Peter Jackson may be changing the future of film by shooting The Hobbit in 48 fps. He has assured us it will be an experience unlike anything we have seen before. But he would say that wouldn’t he? So how do other people in the profession think of this new technology? As reported by Variety, the buzz was positive at the SMPTE Summit in Las Vegas this weekend:
The gathering watched camera tests for Warner/New Line’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which tried various frame rates and shutter angles, and was generally impressed at the clarity of the image. “HFR” (and “HRFS” — High Frame Rate Stereoscopic) delivers better results in 3D, cuts down on “judder” and other motion artifacts and generally makes the image appear sharper. The consensus was that the 48 fps 3D images did indeed appear noticeably clearer and more immersive.
Good to know, but will it matter to Hobbit fans if there are no compatible theaters to view the film in this frame rate by this December?
As Warner senior VP of technology Wendy Aylsworth explained, there are 70,000 digital screens worldwide, 40,000 of which are ready for 3D, but exactly zero are capable of showing HFR pics yet. All will need some kind of upgrade, either hardware or software, just to show “The Hobbit” at 48 fps.
Get to work!