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The following is a simple mathematical formula we developed for the purpose of being able to create the charts for determining direct relationships between Real Time and Video/Film running time (if you will, the brush sizes available for painting on the canvas of time):

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t x 30 ÷ f = R
R x f÷ 30 = t
t = film/video total running time in seconds (@ 30 fps).
f = frames per minute.
R = Real-time in minutes, hours, or days.
1 second interval

60 frames/minute
R t
1 min - 2 secs
5 mins- 10 secs
10 mins- 20 secs
15 mins- 30 secs
30 mins- 60 secs
1 hr- 2 mins

2 second interval
30 frames/minute
R t
1 min- 1 sec
5 mins- 5 secs
10 mins- 10 secs
15 mins- 15 secs
30 mins- 30 secs
1 hr- 60 secs
2 hrs- 2 mins
3 hrs- 3 mins
4 hrs- 4 mins

3 second interval
20 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .67 sec
5 mins- 3.33 secs
10 mins- 6.67 secs
15 mins- 10 secs
30 mins- 20 secs
1 hr- 40 secs
2 hrs- 1 min 20 secs
3 hrs- 2 mins 40 secs
4 hrs- 3 mins 20 secs

4 second interval
15 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .5 sec
5 mins- 2.5 secs
10 mins- 5 secs
15 mins- 7.5 secs
30 mins- 15 secs
1 hr- 30 secs
2 hrs- 1 min
3 hrs- 1.5 mins
4 hrs- 2 mins

5 second interval
12 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .4 sec
5 mins- 2 secs
10 mins- 4 secs
15 mins- 6 secs
30 mins- 12 secs
1 hr- 24 secs
2 hrs- 48 secs
3 hrs- 1 min 2 secs
4 hrs- 1 min 26 secs

10 second interval
6 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .2 sec
5 mins- 1 sec
10 mins- 2 secs
15 mins- 3 secs
30 mins- 6 secs
1 hr- 12 secs
2 hrs- 24 secs
3 hrs- 36 secs
4 hrs- 48 secs

15 second interval
4 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .13 sec
5 mins- .67 sec
10 mins- 1.33 sec
15 mins- 2 secs
30 mins- 4 secs
1 hr- 8 secs
2 hrs- 16 secs
3 hrs- 24 secs
4 hrs- 32 secs
5 hrs- 40 secs
6 hrs- 48 secs
9 hrs- 1 min 12 secs
12 hrs- 1 min 36 secs

30 second interval
2 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .07 sec
5 mins- .33 sec
10 mins- .67 sec
15 mins- 1 sec
30 mins- 2 secs
1 hr- 4 secs
2 hrs- 8 secs
3 hrs- 12 secs
4 hrs- 16 secs
5 hrs- 20 secs
6 hrs- 24 secs
9 hrs- 36 secs
12 hrs- 48 secs
45 second interval
1.33 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .04 sec
5 mins- .22 sec
10 mins- .44 sec
15 mins- .89 sec
30 mins- 1.33 secs
1 hr- 2.67 secs
2 hrs- 5.33 secs
3 hrs- 8 secs
4 hrs- 10.67 secs
5 hrs- 13.33 secs
6 hrs- 16 secs
9 hrs- 24 secs
12 hrs- 32 secs

60 second interval
1 frame/minute
R t
1 min- .03 sec
5 mins- .17 sec
10 mins- .33 sec
15 mins- .5 sec
30 mins- 1 sec
1 hr- 2 secs
2 hrs- 4 secs
3 hrs- 6 secs
4 hrs- 8 secs
5 hrs- 10 secs
6 hrs- 12 secs
9 hrs- 18 secs
12 hrs- 24 secs

120 second interval
.5 frames/minute
R t
1 min- .016 sec
5 mins- .08 sec
10 mins- .13 sec
15 mins- .25 sec
30 mins- .5 sec
1 hr- 1 sec
2 hrs- 2 secs
3 hrs- 3 secs
4 hrs- 4 secs
5 hrs- 5 secs
6 hrs- 6 secs
9 hrs- 9 secs
12 hrs- 12 secs

24 hour interval
1 frame/day
R t
30 days- 1 sec
60 days- 2 secs
90 days- 3 secs
120 days- 4 secs
150 days- 5 secs
180 days- 6 sec
210 days- 7 secs
240 days- 8 secs
270 days- 9 secs
300 days- 10 secs
330 days- 11 secs
360 days- 12 secs


trt vs. frames @ 30fps
# of frames trt
30 1 sec
60 2 secs
90 3 secs
120 4 secs
150 5 secs
180 6 secs
210 7 secs
240 8 secs
270 9 secs
300 10 secs
330 11 secs
360 12 secs
390 13 secs
420 14 secs
450 15 secs
480 16 secs
510 17 secs
540 18 secs
570 19 secs
600 20 secs
630 21 secs
660 22 secs
690 23 secs
720 24 secs
750 25 secs
780 26 secs
810 27 secs
840 28 secs
870 29 secs
900 30 secs
930 31 secs
960 32 secs
990 33 secs
1020 34 secs
1050 35 secs
1080 36 secs
1110 37 secs
1140 38 secs
1170 39 secs
1200 40 secs