Facebook developers this time has come up with a new Time unit, to measure the speed of digital audio and video., they call it as FLICK.The GitHub page documentation states as , a Flick is “the smallest time unit which is LARGER than a nanosecond”. A nanosecond is 1/1,000,000,000 of a second.So a Flick roughly is 1.41723356 nanoseconds long
The reason why Facebook programmers released the new unit is to resolve the fundamental problem in how computer code deals with video, particularly their frame rates.Currently most motion picture are shot at 24 frames per second.So each second will have 24 frames to play in a sequence giving an illusion of motion.When we split, each frame is .04166666667 seconds in length, or 41666666.669 nanoseconds long.Its bit hard to synchronize everything up while calculating the duration of these frames in seconds.This endless decimal can create confusion for programmers, and that is where flick comes in, which eliminates the decimals and gives a whole number instead.Flick offers a clear measurement in representing the frame. Each frame is 29,400,000 flicks.
The unit was created by a former Facebook employee,Christopher Horvath. The organization plans to popularize it and make it an industry standard, however it’s up to professionals to decide if they wish to use it or not.
Discover more about flicks from The GitHub repository.