How to capture video at a higher frame rate with iPhone 6

With the iPhone 6, Apple decided to let users choose how they wanted their videos to be recorded: either 30 FPS or 60 FPS. Cory Bohon shows you how to change this option and what it all means.

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By default, iOS captures video at a standard 30 frames per second (FPS), and this allows for very nice video. However, you can enable a setting to double this frame rate to even smoother video than before, captured right on your iPhone. Let's take a look at how to change this setting and exactly what this setting does.

To change the video capture mode to 60 FPS instead of the standard 30 FPS, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Navigate to the Photos & Camera options
  3. Locate the setting for Record Video at 60 FPS
  4. Enable this option using the switch to the right of the label (Figure A)

Figure A

Figure A

Record Video at 60 FPS.

With this option enabled, your iPhone will begin to record all videos in the built-in camera app at a whopping 60 frames per second. You will record the video using the standard method of recording inside of the Camera app—this setting will not change the default recording feature of other apps. When you use the default Camera app for iOS, you will see 64 FPS at the bottom of the screen while recording (Figure B).

Figure B

Figure B

You'll see 64 FPS at the bottom of the screen.

60 FPS video will be noticeably smoother than 30 FPS videos, because there are more still shots making up the video file. Video sites like YouTube and Vimeo already have support for the higher frame rate videos, allowing you to upload them to these sites and let users view them with at the higher frame rate.

During playback of the video at 60 FPS, you'll notice a significant quality improvement, as the iPhone will be capturing 60 still frames every second to compose the video file. However, using this setting will significantly increase the video file size.

If you find the video files are taking up too much space, you can disable this option by re-opening Settings | Photos & Camera and then disabling the option for Record Video at 60 FPS.

Which video capture mode do you prefer on your iOS device? Let us know in the discussion thread below.

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About Cory Bohon

Cory Bohon is an indie developer specializing in iOS and OS X development. He runs a software company called Cocoa App and is also a developer at MartianCraft. He was introduced to technology at an early age and has been writing about his favorite te...

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