Hollywood is known to rely on sequels and remakes as sure-fire box-office magnets. However, remasterings of films that have already been released - successful films, of course - probably offer an even more attractive cost/risk ratio. Take Titanic and Avatar, for example: these two box office hits from James Cameron will be re-released in 3D 4K HDR and HFR. Avatar in September (before Avatar 2 opens in December), Titanic for Valentine&s Day 2023.
Remastering will not only be done in higher resolution and increased dynamic range, but also at a higher frame rate (HFR). Peter Jackson, among others, had also experimented with this in The Hobbit, but the effect of HFR is usually criticized as very uncinematic. The higher frame rate often makes the images look more like cheap soap operas, which is also due to the shorter exposure times associated with HFR recording.
A relatively new system, however, promises to remedy this situation. TrueCut Motion is the name of the technology, which, according to the manufacturer Pixelworks, should allow nothing less than a kind of "motion grading". Similar to the way color and lighting moods can be adjusted in post-production during color grading, the motion display can now be fine-tuned scene by scene - fast action sequences can be prepared with completely different parameters than epic pans, for example.
By adjusting motion blur and judder as desired, it is claimed to be possible to create the desired image impression retrospectively, regardless of the frame rate at which it was shot, and also differently for different target formats (cinema, television...). The greatest creative freedom can be achieved when filming at a higher frame rate, but it should also be possible to achieve good results with material that was shot at a classic 24 fps with a 180-degree shutter.
TrueCut Motion was officially launched at the end of last year www.pixelworks.com/media/pixelworks-launches-powerful-truecut-motion-end-to-end-motion-platform/, but so far only films for the Chinese cinema market are said to have been processed with it. Avatar and Titanic obviously represent the big, official showcase.
A somewhat older white paper on TrueCut Motion technology can be found here.
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