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What’s the Best Frame Rate and Shutter Speed for Sports Video?

This post explains why frame rate and shutter speed are so important when it comes to capturing sports video and makes suggestions for the optimum settings. It's part of our series on sports live streaming.

If you’re in the videography space, you know that producing sports video is unlike anything else. There’s more movement and intense action, meaning that there’s more to miss if you’re not shooting the games correctly.

This post dives into two important factors to keep in mind when filming sports games: frame rate and shutter speed.

Frame Rate

Frame rate, as the name suggests, is the frequency at which frames in a video sequence are shown.

The industry standard in regards to filmmaking is 24FPS (frames per second). Though 24FPS may be great for mediums like movies and television shows, it’s hardly the maximum rate that the human eye can see. And it’s definitely too slow for a sports game.

Higher frame rate means that more frames are being created per second. Naturally, that means that you can capture more of the action and have a smoother shot.


When it comes to sports, 60FPS is the way to go. Not only will it provide your viewers with a better experience, but filming at this higher frame rate will also let you freeze your video and watch it in slow motion when you’re reviewing tape.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is the time for which a shutter is open at a given setting. In other words, it’s the amount of time that the camera’s sensor is exposed to light. Movies are often captured at a 1/48th shutter.

Just like with frame rates, however, the shutter speed that captures footage for cinema isn’t optimal for sports broadcasting.

When it comes to filming sports games, a fast shutter speed is best, as slow ones will make your video look too blurry and miss a lot of the action.  Aim for a shutter speed of 1/120th.

When paired with a 60FPS frame rate, the sports footage you capture will be crisp, clear, and ready for your viewers. 

Final Thoughts + Further Reading

Here's an in-depth guide on shutter speed if you are looking to understand the concept from a photographer's perspective.

Frame rates and shutter speeds are not the only factors you need to take into consideration with sports live streaming. Here are a few other posts you might find helpful:

The Equipment You Need to Add Announcer Audio to Your Live Sports Streams

How to Add Graphic Overlays to Your Live Stream 

The Best Camera Angles for Every Sport


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