How to Display a Frame Rate

by Asad Mohammad ; Updated September 22, 2017

Frame rate refers to the frequency with which images are produced. Frame rate is usually considered for multimedia applications such as movies and videogames. A higher frame rate will produce smoother motion on screen, whereas a slower frame rate can create choppiness or a sensation of image-skipping. In graphically-intensive videogames the frame rate is generally less because the computer cannot process the images as efficiently.

Refer to the owner's manual of your videogame or movie. You should be able to find a set of instructions on how to display the frame rate. It will usually be displayed on the corner of the screen and will dynamically change if needed.

Press the "Ctrl" button in conjunction with the "Alt" and "F" button. This is a generic way of displaying an application's frame rate. The frame rate will appear in the corner of the screen. Keep in mind that this works for some programs, but not all, so if it does not show anything then refer to the application's documentation.

Run a program in the background that will monitor your application's frame rate. For example you can use a program such as Fraps, vDelay or Frame Rate Counter. Simply run the program and minimize it. Then begin your application and you will be able to monitor the frame rate in real-time.


About the Author

Asad Mohammad began freelance writing for various websites in 2010, bringing his expertise in medicine and health. His first publication occurred in 2008 when a case report and poster presentation were accepted at Nassau University Medical Center. He graduated from medical school in 2009 and is in residency. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in biology and economics from Binghamton University.

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