iOS 8 (Settings, Photos and Camera, 60FPS video)

Announced four months ago at the VidCon conference, the Internet giant Google a few days ago began rolling out support for playback of YouTube videos recorded in 48 and 60 frames per second (FPS).

This is great news for both video creators and Apple fans, who can now upload their silky smooth 60FPS footage captured on their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to YouTube.

For those who have been sleeping under the rock, the new iPhones are capable of capturing full HD (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) footage at either 30 or 60 frames per second, depending on your preference set in Settings > Photos & Camera.

And with YouTube officially accepting 60FPS uploads, your high frame rate footage gets a treatment it deserves.

If you haven’t shot any 60FPS video on your iPhone 6 yet, do it now — I guarantee you’ll be amazed how smooth it plays back without any stutter, no matter how fast you pan the camera.

“We’re starting to roll out video support for 48 and even 60 frames per second,” informs a notice on YouTube. High frame rates can make motion-intense videos “even more awesome,” as per Google.

I couldn’t agree more.

Before we get to it, a few caveats.

For starters, you must watch the high frame rate clips I embedded in this article in 720p resolution or higher: choosing a lower resolution than 720p or 1080p won’t make the video play at 60FPS.

YouTube (60FPS option, image 001)

Next, YouTube is not delivering high frame rate video to mobile for the time being. As a result, youneed to watch these videos in a desktop browser which supports HTML5 video, such as Chrome and Safari for the Mac.

Here’s Titanfall gameplay footage at 60FPS.

How’s that for fluidity?

You should be able to clearly see how a higher amount of frames actually catches a lot more of the objects movement.

And this is the VGHS Season 2 trailer in 48 FPS. Again, watch these clips in desktop Chrome or Safari and switch the resolution to either 720p or 1080p in order to enable high frame rates.

You should also check out the following multiplayer trailer for Battlefield Hardline in the glorious sixty frames per second.

And Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze in 60FPS, no stuttering whatsoever despite the game being side-scrolling action.

This is Mario Kart 8 in 60FPS.

And the last example: Skyrim.

Oh, and if you’re a fan of Jeff’s jailbreak work, here’s his video walkthrough of the Aeternum jailbreak tweak in 60FPS, of course!

I must admit, after watching iOS’s transitions and animations reproduced in 60FPS, without any noticeable loss of quality or as much as a faint stutter, I no longer wish to go back to watching 30FPS footage.

Watching these clips has made me realize how glad I am to see YouTube stepping up to the plate because the wait was definitely well worth it. As you can imagine, the search firm is showing off the new 48 and 60FPS functionality on YouTube.

However, only three high frame rate videos were listed in Google’s playlist at post time so best thing you check back in a few days when more 48 and 60FPS footage gets featured.

So what’s the story behind frame rates?

In a nutshell, while most camcorders capture video at standard thirty frames per second for that cinematic feel, 48FPS video is commonly used in HFR (High Frame Rate) live-action footage, in addition to a handful of Hollywood movies like The Hobbit.

The sixty frames per second option is even better, especially for recording video game action. In most cases, graphics-intensive games like first-person shooters and action titles on consoles run at 60FPS.

And it just so happens that the vast majority of consumer LCD monitors refresh the screen sixty times per second, meaning that 60FPS games are best poised to deliver the illusion of smooth movement on LCDs.

Keep in mind that YouTube controls which clips appear at 60FPS.

Therefore, your high frame rate uploads may not necessarily qualify for 48 or 60FPS playback. Because the feature is currently in beta, it does make sense that Google would only enable 48 and 60FPS options for “motion intense” footage.

For the full explanation of the differences between 30 and 60FPS, may I suggest checking out 30vs60.com?

As a reminder for YouTube creators out there, Google in June delivered the free YouTube Creator Studio app which lets you manage your YouTube channel, access analytics, edit metadata for uploaded video and more, all from your mobile device.

So, how do you like 60FPS video on YouTube?

Were you able to notice the difference and are you looking forward to 60FPS kitten clips?

  • Jad Boukai

    Coolest Beans

    • Cody

      Ranch Style homie!

  • ThoseCurves

    How about a freaking option to play HD on Cellular ? punk ass

    • Mr.Coolfreak

      There are a lot of jailbreak tweaks for that

      • ThoseCurves

        I know.. but since iOS 8 i have decided not to jailbreak anymore..

      • Jordan Agaran Riley

        Not even a jailbreak tweak. Mctube is an app right off the app store that lets you download videos and you can choose which quality you can watch it at regardless of wi-fi

      • regkilla

        It doesn’t let you download videos anymore but you can still set the resolution in the app.

    • Jad Boukai

      I’m pretty sure it is now

      1) Open up YouTube
      2) Access the Dashboard on the left (Where it has “My Subscriptions” & “What to Watch”
      3) Press the Settings button at the top
      4) Switch off the “Play HD on Wi-Fi only”

      • ThoseCurves

        No Sh!t, i didn’t know that ! thanks Pal !! but it would still be better to let us choose the resolution

      • Jad Boukai

        No prob, and true true

  • Silv

    What’s after 60FPS? Will the PS5 have games that output 4K120FPS?

    • Honestly, you don’t need games to run above 60fps because you won’t see much of a difference.

    • Pooathon

      If the PS5 comes out in 10 years and TVs adopt 120fps as a standard, then most likely yes.

  • James G

    This would be great; if it didn’t require I authenticate with Google+ in order to post. I would love to upload more stuff to YouTube but they put too many hurdles in front of me.

    I’m not an Android user, I don’t want a Google account. So, I don’t upload to YouTube.

  • Jordan Agaran Riley

    Finally!!! I wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen!

  • Similarly, YouTube also now supports and plays 4K video 😀

    • Chris

      They’ve had support for 4K since late July if my memory is correct.

      • Oh for real? Well I’ll be darned, I did not know that. Ha!

    • Twinz

      What? YouTube has had 4K video for ages….

  • Jordan Stevens

    Too bad YouTube can’t load even a 16 second clip. Worst video player ever.

    • Kelvin Lieu

      I have to agree with this. Does anyone have issues with loading videos, in general, with the YouTube app? At times I have the white loading bar jump to half way as soon as the video starts, yet the video still buffers and downgrades the quality almost instantly. Are there any alternatives? Even a jailbreak tweak?
      Thanks!

  • numpty

    “you need to watch these videos in a desktop browser which supports HTML5 video, such as Chrome and Safari for the Mac.”

    No, you need to watch these videos in Chrome. No other browser is currently supported.