Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' doubles film speed to 48 frames

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  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    Jan. 24, 2012 1:43 p.m.

    Back in 1983, Douglass Trumbull, a pioneer in Hollywood special effects, created an special experimental theater in a northern Virginia strip mall, in which he demonstrated how viewing film at much higher frame rates could transform the experience into one of perceived reality. It was stunningly real. His theater also had a circular screen with speakers behind it that added to the reality of the sound. It has taken 30 years for that vision to make it into commercial film. This is more significant than 3D, which requires the glasses that create a barrier between your eyes and the screen and relies on a distorted view of the world, in which things at a distance are not seen in 3D.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 24, 2012 6:30 a.m.

    To avoid any aliasing of the eye, one really needs about 60fps, but 48 will certainly make moviewatching that much better. Can't wait for this movie!