Nier: Automata 60fps Movie Fix Available Via PC Modders

(Last Updated On: March 20, 2017)

There’s a new workaround fix offered for Nier: Automata’s 30fps capped pre-rendered movie scenes that play throughout the PC version of the game, which is currently available right now on Steam.

Over on the Steam forums, user Breedloved discovered that you can extract the movie files from Nier: Automata, double up their FPS to 60, and strip the sound from the game as well. You can then repackage the files and play the game with the proper 60fps speed.

There’s a tutorial on how to extract the USM files from Nier: Automata. You’ll first need a few tools, though, including: MediaTab, VGM Toolbox, Scaleform VideoEncoder, and FFmpeg.

YouTuber Jokupew offers a quick four minute walkthrough of how to use the tools to extract the files.

So first up, open up VGM Toolbox and drag in the USM files from Nier: Automata‘s folder into the VGM dialogue box.

Open up Notepad and follow the instructions in the video on how to set the quality of the video output.

Save the file as a .bat file to run it as a batch file.

As it’s explained in the video, this will convert the USM into an AVI format.

Use Scaleform video encoder to import the video that you just extracted into AVI format, and change the parameters that you want. Convert the video into a USM format, and you’ll be good to go.

Now one thing to keep in mind is that even if you do decide to convert the video and raise the frames per second, it won’t change the overall resolution of the videos, which are locked at 1600 x 904.

As some people have pointed out in the reviews and in the discussion threads, this most certainly does limit the overall quality of the video when you’re playing at any resolution higher than 900p. So for those of you running the game at 1080p, 1440p or 4K, the quality of the video will still output at 904p with an internal resolution of 1600 x 928. That’s just the way the dice fall.

On the upside, at least you’ll be able to raise the playback FPS to 60, so it should at least match the 60fps hard-lock of the gameplay and smooth out the pre-rendered scenes that were skipping and messing up at 30fps. Expect more mods to surface for Nier: Automata as the PC gaming community continues to pick the game apart and tinker with its insides.

Nier: Automata is available right now for PS4 and PC. You can pick up a digital copy right now from over on the Steam store page.


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  • FlamingoJet

    That makes me really sad to see.

    Sub-par video quality for cutscenes, having to mod to make it 60fps.

    PC monitors have resolutions of at least 1080p. This is absolutely unacceptable.

  • Freak_ Aniket_

    That’s why I love PC gaming community. So much to learn and so much to discover.
    Well, PC modding is also a reason that why major developers doesn’t release more games for PC when compared to Consoles.

    • Well, PC modding is also a reason that why major developers doesn’t release more games for PC when compared to Consoles.

      Sadly this is true.

      • Disqusted

        “How dare you make our game better! We wanted it to be shit!!”

        Sounds like something Bigotware would say.

      • Law212

        Actually smart developers realize that these mods can extend the life of a game by many years. Devs like tecmo are living with blinders on

  • Disqusted

    I see modders are still picking up the slack where devs fail.

  • Muten

    This is great news, gameplay and cutscenes at differents frame rates is pretty terrible.

    • Disqusted

      Seems to be an increasingly popular thing, probably to try and make cutscenes seem more “cinematic”.