The Hobbit The Imax 3D Experience being shown in 48FPS?
I certianly hope so and I remember a comment in a CC that the IMAX system could be upgraded to support higher frame rates but I would love a confirmation. Can anyone on this board comment on that?
Largeformat...are you still checking out this board?
If you get the chance start looking around for a theater, whether IMAX or not, that can show Desolation of Smaug in 3D HFR - 48fps. This is the other major evolution in theater technology. Doubling the frame rates smooths out action scenes and also reduces 3D ghosting and eyestrain.
Only 1 Imax theater of the 5 in NYC is showing Hobbit in HFR (high frame rate). That is the one on 34th Street. I saw it last night in non-Imax 3D HFR and was very impressed. The film is being shown in many different formats. It is being shown in 1) 2D non-Imax 2) 3D non-Imax 3) 3D HFR non-Imax 4) Imax giant screen film (15-70) 5) Imax digital 6) Imax digital HFR. . Hell there were only 2 kinds of M&M when I was a kid and one kind of Coca-Cola. You had something called Tab, but the average medicine tasted better.
There seems to be very confusing PR with the whole HFR issue. The list of multiplexs showing The Hobbit in HFR include many IMAX locations which would lead most to assume the HFR version in the multiplex would be on the IMAX screen but apparently not. My local Regal is state of the art and the HFR version is being shown on a Sony 4K 3D system, not their IMAX screen. I am sure there are many technical, logistical and business reasons why this is happening but it highlights the reluctance of the whole industry to fully get behind HFR. I would not bet against Peter Jackson and James Cameron and assume the industry will get there eventually but apparently not quickly. After a painful, expensive and prolonged transition to Digital, followed by the 3D push from many of the players in the industry for mostly business reasons I guess we should not be surprised about a bad case of "innovation fatigue".