The HFR of 'Hobbit 2': Better But Still Not Quite Right

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Is Peter Jackson (or anyone for that matter) ever going to win audiences over with high frame rate? Despite Jackson listening to criticisms and working to eliminate some of the "HD video quality" of the first Hobbit film, Steve Dent of Engadget explains why he still isn't quite happy with the way the second film looks.

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(L-r): Lee Pace, director Peter Jackson and Evangeline Lilly on the set of

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

. Photo by Mark Pokorny.

He writes, "The latest tinkering for Smaug can't change the fact that a lot of cinematic sleight-of-hand gets tucked under the rug by the older film tech. With all its motion blur and flickering, 24 fps projection adeptly hides the styrofoam, plywood and even digital effects used to create film magic. If you crank up the reality quotient by spooling more frames, however, such fakery is easier to spot. Though Jackson succeeded in smoothing much of that over in the second installment, at times I still felt I was standing around a movie set rather than watching a film."

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