The following high frame rate example video clips should give you a basic idea of the crisp and fluid imagery, lack of motion blur and judder, and the sense of removing the glass from the window and seeing reality that HFR tech provides.
1) Here’s a sample video (credit to Luke Letellier) of what the first Hobbit trailer would look like at 48 fps. Visit the fxphd blog for an in-depth look at the creation of this trailer. Download link:
Below are higher quality download links of the above HFR Hobbit trailer video. These videos were also created by Luke Letellier (visit his site here for details on how he created them), and are available in various qualities:
update: Luke advises those interested in the techniques (“it is completely interpolated using a computer program”) behind the creation of these high frame rate videos to visit his blog, where he gives “a very detailed run down of how it was accomplished, and the strengths and weaknesses of that technique. It’s definitely not a “push button” technique.”
Of course the theatrical 48 fps presentation will look different than the above, and unlike anything most non-film-industry people have seen. Any 48 fps footage, even if it is shot with a 48 fps capable camera and not interpolated as the above videos were, will not look the same on a computer monitor as it would in the theater. The reason is that computer monitors refresh at 60 or 120 hz, necessitating an approximation of a 48 frame per second rate. Nevertheless, Luke’s videos are a respectable approximation of what The Hobbit might look like at 48 fps 2D.
2) From an excellent article on the advantages of HFR on RED’s site come these 3 comparison example videos at both 24 fps and 60 fps. Check them out at RED’s site in the context of the article, download the zip files here (panning shot comparison), and here (2 action scenes comparison). Alternatively, you can download them individually below:
panning shot at 24 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/panning-24fps-180.mp4
panning shot at 60 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/panning-60fps-180.mp4
action shot#1 at 24 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/action-24fps.mp4
action shot#1 at 60 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/action-60fps.mp4
action shot#2 at 24 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/action2-24fps.mp4
action shot#2 at 60 fps: http://red.cachefly.net/learn/action2-60fps.mp4
3) A video from Christie Digital describing the advantages of HFR cinema: The video includes a comparison between 24 and 60 fps:
4) 24 fps and 48 fps video footage comparison (from thread on dvxuser.com) -shot with a RED camera, these samples are large files, but if you have the computer power and necessary software to run them they provide good comparisons.
file 1: (rocks at 24 fps and 48 fps): Download here
file 2: (basketball at 24 fps and 48 fps): https://rapidshare.com/#!download|94…278C55F28F|0|0
5) This video, showing a crowd running in 25 fps vs 50 fps (try VLC player if you have trouble playing this video):
6) Some sample clips at 50 fps (scroll to bottom) - these are various reincodes of footage original aired at 50 fps. Start at the Britney Spears video (brit.avi), and continue down to nena.avi, which is a performance video of her singing her famous song “99 red balloons/luftballoons.” Notice how smooth everything looks compared to videos you might watch on Youtube.
7) A cool animated app that lets you set the the frame rates of the objects and moving background:
8) Stop motion 24 fps vs 48 fps sample movie download:
direct download: wemusic.veenue.com/libraries/lib_170/media/h_guitarelectric_0.mp4
10) Polish production company FlyFilm has created a great demonstration video showcasing variable frame rates. The frame rate in the below video is 50 fps during fast action, and is 25 fps (still playing the 50 fps file, but dropping every other frame) when the onscreen movement slows down.
The below archive contains left and right eye video feeds, and can be viewed in stereoscopic 3D with Stereoscopic Player.
Download it from Sendpace here.
11) Thanks to Ilya Vaisman for alerting me to the following Russian forum which has sample clips of Avatar at 48 and 60 fps along with the Inception trailer at 48 fps. Of course these clips are interpolated and not native HFR. Check out this Avatar-forums.com thread for an additional HFR Avatar clip as well as links to documentation on how to produce your own interpolated HFR videos.
(right click to download):
Avatar sample at 48 fps: http://hfrmovies.com/Avatar_48_fps_Sample.mkv
Avatar sample at 60 fps: http://hfrmovies.com/avatar_60.mkv
Inception trailer at 48 fps:
Inception trailer at 60 fps:
Although Avatar looks spectacular in these HFR clips, the sequels (even moreso than The Hobbit) will be the true flagship demonstration of the potential of HFR 3D. Keep in mind that these interpolated clips, although they do reduce strobing and judder due to the increased number of fames, still contain motion blur. Only native HFR shot with an adequately short shutter angle can eliminate motion blur.
After seeing The Hobbit (and loving the HFR) I decided to film this, since there is very little (if any) 48fps footage online aside from random test footage.
The video was shot on RED Scarlet in 3K at 48fps.
You can download both a 720p and 1080p 48fps HFR version of the movie on his Facebook page.
Here are the direct links:
You can also check it out on Youtube (in 30 fps) here.
If anyone one else reading this has made a short in HFR (48 fps or above), send me an email at email@example.com – I’d be happy to feature it.
Note: these examples only serve to give a basic idea of what frame rates beyond the commonly known 30p/60i (what you watch on TV) and the 24 fps of standard cinematic projection look like. Since most computer monitors don’t refresh at a multiple of 48, the 48 fps files on this page will likely not be played back at an exact 48 distinct frames per second. To get the real thing, you’ll need a digital projector capable of 48 fps output.