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Checking the Frame Rate

As long as your movie has a video track, you can always check to see how many frames per second are playing and how many frames per second are contained in the movie—regardless of whether you’re playing a movie at normal speed, fast-forwarding or fast-reversing it, or playing all frames.

To check the frame rate:

1.
From the Window menu, choose Show Movie Info (Figure 3.26).

Figure 3.26. To check the frame rate, choose Window > Show Movie Info to open the Movie Info window.


2.
If the triangle to the left of the words More Info is pointing to the right, click it so that it points downward and displays additional information.

You’ll see lines labeled Movie FPS and Playing FPS. Movie FPS is the average number of frames per second (fps) contained in the track. When you play the movie, Playing FPS represents the actual number of frames per second being played (Figure 3.27).

Figure 3.27. Click the triangle next to More Info to show technical details, including frame rate. Movie FPS shows the average number of frames per second contained in the movie; Playing FPS shows the number of frames per second that are actually being played.


Note that Playing FPS is an estimate: If a movie has a changing frame rate, it sometimes takes a while for the display to catch up with the action.


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