The Hobbit is at 48 fps

Article: Lessons in Technology and Innovation from the iPad 3 Graphics and Display
By: Bernd Schmidt (bernds_cb1.delete@this.t-online.de), January 8, 2013 3:42 am
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Richard Cownie (tich.delete@this.pobox.com) on January 3, 2013 7:02 am wrote:
> The new movie of "The Hobbit" was shot in 48fps, and I saw it screened
> at 48fps a couple of weeks ago. My personal reaction was that it looked
> good for the longshots of characters in a big landscape, but was
> distracting for the interior scenes, where there was so much visual
> clarity that the acting looked like acting and the makeup (of which there's
> a lot, with 12 dwarves and a wizard) looked like makeup, and the lighting
> looked like lighting.

I've recently learned that this is quite a well-known phenomenon on some TVs, known as the "soap effect". I was watching a movie on my parents' new Samsung TV over Christmas, and something felt odd. My reaction to it was the same you described, "this looks like actors on a set, not a movie", but I didn't quite know what was wrong. After googling a bit, I found that it's caused by the TV interpolating frames to increase the movie's low frame rate from to whatever native frame rate the LCD uses, and it can be turned off - at which point things start to look like a movie again.

It's possible that this is caused by associating high frame rates with cheap productions, but my personal theory of what's happening psychologically is that at 24Hz, the picture is perceived a little bit like still photography, even though it moves. With frame rates at 50Hz or higher, it looks more like real to the point of making you think you are there on the set. I feel it's mostly the lighting that is affected; you can have a skillfully lit photograph, but if you were standing in the room where the photograph is taken you'd become very aware that the lighting is artificial.
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                  Oh, for crying out load, would you fix this stupid thing to make it a tiny bit harder to double post (NT)rwessel2013/01/03 12:01 PM
                    /load/loud/ grrr... (NT)rwessel2013/01/03 12:02 PM
                    Oh, for crying out load, would you fix this stupid thing to make it a tiny bit harder to double postDavid Kanter2013/01/10 10:07 AM
                      Oh, for crying out load, would you fix this stupid thing to make it a tiny bit harder to double postrwessel2013/01/10 09:33 PM
                        Oh, for crying out load, would you fix this stupid thing to make it a tiny bit harder to double postrwessel2013/01/10 09:35 PM
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          The Hobbit is at 48 fpsRichard Cownie2013/01/03 07:02 AM
            Thanks for the interesting data point! (NT)Paul A. Clayton2013/01/03 09:26 AM
            The Hobbit is at 48 fpsRicardo B2013/01/03 11:17 AM
              The Hobbit is at 48 fpsRichard Cownie2013/01/03 11:55 AM
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