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Wannabe Geek

#196744 11-Jun-2016 01:16
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Hi there,

A couple of weeks back, we saw Captain America Civil War at Reading Cinemas New Lynn (Cinema 8 I think it was).

We found that during action scenes, the picture started to get really jerky. It was as though the frame rate was just dropping during scenes that would not compress well, i.e. Lots of rapid motion. Is this called strobing?

Anyway, it was bearable, but disappointing. This is a newly opened cinema so I wonder if their tech still has a few wrinkles to iron out.

Has anyone seen similar issues at this or other cinemas?

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  #1569850 11-Jun-2016 07:33
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Nope, not dropping frames , blame the director , it is intentional


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Wannabe Geek

  #1569925 11-Jun-2016 11:51
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Really? In the back of my mind I was wondering if it was an intentional effect, but I did a bit of Googling after seeing it and couldn't seem to find any other complaints along the same lines.

I would be amazed if something that looked so much like a technical fault I almost walked out of the cinema was not only intentional, but apparently didn't bother anyone else.

Any other Geekzoners notice this when watching Captain America Civil War?


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  #1569932 11-Jun-2016 12:11
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  #1569933 11-Jun-2016 12:13
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I didn't notice that (2D screening).

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  #1569946 11-Jun-2016 12:56
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Sadly digital cinema is still 24fps for the most part unless you've got something like 60fps 3D.


Whilst frames are shown twice for 48fps high speed action scenes can often look jerky if you're particularly sensitive.



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Wannabe Geek

  #1570069 11-Jun-2016 16:20
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Hmm, it's the third 2D movie I've seen at Reading Lynn Mall and the others didn't seem to me to have the problem.

It reminded me of when you're trying to play a PC game but your hardware isn't coping so it starts dropping frames and looking jerky. I thought it might just be a combination of the video format and the cinema's hardware.

Either that or maybe it was an intentional effect like camera shake or lens flare that the director thought was a good idea that happened to be particularly jarring to me.

I guess I just need to decide if I want to give this place any more money and risk another crappy viewing. Interestingly I think they have a policy requiring people to report problems within the first 15 minutes to qualify for a refund.

The very fact they have this policy might suggest I'm not the only one with this type of complaint.

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  #1571000 13-Jun-2016 13:31
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Didn't notice it myself during the same movie at the same cinema!


...I am usually fairly sensitive to these sorts of things as well.



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  #1571029 13-Jun-2016 14:01
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I went to TMNT at Reading Cinemas the palms in Christchurch, did seem a bit choppy when objects / the camera was moving fast

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