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CLIPSTER with high quality 48 fps: High frame rates for Middle-earth
DMN Newswire--2012-12-13--Hanover/Wellington. Once again, CLIPSTER(r) is positioning itself at the forefront of post production in New Zealand. Park Road, the renowned company which was for example involved in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been using the CLIPSTER(r) DI workstation for many years for DCI mastering among other things. For current 2K film projects such as the Hobbit trilogy, which Park Road was heavily involved in in New Zealand, 48 fps was called for as the new standard for 3D films. Besides the high frame rate package, DVS also developed additional parameters in CLIPSTER(r) which allow precise JPEG2000 adjustment for DCP generation.



With the higher frame rate of 48 fps, movements appear noticeably crisper and smoother to the viewer - especially with fast tracking shots or jerky actions. The high frame rate of 48 fps eliminates critical image issues that are annoying to the eye such as shaking or judder caused by the lack of continuity between consecutive frames. As such, the results at 48 fps are much more realistic than at the standard rate of 24 fps, especially in 3D. Park Road's aim was to offer an even more immersive experience for the cinema-goer.



In parallel to the high frame rate, a higher bit rate was important to Park Road. The DCI standard limits the bit rate to 250 Mbit/s to prevent any projector failures in traditional 2D cinema. For this special New Zealand project, CLIPSTER(r) exceeds this bit rate, thereby delivering high image quality, even at 48 fps, and an unprecedented cinema experience. In discussion with various Integrated Media Block manufacturers, the projectors were correspondingly upgraded to handle the new bit rate of up to 500 Mbit/s.