Monday, 10 December, 2018

Tom Cruise gives lesson in TV settings and 'motion smoothing'

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Julia Gonzales | 06 December, 2018, 07:03

Tom Cruise just partnered up with Christopher McQuarrie to teach people how to turn this annoying feature off. It's also been dubbed the "soap opera effect", given that it makes HD, big-budget movies look a lot like cheaply made daytime soap operas.

For those unaware, "motion smoothing" aims to reduce motion blur while watching sporting events and other live programming, but a side effect of this is that when watching films or television shows, the image looks like a soap opera.

"The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video, rather than on film", Cruise explained in the video. HDTVs that have the feature insert (i.e., interpolate) frames that didn't exist in the source video to smooth out the action.

Yes. Video interpolation is often turned on by default in many TVs, so it's already engaged when you unbox the TV and turn it on for the first time.

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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'.

Did you know that you needed 87 seconds of Tom Cruise, human actor, explaining motion smoothing? Cruise and McQuarrie recommended that consumers do an internet search to find out how to disable motion smoothing on their HDTV sets.

As McQuarrie puts it, "without a side-by-side comparison, many people can't quite put their finger on why the movie they're watching looks odd".

On most TVs, motion smoothing controls are under advanced picture settings, and each manufacturer has a different name for it. Some readers complained Cruise wasn't suited to play the part. In the original film he plays a fighter pilot trying to secure the top pilot spot and win the heart of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood, played by actress Kelly McGillis.

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