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A high-tech new way to watch "The Hobbit"


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Some big fans might have been a little tired Friday after staying up to catch the midnight screening of the new Hobbit movie, but a few of them got to catch the flick in a high-tech way that's brand new for the city of Rochester.

The first Hobbit movie last year was released in HFR also known as high frame rates, to only 400 theaters across the country, and Rochester missed out.

But this time around, the Galaxy 14 Theatre is one of 800 with the technology.

It's a pretty simple process.

Movies are normally shot at 24 frames per second. HFR doubles that to 48 frames per second.

Movie goers say those extra frames make a big impact when you're watching, and movie theaters only need to install new software -- not buy any new equipment -- to play HFR movies.

"Traditional 3-D you get kind of like a ghosting to the image or in fast movements it tracks, said Chris Fitschen, the Galaxy 14 Cine General Manager. "This just clears that up so it's much more life-like. It's actually like you're there in the movie itself."

The Galaxy 14 Theater is the only one in town with the HFR technology and is playing the Hobbit movie on two screens in HFR 3-D.

This technology could be the way of the future for 3-D movies, but so far only Peter Jackson and James Cameron have announced or made movies in HFR.

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