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Quest for 24 FPS on Netflix

In the movie theater, projectors display 24 frames per second (FPS). Film purists love to watch their movies at home the same way. TV Shows, on the other hand, are typically filmed at 30 FPS. As a result, for a long time, most TVs were only set up to handle only 30 FPS and films were converted to video to be compatible. The conversion process is known as 3:2 or 2:3 pull down. Basically, this process figures out a way to elegantly fill in the missing frames when going from 24 to 30 FPS. DVD players applied this process on-the-fly for TVs that couldn’t handle the film’s native frame rate. The problem is that the conversion to 30 FPS introduces a slight jerkiness when the camera pans across a scene. This is also known as “judder.” If you’re not looking for it, you may not even notice it.

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