Everyone Loves Tom Cruise's PSA About Motion Blurring on High-Definition TVs

06 December, 2018, 07:02 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Actor Tom Cruise left and director Chris McQuarrie

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing. Viewers have also complained that the action looks "too real" and excessively sharp.

Motion smoothing, aka "the soap opera effect" or video interpolation, is created to reduce blur in high-motion video, like live sports.

However, Cruise warned that the feature has an "unfortunate side-effect", which is to make "most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film". In order to achieve a smoother picture, your TV will process individual frames, but will have to guess what the frame that goes between them should look like, reports the Independent.

We can hope. In the meantime, your mission is clear: Google how to turn off the motion smoothing or interpolation on your TV and turn it off before you watch any more films on it. Listen to the movie people on this - they know of what they speak. Cruise and McQuarrie recommended that consumers do an internet search to find out how to disable motion smoothing on their HDTV sets.

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The actor appeared in a video posted to Twitter, alongside director Christopher McQuarrie, warning of the impact of "video interpolation" or "motion smoothing", a technique used to smooth moving images on modern televisions - most commonly used to improve the viewing of sport.

Mr McQuarrie added: 'If you own a modern high-definition television there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way film-makers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple to access'. Different TV makers call it by different names, including Sony's MotionFlow, Samsung's Auto Motion Plus and LG's TruMotion.

Cruise is now filming Top Gun: Maverick, which is expected to be released in 2020. In this movie, Cruise reprises his role as Maverick from the 1986 film Top Gun.

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