Troy Video Marketer Explains HD, Ultra HD, and Frame Rates

Hey there and welcome to another episode of Tips & Tech Talk. I am your host Ron, a video marketer in Troy, Michigan. Today we’re talking about HD, Ultra HD, and frame rates. So I’m always amazed at how often these terms are thrown around, but how infrequently people truly understand what they mean. So what is HD? What is 4K? What is Ultra HD? That’s what I’m here to explain.

So I have a TV here. Not a real TV, but to give you an example of what the difference is between 720, 1080, and 4K. I’m using this little fake mock television. So you’re watching a TV. This is your screen. If you’re watching 720HD, you’re seeing 720 pixels creating your image that you’re watching. If you have 1080HD, inside your screen you’re seeing 1,080 pixels. And if you’re looking at 4K, 4,096 pixels is what makes up your picture. So why is 4K better than 1080? Well, because you have 4,000 pixels as opposed to 1,080. More pixels, more information resulting in a crisp and better picture.

So that explains HD and UltraHD. What about frame rates? Standard rule of thumb if it’s for television or if it’s for social media, more times than not, other than YouTube, it’s 30 frames per second. Films, movies, the stuff you see on the big screen, all those are captured at 24 frames per second. Not captured, but published. Now, you might have heard terms like 60 frames per second and 120 frames per second. Why do I need 120 frames per second if I’m only publishing at 30 frames per second? What the frames per second means is that when you’re watching one second of video you’re actually seeing 30 pictures, 30 frames per second. That’s why they call it motion pictures, because it’s a bunch of pictures going right after each other.

So if you’re watching something on the big screen, or YouTube, it’s likely 24 frames per second. If it’s on Facebook, Vimeo, or anywhere else on television it’s most likely 30 frames per second. So for example, if you want to publish something at 30 frames per second, and you want some slow motion, you record it at 60 frames per second, and you can take that piece of video and slow it down by 50%. If you’re recording at 120 frames per second, you can slow that video clip down to 25%. And still get some silky smooth video. There you have it.

There’s a brief explanation of both HD, Ultra HD, and frame rates. So if you liked this video please like it. Share it with your friends. Go to my YouTube channel. Hit the bell icon as well. You’ll be notified when I make future videos. And of course, if you want to see a lot more of my work, you can go to my website Thanks for watching. We’ll see you next time right here for another episode of Tips &Tech Talk. So long.

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