The Hobbit has so far been shot at 48 frames a second as opposed to the usual 24 – which Jackson said “hugely enhanced clarity and smoothness”.
“Looking at 24 frames every second may seem okay – and we’ve all seen thousands of films like this over the last 90 years,” Jackson said.
Films have been shot at the slower rate since the late 1920s and while modern cameras can shoot at a faster rate, most cinemas can’t project the footage.
“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.”
Jackson likened the moment to when digital CDs supplanted vinyl records while acknowledging the technique would offend film purists. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading towards movies being shot and projected at higher frame rates.”
After watching The Hobbit footage for several months he noticed the lack of clarity in normal film and TV.
Jackson said the technique meant it was possible to watch two hours of 3D footage without getting eyestrain.
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