In 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey debuted in the brand new theatrical format HFR 3D (High Frame Rate 3D). On December 13, 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in The Hobbit Trilogy, will also be released in HFR 3D as well as traditional motion picture formats, providing another option for consumers at the cinema.
As moviegoers have discovered, HFR 3D represents a technological advancement in the motion picture experience. This innovative format presents the picture in 48 frames per second (fps), which
is closer to what the human eye actually sees. This is twice the rate of the standard
24 fps, which is the current format in cinemas worldwide. We hope you will experience
HFR 3D for yourself, or enjoy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in any format we
offer, including IMAX, 2D and RealD 3D.
HFR 3D FAQ
What is High Frame Rate 3D (HFR 3D)?
Frame rates are the number of images (frames) displayed by a projector in one second.
24 frames per second (fps) is the current standard in cinemas worldwide. HFR 3D
productions of 48 fps record and play visuals at twice the current rate.
Is it film or digital?
HFR 3D has been developed as digital technology.
Why do it?
This additional motion picture format provides another option for our guests. Director
Peter Jackson is pushing the boundaries of new filmmaking technologies on The Hobbit:
The Desolation of Smaug, and shot the film on HFR 3D. We are excited to present this
innovative format, in addition to the traditional viewing options.
Is HFR only available in 3D?
Yes. The HFR version of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be available in 3D
Do I get a choice?
Yes. We will play the film in multiple formats, including 2D, RealD 3D and HFR 3D.
The various formats will vary by location.
Do I need special 3D glasses to view?
The glasses we supply for standard 3D presentations can also be used for HFR 3D
HFR 3D is available at:
To book The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey HFR 3D, click here