The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Is Coming at 48p

Episode 928 (02:16)

Shot at 48 frames per second (known as high frame rate - HFR), Peter Jackson's Tolkein epic "The Hobbit: An Unexpected journey comes to theaters next week. Jackson shot at 48p in order to create the sharpest possible image to help the audience get immersed into the story. There's been some resistance because people say it doesn't look "film like," (or shot at 24 fps). But Scott says it'll look fabulous. Detailed. Crisp and clear. But the problem is, it starts looking less like film and more like video. It's called the "soap opera effect" and happens often in HDTVs that use frame interpolation to add frames to make video more high definition. Scott doesn't think it'll be the same plasticy look as frame interpolation, though.

The Hobbit will be playing in HFR at 450 theaters around the country. To find the nearest theater to you, head over to And 48p will also be presented in 3D, while 2D versions will be in 24p. And as if that wasn't enough, The Hobbit will also be presented in Dolby Atmos - in select theaters. So the soundtrack should be incredible.