Poll: Did you like the smoother, HFR 'Hobbit'?

Select theaters showed "The Hobbit" in 48 frames per second, aka HFR, double that of traditional films. If you saw it, what did you think?

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Smooth move, Bilbo

Did you like the effect high-frame-rate (HFR) had on The Hobbit?

If you're one of the many, many people who saw "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" over the weekend, chances are you didn't see the film exactly as the director, Peter Jackson, intended.

But if you were, please let us know whether you liked it by voting in the poll.

"The Hobbit" is the first major film to be released in a higher-frame-rate 3D version called HFR. Unlike traditional releases, which are shot and shown at 24 frames per second, the HFR Hobbit comes in at 48fps.

Jackson said he preferred viewers watch the HFR version if they could, although he admits it's an "experiment." Only about 10 percent of the more than 4,000 theaters showing the film have an HFR screen available, and the look of the higher frame rate is controversial. You can check out our full report here .

The short story is that Thorin and Co. look smoother in HFR than you're used to seeing in traditional presentations, and whether that's a good or a bad thing depends largely on personal taste. So let us know yours, and elaborate in comments if you'd like.

About the author

Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."


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