The social network's VR division came up with a new unit to measure individual frames in digital video

Facebook recently announced that it created a new unit of time. Called ‘Flicks,’ its purpose is to help easily measure individual frames for video frame rates. A flick (frame-tick) is a small unit of time— 1/705,600,000 of a second, to be exact. Facebook explains, “It is slightly larger than a nanosecond that exactly subdivides media frame rates and sampling frequencies.”

Facebook’s VR division came up with this measurement because it found that using nanoseconds was not a helpful way to measure the speed of digital audio and video. This new measurement of time helps when it comes to running simulations. Instead of using decimal places, flicks are nice, round numbers that are easy to understand.

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Facebook recently announced that it created a new unit of time. Called ‘Flicks,’ its purpose is to help easily measure individual frames for video frame rates. A flick (frame-tick) is a small unit of time— 1/705,600,000 of a second, to be exact. Facebook explains, “It is slightly larger than a nanosecond that exactly subdivides media frame rates and sampling frequencies.”

Facebook’s VR division came up with this measurement because it found that using nanoseconds was not a helpful way to measure the speed of digital audio and video. This new measurement of time helps when it comes to running simulations. Instead of using decimal places, flicks are nice, round numbers that are easy to understand.