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Shooting at 60FPS with Showscan Digital

Peter Jackson was reportedly unsurprised by the reaction cinemagoers had to preview footage from The Hobbit shown at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last week claiming that the new 48 frames per second format will merely take time for viewers to adjust to.

He  added: ”Advocating that we have to stick with what we know, I think is a slightly narrow-minded way of looking at things when as an industry we are facing declining audiences. We have to find ways to make it more vibrant, more immersive – something that will encourage people to come back to the theatres for that experience.”

Academy Award-winning special effects innovator Doug Trumbull, a long-standing advocate of the higher frame rate filming format, explains in detail the benefits and integration of this new technology in movieScope issue 28 (May/June 2012)


One Response to Shooting at 60FPS with Showscan Digital

  1. Nate Reply

    April 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    That video simplifies shutter speeds and fps. It’s talking about blur but just abandons mentioning shutter speed after it says 24p is flawed because it is missing ‘half the information’.

    standard 24p has a 180 degree shutter (i.e. it’s black half the time by their phrasing). This gives you a shutter speed of 1/48 of a second. They were shooting 120 fps w/ a 360 degree shutter, giving 1/120 of a second. In one second, 24fps is only showing 1/2 a second’s worth of information, while 120fps is showing the full second uninterrupted. Less blur, more information, logically better.

    The problem with relating this to The Hobbit is that it also has a 1/48 of a second exposure time just like 24p does. So the amount of blur in The Hobbit is aesthetically the same, because it was shot with a 360 degree shutter at 48fps. The aesthetic difference people notice isn’t the blur as much as the lack of gap between the blur, since it is showing the full second’s worth of information, not just half.

    It seamless video shooting in camera, as one frame ends, then next begins, creating a much smoother image. The problem is, we are accustomed to cinema leaving gaps and consciously we are unaware of it.

    Better or worse is up to you. I don’t watch videos or film to mimic real-life personally, the artistry of controlling the information we are seeing is far more important than getting all the information my brain can gather. That’s what real-life is for.

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