“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first major motion picture to have been shot and released in a 48 fps format. According to reports, some fans found that and the 3D a bit too much to take, and left the theater feeling dizzy.
As the Daily Mail explains, most movies are shot in a 24 fps (frames per second) format. Double that number means an increased sharpness to the image and less blurriness to the details, which, apparently, combined with the excellent 3D, has proved too much for some movie buffs in the UK.
However, if you’re a fan of “The Hobbit” and are dying to have it arrive in a theater near you, you needn’t worry: it won’t play in 48 fps in all locations for the simple reason that not all theaters have the technology necessary for this kind of playback.
“Director Peter Jackson hopes more than 10,000 cinemas will be able to project the film at the higher frame rate,” the Mail writes.
The rest of us will just get it in 3D and 24 fps.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be released in 6 different formats: 2D, 3D and 3D IMAX, all of them in both 24fps and 48fps, the same media outlet notes.