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How To Change FPS In After Effects - 8 SURPRISING Ways

In this guide we'll go over some of the ways to change the FPS of compositions and footage layers in Adobe After Effects.

January 13, 2023
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Change Framerate In After Effects Tutorial - What Is FPS?

Frame rate, or FPS (frames per second), is a measure of how many individual frames are displayed in a second of video. In Adobe After Effects, the frame rate is controlled in the Composition Settings dialog box. You can change the frame rate to match the frame rate of your source footage or to create a desired look or feel for your animation. A higher frame rate will result in a smoother and more fluid video, while a lower frame rate can give a more stylized or cinematic look. It's important to choose the right frame rate for your project, as changing it can have a significant impact on the final result.

How do I change the framerate of a composition in After Effects?

  1. Open your project in After Effects.
  2. Go to the Composition menu and select Composition Settings.
  3. In the Composition Settings dialog box, go to the Frame Rate drop-down menu and select the desired frame rate.
  4. Click OK to apply the changes.

Keep in mind that changing the frame rate of a composition can affect the overall timing and duration of your animations and effects. It's a good idea to preview your changes and adjust any keyframes or timings as needed.

Alternatively, you can also change the frame rate by selecting a composition in the Project panel and going to Composition > Composition Settings, or by right-clicking on a composition and selecting Composition Settings from the context menu.

How to convert footage to a different frame rate in After Effects?

How do I get 30 FPS to 60 FPS in After Effects? Follow these steps to convert the FPS of any footage in AE!

  1. Right-click the file in the file list and select "Interpret Footage" > Main.
  2. In the Interpret Footage dialog box, go to the Frame Rate drop-down menu and select the desired frame rate.
  3. Right-click the file again and choose "New comp from selection."
  4. The new composition will have the frame rate and length that you specified. You can then export this composition to create a video with the desired frame rate.

How to change frames to seconds in After Effects

To perform this conversion in After Effects, you can use the Timecode panel, which displays the current time in the composition as a combination of hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. To access the Timecode panel, go to Window > Timecode.

Alternatively, you can also use the Layer > Time > Time Remapping function to add keyframes to the layer's time remapping property, which allows you to stretch or compress the layer's timing over time. This can be helpful if you want to change the duration of a layer or the entire composition.

Best frame rate in After Effects

Depending on what type of video you're creating, the ideal framerate can vary from as low as 15FPS to 240FPS and beyond. We recommend 24 FPS for short films and movies. For YouTube videos, 30 FPS is most ideal, and for music videos and other types of content that requires plenty of movement and effects, you could even go up to 120 FPS and add in your own motion blur if necessary.

How to match the frame rate of a composition to the frame rate of your footage in After Effects

To match the frame rate of a composition to the frame rate of your footage in Adobe After Effects, follow these steps:

  1. Import your footage into After Effects by going to File > Import > File, or by dragging and dropping the footage into the Project panel.
  2. Select the footage in the Project panel and go to File > Interpret Footage > Main.
  3. In the Interpret Footage dialog box, go to the Frame Rate drop-down menu and select the option that matches the frame rate of your footage.
  4. Click OK to apply the changes.
  5. Create a new composition by going to Composition > New Composition or by right-clicking in the Project panel and selecting New Composition from the context menu.
  6. In the Composition Settings dialog box, go to the Frame Rate drop-down menu and select the option that matches the frame rate of your footage.
  7. Click OK to apply the changes.

Now, your composition will have the same frame rate as your footage, and you can edit and animate your footage within the composition using the tools and features of After Effects. Keep in mind that changing the frame rate of a composition can affect the overall timing and duration of your animations and effects. It's a good idea to preview your changes and adjust any keyframes or timings as needed.