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The Hobbit is to break an industry habit of a lifetime.  It is being shot at 48 frames per seconds and in 3D, compared to 24fps for every other film for the past 90 years. This is a very welcome change and I for one can’t wait to see the results. Smoother motion less blurring of movement. The hobbit is being shot at the moment using 30 RED EPIC cameras. According to Peter Jackson from his Facebook page:

“We are indeed shooting at the higher frame rate. The key thing to understand is that this process requires both shooting and projecting at 48 fps, rather than the usual 24 fps (films have been shot at 24 frames per second since the late 1920’s). So the result looks like normal speed, but the image has hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness. Looking at 24 frames every second may seem ok–and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years–but there is often quite a lot of blur in each frame, during fast movements, and if the camera is moving around quickly, the image can judder or “strobe.”    Shooting and projecting at 48 fps does a lot to get rid of these issues.  It looks much more lifelike, and it is much easier to watch, especially in 3-D.”

I believe once this film hits the cinemas in 3D, it will change the way future films are shot. 24fps is just too few fps for smooth motion required by 3D Filmmaking. It should also help with the eye strain and headaches associated with 3D viewing.

EPIC !  The name is not an overstatement. The much anticipated addition to the RED family is the answer to the professional’s wildest dreams and exists as the most sophisticated and capable camera ever engineered and built. In a package one third the size of a RED ONE, resides a 5K Mysterium-X™ sensor and a 27 layer ASIC, the most advanced processor of its type in the world, enabling EPIC to capture up to 120 frames per second, each frame at full 14MP resolution. EPIC is engineered to be a DSMC™ (Digital Still & Motion Camera), a camera that excels in both worlds … by design. Providing native dynamic range of over 13 stops and resolution that exceeds 35 mm motion picture film, this is the camera of the epoch. Add to that RED’s newly developed HDRx™ extended dynamic range technology and EPIC boasts an amazing dynamic range of up to 18 stops. Purpose-built for perfect multi-camera synchronization, EPIC comes to market at a time when 3D capture requires the sophistication of a new generation of innovative technology. EPIC, very simply, is EPIC .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article by Digital Cinematography and RED Digital Cinema

 

 

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