30fps vs. 60fps videos
I’ve just recently managed to move and have internet, but I’m still getting my room set up for recording, so it may be another day or two before work resumes on Freeman’s Mind, but I plan to get on it ASAP. In the meantime, I’ve received a bunch of messages asking whether I’ll be moving Freeman’s Mind and Ross’s Game Dungeon to 60fps now that Youtube supports it. The short answer is no for Freeman’s Mind and I don’t know yet for Game Dungeon. While doubling my framerate adds more time to making the videos and things more of a hassle all-round, I’m not trying to fight progress if the end results are truly better. I did some tests with 60fps and motion blur however and you can see the results yourself:
1. 180fps downsampled to 30fps (this is how Freeman’s Mind appears normally)
1280x720 MKV 30fps (7MB)
2. 360fps downsampled to 60fps (same technique as before, but with a higher framerate)
1280x720 MKV 60fps (8MB)
3. 180fps downsampled to 60fps (experimental mode using the same data as the original, but to a higher framerate)
1280x720 MKV 60fps (8MB)
I recommend watching all these videos in FULL SCREEN mode. While people will have different opinions on this, my take on 60fps is that it looks very cool in some situations, and is vomit-inducing in others. I’m someone who gets carsick easily, and the part where Freeman is spinning in this short test triggered a bit of nausea for me watching it at 60fps. It doesn’t help that Valve’s demo recording isn’t perfect and sometimes adds some twitchiness to the motion that wasn’t in the original gameplay. 60fps only amplifies that effect. It’s for these reasons that I don’t think moving Freeman’s Mind to 60fps would be a good idea, since Freeman isn’t known for having calm and controlled camera angles. It would make some sections look cooler, but would also make other sections look worse.
As for Game Dungeon, I haven’t decided yet and will have to do more experiments later. I think racing games might show the most benefit from running at 60fps, but anything involving twitchy camera motion I think could be a bad idea. Also, it could be the motion blur amplifies the nausea effect and games without it may look fine at 60fps. I think 60fps has potential, but for passive viewing, more care is needed with the camerawork in order for it to look good. For the record, this doesn’t mean I think GAMES don’t benefit from having 60fps or more, don’t believe any company that tells you that 30fps is better for gaming than 60fps unless it’s a special-case situation (like cutscenes). I have never played a GAME that felt worse at 60fps than at 30fps; but just like how I can get carsick riding in a car, I never get sick if I’m the one driving. It’s the same thing for games, you’re the one in control. With video watching, it’s not always a pleasing effect, and depends a lot on how the camerawork is being handled. Sorry if this disappoints anyone, but I have to go with what I think creates the best impact.
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ADHD version: Ross is not moving Freeman’s Mind to 60fps because it will make too many people barf. He did experiments and used science to determine this.