Qube Cinema delivers HFR 3D technology for 'Hobbit' premiere
Qube Cinema provided the High Frame Rate (HFR) server technology for the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on the Titan XC screen at the Reading Courtenay theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 28. The Qube equipment was also used for the London premiere at the Empire Leicester Square on Dec. 12.
The Qube XP-I server was chosen to stream a high-bit-rate DCP at 48 fps stereoscopic 3D to two Qube Xi Integrated Media Blocks (IMBs). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film to be distributed at this new higher frame rate, among all of the standard formats.
The system streamed a single DCP of the film at 48 fps with a bit rate of 450 Mbps to the Qube IMBs in two Barco DP2K-32B projectors, along with 7.1 audio channels (in Wellington) and Dolby Atmos sound (in London).
Qube first demonstrated its HFR 3D, multi-IMB synch technology at CinemaCon in Las Vegas last May.