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"The Hobbit" Can Be In Theaters at 48 fps

Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2012 6:11 PM

The Hobbit

In April 2011, we passed along the news that Peter Jackson was making The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey using the higher than normal frame rate of 48 frames per second (fps) as opposed to the traditional 24 frames per second. At that time, we thought it was good news, but only if the studio could maintain the frame rate throughout their processes, and if theaters would be capable of showing movies at the higher frame rate.

The Hollywood Reporter published an article yesterday that says that those hopes may not be in vain:

The cinema technology industry is working to give movie goers the opportunity to see The Hobbit: An Unfinished Journey in 3D projected at 48 frames per second when it opens in theaters this December.

The question is, just how many theaters around the world will be able to accommodate this sort of presentation of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy, the first major motion picture to be made at the high frame rate (HFR) of 48 fps.


Digital cinema auditoriums are currently not equipped to support 48 fps movies, though work is being done to change that.

Each projector maker will have its own strategy for high frame rate support.

The article goes on to say that the production team is indeed keeping the 48 fps frame rate through the production process. They are using techniques to manage the large amount of data, both from a storage and a production standpoint (they are shooting 6-12 terabytes of data per day).

Click the Read link below for the full article.

This is good news indeed, but it still requires theaters to upgrade their projectors to support the higher frame rate. I would imagine that this upgrade will not come free, so each theater will have to decide whether to make the investment or not. It will also require fans that are interested to seek out those theaters that have made the investment so we can bask in what should be the higher quality picture coming at us at twice the usual speed. We here at The BigScreen Cinema Guide will do our best to make that possible!

Will You Seek Out High Frame Rate Movies?

Would you choose a high frame rate presentation of The Hobbit or other movie over one that was at the regular rate? We're interested to see how many people are interested in this development, so please leave your comments below!

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