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Time Lapse: Which Speed Do You Prefer?

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Time Lapse Video Setup

Mike, I really like your videos and love the time lapse “but” find myself watching them and 1/2 speed… (Loren D., YouTube commenter)

Reader survey time!

I enjoy shooting time lapse videos. (Regular readers are saying “No kidding” right now.) As a photography geek, they’re easy for me to make, because each video starts as a series of pictures. I set the camera up, start the time lapse feature on my camera – one frame per second – and cook the recipe. When I’m done, I stack all the pictures together at 30 frames per second – each second of video is 30 seconds of real time. Then with some minor editing, I’m ready to publish. I can knock one out in an afternoon.

I like the results – the whole recipe is there to see, and the video is done in 90 seconds, quick enough to not get bored, especially during the “sauté the onions” step that always takes longer than I think it should. 1

How fast is too fast?

In the last week, a couple of people left the same comments: they like my time lapse videos…but they’re too fast, and they either slow them down, or go back over them multiple times to see what’s happening.

Can I ask everyone a favor? Watch the two following videos, and let me know: Which speed do you prefer: 24 frames per second, or 12 frames per second? I re-cut my last time lapse video, Pressure Cooker Ham and Yellow Split Pea Soup. I did it at two speeds. A little slower, 24 frames per second, and a lot slower, 12 frames per second.

Let me know in the comments – 12 or 24 fps? (Or email me, or tweet, or post on my Facebook wall – whatever it takes to get me the feedback.)

If you watch both all the way through, it will only take you 4 minutes and 26 seconds total…they are time lapses, after all. Thank you!

24 Frames Per Second

24fps Ham and Yellow Split Pea Time Lapse [YouTube.com]

12 Frames Per Second

12fps Ham and Yellow Split Pea Time Lapse [YouTube.com]

What do you think?

Like it slower, at 12 FPS? Or speed things up to 24 FPS? Tell me your preference in the comments section below.

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My other Pressure Cooker Time Lapse Videos


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  1. Ed Blanton says

    Oh, sorry I fell asleep during the last one. So I guess my vote is for 24 fps

  2. Cary Hill says

    Mike, in this particular video, 24 is best but there are other videos where you might be trussing a bird or de-boning something where a faster fps would not be as helpful.

  3. Margaret H. Paquette says

    For first-timers like me, 12 is best as it provides a sense of how long each step takes. Experienced cooks I suspect just want the facts …. quickly! I think it is easier to speed up the film than trying to stop it repeatedly & needing to back track it. So, 12 is DEFINITELY my vote. And thanks for asking!

  4. Marsh Lukens says


    I vote for 24fps. If we need to, we can pause, rewind & fast forward. Having to watch some of the processes at 12fps DRAGS ON……

    Mike, thanks for your awesome videos. Your recipes and great explanations ROCK!


  5. Louise Samson says

    12 FPS. Definitely.
    Sorry guys, I like to be able to read and make sure everything Is right.
    Merci et bravo, monsieur Vrobel! Thanks for all your experimenting, comment, and love of cooking.
    A cook from Montréal, Québec, Canada

  6. Melissa says

    12 FPS is my preference. I do appreciate all of your effort in producing these videos, Mike, and appreciate your asking about the speed, as well. Truthfully, after watching a few, I’d almost decided to pass on any future ones since they were just too fast for my taste.

  7. BrianF says

    I found your blog a couple weeks ago. I’ve watched several of your recipe vids and thought “nice; this guy doesn’t waste our time.” My vote is 30 fps, lol. I like making my meal choices by watching your vid, then print those I want to make. As a side note, I also admire that they are well-lit and beautifully color balanced.

  8. I prefer the 24 fps. I can easily pause & rewind if needed. The 12 fps is way too slow for me…I really don’t need to watch butter melt!

  9. What a trade off. I like the speed of 12fps but it definitely takes longer to watch. Nevertheless I like the 12

  10. Is 18 an option to split the difference? 🙂 I prefer the 12. It is only an extra minute of my life, I can spare that to make sure I get the nuances right.

  11. Jim DiCenzo says

    12FPS is my preference. 24 seems too fast
    I recently purchased an Insta Pot and have used a few of your recipes, being a dad that cooks dinner

  12. Barbara Bell in Alaska says

    Hi Mike – I have enjoyed many of your recipes – most recently the beef short ribs in the pressure cooker. Thank you.

    I vote for the faster framed video. 24. You do a nice job of putting the written subtitles down for a sufficient time while also speeding through the video piece. Overall either one is great but I prefer the faster version.

  13. Razzy 7 says

    Definitely 24 fps. Why? Because your written instructions for recipes are excellent and include lots of detail for making that recipe. If there’s any question, one can look at a quick video review at 24 fps. However, I I suspect most of us who will make your recipes, just need to have the written recipe and instructions for making it. In this day and age when we’re all so busy, I suspect most of us don’t learn to make a recipe by watching a video. It just takes too much time. For that rare time when there’s a question, we might watch a quick video.

  14. Debbie says

    I prefer 12 FPS. I think it’s easier to fast forward if you want to skip something than to constantly be backing up to view something that’s going by too quickl.

  15. 12 FPS, which gives me time to read the description. 24 FPS makes me hyperventilate.

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