Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing

Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing. HDTVs that have the feature insert (i.e., interpolate) frames that didn't exist in the source video to smooth out the action.

"It takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video camera", wrote American director Reed Morano, who started a petition calling for TV makers to turn the setting off.

In the video, which was shared by Tom Cruise on Twitter, he explains that most TVs have something known as "Video interpolation", more commonly known as motion smoothing, which The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson once referred to as "liquid diarrhea.".

In an era when many people would rather wait until a movie is released on Blu-ray or digital to watch at home, since the home viewing experience has dramatically improved in recent years, it's a shame to think that they're not seeing Tom Cruise running in the best looking way possible. "We're talking to you from the set of Top Gun: Maverick", says Cruise before McQuarrie chimes in: "We're very proud to present Mission: Impossible - Fallout and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest possible effect, just as you would in a theatre".

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McQuarrie added, "If you own a modern high-definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended".

Further complicating the matter is the fact that different brands have different names for what amounts to motion smoothing or motion interpolation. 24fps is the standard in the film industry, and is key to achieving a "cinematic" look.

Broadcasters have started to film sport at higher frame-rates, with Premier League matches shot at up to 50 frames per second.

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