Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Tom Cruise Is Here to Deliver Some Really Great Movie-Watching Advice

Tom Cruise Is Here to Deliver Some Really Great Movie-Watching Advice

The star of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" was joined by the movie's director, Chris McQuarrie, in a video posted Tuesday explaining what motion smoothing on high-definition TVs is, and why movie fans should turn it off.

That's why Cruise said filmmakers are working with TV manufacturers to give audiences "greater choice over when to use this feature".

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The video sent ripples through Hollywood, with many praising Cruise and McQuarrie for their efforts. Maybe Tom Cruise teach them how to switch the input from "cable" to "HDMI" next. HDTVs that have the feature insert (i.e., interpolate) frames that didn't exist in the source video to smooth out the action.

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As Fallout hits Blu-ray and DVD this week, the pair have released a short clip warning about the "motion smoothing" interpolation setting that tends to be automatically activated on lots of HD TVs.

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".

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. But until then, Cruise and McQuarrie say, Google how to turn of "motion smoothing" on whatever brand of TV you have.

The PSA video was welcomed with thanks and appreciation from home movie-watchers and filmmakers everywhere.

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