What Is 24p Video?

The term 24p refers to 24 fps progressive-scan video. For film, this is nothing unusual, but for video, both progressive scanning and the 24 fps frame rate are still exciting new territory. Instead of building 24 fps video cameras that would be incompatible with established NTSC and PAL video equipment, some new camcorders make it possible to shoot 24p video while maintaining backward compatibility with NTSC or PAL equipment.

Some reasons to shoot 24p footage are:

Tip: When you shoot video at 24 fps, you need to avoid quick pans and tilts because they may cause the image to stutter. This is common knowledge for film cinematographers, but videographers new to 24 fps videography may not always be aware of this fact.

24 Versus 23.98 fps

Although the term 24p implies 24 frames per second, the value 24 is usually inaccurate, because most people working within NTSC standards actually shoot at a frame rate of 23.976 fps (commonly referred to as 23.98 fps). On the other hand, 24 fps footage transferred to PAL, as well as most film, is recorded at exactly 24 fps.

Although it may be easier to say “24p,” keep in mind that in some cases, such as during audio post-production, it’s critical to state the exact frame rate of your footage.