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  • silent film frame rates (and original look) in FCPX Project

  • Craig Seeman

    November 20, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Silent Films generally were 16fps or 18fps (and hand-cranked).

    BMPCC 4K and 6K can shoot at those frame rates (obviously in a 24fps “flagged” file and I want to ignore the flag).

    During that period, the projection frame rate was variable as well but not necessarily the modern talkie 24fps.

    I don’t see a way to create a 16fps timeline in FCPX, whereas Resolve support this and may go that route if there isn’t an FCXP workaround.

    So I’m wondering if there’s a way to create a 16fps Project. Perhaps shooting at 16fps and opening clip and editing within that if possible, suggestions?

    Otherwise, I might use 16fps clip in 24fps timeline and not speed adjust but that would mean duplicate frames if that might work, suggestions?

    Ultimately I want it to look like an “original” with original projection speeds for the period and not speed up to 24fps.

    I can certainly run tests but if someone has done this it would be good to know.

    If i were to describe a look it would be something shot on the commonly used Bell & Howell 2709 that dominated that period.

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