated at the frame skip/repeat), and corruption of metadata (e.g. closed caption packets would be lost or repeated). Therefore it is not recommended in professional video applications.

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