48+ Frames Per Second Coming to Hollywood?

The Hobbit, filmed and projected at 48 frames per second, will become the first fast-frame-rate 3-D wide release this December.
Image courtesy Warner Bros.

HOLLYWOOD ??? On a century-old studio lot, a guy juggles oranges as cameras roll, capturing test footage of the flying fruit. Then he tosses a red construction hat into the air, throws a bucket of water toward the camera and pours fizzing cola into a glass.

It might look like the kind of amateur antics featured in Thomas Edison???s 1890 film test Monkeyshines, but the juggler ??? Red Digital Cinema exec Ted Schilowitz ??? is performing his modest party tricks to show off the capabilities of his company???s next-generation 3-D movie cameras.

I’m already looking forward to the Hobbit, but now that I see it is shot at twice the frames per second, it’s sure to look even more gorgeous.

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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth. https://twitter.com/mpeterworth

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