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How to Change Frame Rate in Premiere Pro

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Originally published Feb 15, 23, updated Mar 27, 24

The video's frame rate is an important aspect of it. Too high of a frame rate makes the video seem unnatural. On the other hand, too low can make some videos choppy. You can fix that by changing the frame rate using a video editor. And we are here to help you learn how to do that. Here's how to change the frame rate in Premiere Pro.

The frame rate sometimes makes or breaks the video. So it is important to get this setting right. Suppose you made a mistake and recorded your video in the wrong setting. You can follow this guide to solve your problem.

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In this article
  1. How To Check Video Frame Rate in Premiere Pro
  2. Reasons for Changing Frame Rate
  3. How To Change FPS in Premiere Pro
  4. How To Make 120 FPS Videos With Premiere Pro
  5. How To Change Video From 30 FPS to 60 FPS in Premiere Pro
  6. [Bonus] Wondershare Filmora – Premiere Pro's Alternative

How To Check Video Frame Rate in Premiere Pro

Before we teach you how to change a video's frame rate in Premiere Pro, let's first make sure you know how to check. Maybe you don't need to modify the video because it is already in the correct setting.

So how do you do that in Premiere Pro?

  1. Import the video to Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Check the "Media" window. Next to the video file name is its frame rate. It is written in the format x.00 fps. FPS stands for "frames per second," which is used interchangeably with the term frame rate.
check video frame rate in premiere pro

Reasons for Changing Frame Rate

Suppose you have an action-packed video. It would not look great at 30 fps - it will look too choppy. That will give your audience a rotten viewing experience. By increasing the frames, you can make the motion more fluid and smoother.

Increasing the frames per second also results in better slow-motion videos. A 30 fps one would not look good with this effect because it does not show smooth motion. Thus, we recommend making the video at least 60 fps.

However, a higher frame rate does not always mean better videos. It can result in what they call the "soap opera effect." It means the video shows too many details. That makes the videos seem "unnatural" or less cinematic.

High frame rates make videos look more realistic since there is less stuttering and motion blur between frames. That's great. But for older audiences - the ones used to watching videos at 24 fps, it can be off-putting. So it's also important to consider your target audience when deciding the right frame rate for your video.

With these reasons in mind, you may want to change your video's frame rate.

How To Change FPS in Premiere Pro

Let's dilly-dally no more. Here's a quick guide on how to change fps in Adobe Premiere Pro. This program gives you two different ways to change fps. One is changing the frame rate of a sequence; the other is changing the frame rate of the video clip. We will teach you how to do both.

l  Change the Frame Rate of a Sequence

Suppose you want to keep the frame rate of most of the video the same. Only some parts need adjusting. You can change the frame rate of the sequences that need changing instead. Here are the steps to follow to achieve this:

  1. Open your project in Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. In the Project panel, select the sequence whose frame rate you want to change. Right-click on that sequence.
  3. Choose "Sequence Settings" from the menu that appears.
sequence settings in adobe premiere pro
  1. Click the drop-down menu for "Timebase."
  2. Select the frame rate you want the sequence to be in.
changing video sequence frame rate
  1. Click "OK."

l  Change the Frame Rate of a Video Clip

Here are the steps you should follow if you want to change the frame rate of an entire video clip.

  1. Import your video clip to Premiere Pro and drag it to the timeline.
  2. Go to the "Effects" tab. It's in the options at the bottom left of the screen.
effects tab in adobe premiere pro
  1. Select "Video Effects" > "Time" > "Posterize Time."
posterize time video effect option
  1. Drag and drop the Posterize Time effect to the clip whose frame rate you want to change.
  2. Click "Effect Controls" at the top left of the screen.
  3. Select the small "arrow" button next to the "Frame Rate" text under "Posterize Time."
  4. Change the frame rate to your preferred setting. For example, type "60" to make the video 60 fps.
changing video clip frame rate
  1. Click "Sequence" > "Render Selection."

And that's it! That is how you change a video clip's frame rate in Adobe Premiere Pro.

How To Make 120 FPS Videos With Premiere Pro

Videos that are 120 fps are very popular now. If you are a gaming content creator on YouTube, you probably record videos at this frame rate. You'd want to edit that footage and export it at the same frame rate.

Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to do that. But it's a little bit of a hidden feature. When creating a sequence, you may notice that the highest the frame rate can go is 60 frames per second. That's obviously not the number that we want. Don't worry. There is a workaround. The best thing is that it's super easy.

Follow these steps to change your video to 120 fps:

  1. Import your 120 fps video to Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Select your footage. Drag it to your timeline or the tab where the text says, "Drop media here to create sequence."
dragging video to premiere pro timeline
  1. Select the timeline panel. Click "Sequence" > "Sequence Settings."
  2. Check the "Timebase" section. It should say "119.88 frames/second," 120 fps when rounded off.
checking if the fps is 120
  1. Edit the video as needed and render it. The output should stay at 120 fps.

How To Change Video From 30 FPS to 60 FPS in Premiere Pro

Do you have a video recorded at 30 frames per second, and do you want it at 60? Here's a simple solution to that. Follow these steps in Adobe Premiere Pro to double the video's frame rate.

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro. Click "File" > "New" > "Sequence."
creating new sequence in premiere pro
  1. Click "AVCHD" > "1080p" > "AVCHD 1080p60" > "OK."
avchd 1080p 60 option
  1. Import your 30 fps video into Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Drag the video into the timeline.
  3. Click "Keep existing settings."
keeping the settings when importing video
  1. Right-click the video in the timeline. Select "Time interpolation" > "Optical Flow."
optical flow option in premiere pro
  1. Press the "Enter" key. Wait for the processing to finish. This can take hours.
  2. Click "File" > "Export" > "Media."
exporting the video from premiere pro
  1. Select a preset.
  2. Scroll down to the "Effects" section to check if the frame rate is at 60 fps. If not, change it to 60 fps.
changing frame rate to 60 fps
  1. Click "Export."

[Bonus] Wondershare Filmora - Premiere Pro's Alternative

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What if you don't have Adobe Premiere Pro or don't like this tool? What's a good alternative? That would be Wondershare Filmora.

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Why use Filmora as a substitute for Premiere Pro? This video editor offers lots of great features, basic or advanced. With these at your fingertips, you can bring your videos to the next level and wow your audiences.

Among Filmora's handy features is the ability to quickly change a video's frame rate. You don't even need to be a video editing expert to do it with this software! That's how straightforward the process is.

How To Change the Frame Rate in Wondershare Filmora

Changing a video's frame rate in Wondershare Filmora is super easy. Even a child can do it due to how simple the steps are. Here, read this 5-step guide to change a video's frame rate using this amazing video editor.

  1. Launch Wondershare Filmora and create a new project.
creating new project in wondershare filmora
  1. Import the video whose frame rate you want to change.
  2. Drag the video into the timeline.
adding the video to filmora timeline
  1. Click "Export."
  2. Select the format you want the output file to be in. Find the "Frame Rate" in the options, click the drop-down menu, and select the frame rate that you want. Click "Export."
changing frame rate in filmora


Getting the frame rate of a video right is important, so you should not neglect it. It greatly affects your audience's viewing experience. Thankfully, if you make mistakes, you can correct them with video editors like Premiere Pro. If it's not to your liking, you can use Wondershare Filmora instead - it's the best alternative.

Filmora lets you change a video's frame rate very easily. Also, it gives you a bunch of other features you might enjoy using. And here's some good news: this software app is affordable! You can also download the free trial to give it a shot.

Caroline Laurent
Caroline Laurent Mar 27, 24
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