Cinema 4D Quick Tip 4 – Change Your FPS The Right Way

February 21, 2014

In this Quick Tip, I will show you how to change your Frames Per Second settings in Cinema 4D. It’s a bit more tricky than just ONE place to change it. There is the PROJECT FPS setting and the OUTPUT FPS setting and both of these do slightly different things. Watch the video above to learn more about how to set up your FPS correctly for your project.

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  • Can someone explain why 23.976 doesn’t seem to be possible in C4D? Would this impact tracking data information if the video clip that I’m trying to match is running at 23.976 while my C4D animation is at 24?

    • 23.976 is an interpretation of film (Dropped Frames)
      24 is a digital interpretation of 23.976. the bast way to insure your tracking data, footage and render from C4D sinks right, you should render an image sequence from C4D.

      but remember since C4D doesn’t allow drop frames in scene settings. your tracking software needs to be set to 24 fps with and image sequence of 23.976 rendered form AE or whatever Software you’re rendering from, as well as rendering 24 out of C4D (3D Tracking software will interpret between the two frame rates).

  • I was just looking into this for a project I’m doing. Was reading the show help post, but was a bit confusing. Thanks for this Nick!

  • thanks Nick

  • thanks nick for this Quick tip I find more helpful getting short helpful tips than longer ones.

  • hi, is there any way to keep keyframes on the same position, when i change the frame rate?

  • In Italian language we would say: “Siete sempre i migliori!”, you would say: we know!
    🙂 thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Hey, At Half Rez in your “What’s new in C4D R15 Speech” You promised to make a Tutorial on this:
    I’m still waiting…Thanks

  • This is a old tutorial, or?

  • Thanks guys for everything! Thanks for all this stuff you’re doing for us!

    I can’t describe you how thankful to you I’m.

    Your tutorials are pleasure to watch. I’m enjoying C4D because of you and everything I learned so far is because of you.


  • Hi Nick,
    check this out. Seems cool thing especially for motion designers.

    It is like new GIF format, good quality and small size

  • Now that I know how to change the farm rate, I absolutely love rendering at 60 fps instead of 30. This is truly amazing. The only problem is that YouTube or Facebook won’t be able to handle 60 fps yet. It only handles 30 I believe.

  • I just start looking of this solution today. First link on google. THX!!!

  • there is a New FOX animated COSMOS series about to AIR prime time
    on sunday March 9 2014

    it is a Reboot of Carl Sagans Cosmos from the 1980’s

    What I would like for artists to find out and discuss is

    who is producing the animations and compositing and
    production graphics and how are they being compiled to

    anyone who has not seen the you tube trailers
    can visit it here ;

  • how you had done to integrate Delay Effector in Transform

  • Can I ask something out of context. I just started cine4d and I am also an after effects user. I am still clueless what kind of machine I should get if I want to get serious about cine4d. Since you are really experience cine4d and ae user, may I ask if I get a mac pro with the following spec, will it be good enough for what you are doing ?

    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    16GB 1600MHz memory
    512GB PCIe-based flash storage 1
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    with 2GB GDDR5 memory

    Btw, can I know what you are using and what is the spec and I can see if I could get the same system as yours?

  • Avdshare Video Converter will take change MP4 file frame rate as an example and it can also serve to change AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MXF, XAVC, ProRes, MPG, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MKV and almost all video format frame rates

  • I change both the render settings FR and the Project Settings FR to 24. When I render an image sequence and move it to AE the image sequence is drastically shorter than the original project. I am rendering a long slideshow that is 5:20. When I open the c4D project in AE with External Compositing Tags, everything registers right, at 5:20. But when I bring in the Rendered Image sequence its only 4:16. Why is that? Please help!

  • Thanks nick

  • Thanks to you and to your tutorial I got finally rid of that kind of basic headache when I just felt lost in 4D-space as a newcomer to C4D.

  • Thank you so much for this quick tip! It helped me so much!

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