That’s why movies on TV are getting shorter | TechBook

Running Movies on TV that you have already seen in the cinema, they are often shorter. Our brain does not play a joke on us: movies actually have a shorter duration on TV. While one would first assume that single, possibly inappropriate scenes are simply deleted, this is primarily due to a technical peculiarity.


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Ironically, comedian and TV veteran Bastian Pastewka noticed some time ago in a Hollywood blockbuster that this is significantly shorter on television compared to the official movie version: On Twitter, the 45-year-old pointed out that the airtime of “James Bond 007: Skyfall “at a recent broadcast on ZDF was only 130 instead of 143 minutes. So were scenes shortened or cut out here?

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Different playback standards

ZDF editor Frank Baloch clarified in a reply tweet to Pastewka and says: No! Movies are always shot at 24 frames per second, but on German television they are traditionally broadcast at 25 frames per second. By showing one more picture per second, the movie is “accelerated”, so to speak, and the total runtime is reduced by four percent – this can lead to a difference of several minutes for full-length feature films. Other maturity differences may arise from the fact that the credits are reduced.

The result is quite simple from the difference cinema 24 frames per second to TV 25fps. The 1st frame of the second second is assigned to the first, the last 2 of the 3rd second of the second, etc. All movies are in the cinema a few minutes longer than on TV. Nothing was cut

– Frank Baloch (@balochfr) January 9, 2018

Reason for this shortening of the runtime is the widespread PAL color transmission in Europe, which shows 25 frames per second as standard. In the US, however, the NTSC color transfer system is used, which at just under 30 frames per second, but also not the cinema standard. There cinema films must be converted due to the large picture difference by means of a complicated process for the TV broadcast.

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