Image: 20th Century Studios

Avatar and Titanic are returning to theaters, and they are expected to look better than ever.

As detailed in a recent press release, Pixelworks, Inc. is working with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment to remaster Avatar and Titanic using its award-winning TrueCut Motion platform. The platform includes the industry’s first “end-to-end Motion Grading solution for controlling motion blur, judder, and eliminating the ‘soap opera’ effect,” a dreaded problem in which the cinematic look is ruined or lost.

TrueCut Motion works regardless of what frame rate the video was originally shot at, according to an explanation from Pixelworks.

TrueCut Motion technology provides filmmakers with a visual palette of cinematic motion looks that goes beyond anything previously possible. While motion pictures have seen tremendous improvements in picture performance, with higher resolution, higher dynamic range and more colors, the motion look has remained unchanged for close to a hundred years. TrueCut Motion technology allows filmmakers to dial in the motion, with any source frame rate, shot by shot, in post-production. The TrueCut Motion platform then ensures that these creative choices are delivered consistently across every screen, whether in the theater or the home.

“We’re bringing AVATAR and TITANIC back to the big screen, looking better in every way,” said James Cameron. “We will be presenting both films in 4K with high dynamic range visuals and have been working with Pixelworks’ TrueCut Motion platform to remaster the films in high frame rate, while keeping the cinematic look of the original.”

“Lightstorm is once again extending the boundaries of the cinematic experience, and we are ecstatic to be a part of that,” said Richard Miller, GM of TrueCut at Pixelworks. “After experiencing these remastered versions of AVATAR and TITANIC, we believe more and more filmmakers will be excited to take advantage of motion grading with TrueCut Motion technology.”

It’s unclear what frame rate Cameron is targeting for his remastered versions of Avatar and Titanic. The possibilities include 48 FPS, 60 FPS, or even 120 FPS.

Avatar: The Way of Water will be offered in a variety of formats when it releases in December, including 3D, 4K, and 48 FPS.

Source: Pixelworks

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  1. I... I GUESS I get it for Avatar... experimenting with AI on Digital assets is fun...

    But for Titanic? The REASON Titanic was a billion dollar+ movie was because of all of the ladies seeing the tragic love story a bazillion freaking times. It was NOT for the amazing high speed special effects.
  2. But for Titanic?
    It's just a marketing ploy to play on all that nostalgia and give people a reason to go back into the theater to watch it again.

    Yeah, the movie wasn't meant for it, but it wouldn't get nearly as much in ticket sales if they didn't have some gimmick to make you want to go back and pay for another ticket.
  3. People bitched when Peter Jackson did The Hobbit at 48 fps because it didn't look "film like". As if a 100+ year old tech limitation (24 fps) is the gold standard of video reproduction. Maybe we should get rid of the soundtrack because "talkies" aren't true to the cinematic experience.

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