Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

What Is Motion Smoothing and Why Does Tom Cruise Hate It?

What Is Motion Smoothing and Why Does Tom Cruise Hate It?

Thankfully, there's a solution if your high-def TV has that feature, according to the screen idol and director.

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing. The duo went on to explain that most modern HD TVs come pre-programmed with this effect, so in order to watch movies and shows "as the filmmakers intended", you have to turn off the motion smoothing setting.

Tom Cruise has gone to war with a lot of things in his career, but the latest is something of a surprise: it's a setting on modern TVs that makes films look a bit rubbish.


Bottom line: A quick web search on how to disable motion smoothing for your TV's brand should provide the necessary steps to disable this (mostly annoying) feature. "Then I see the best television money can buy with a feature that inadvertently makes even the biggest budget productions look like they were shot for the lowest possible budget".

Now Cruise, the Mission: Impossible actor, is spearheading a Hollywood revolt against the so-called soap opera effect, urging manufacturers to change their default settings to ensure films can be... Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie say that you must turn this effect off to watch Mission Impossible Fallout, which is being released today for home viewing.

Further complicating the matter is the fact that different brands have different names for what amounts to motion smoothing or motion interpolation. It's most useful when watching sport. But most films are still shot at 24fps. Cruise and McQuarrie mention that Hollywood is in talks with TV manufacturers to get them to rethink how video interpolation is accessed, hopefully leading to more viewers seeing films and TV shows as they were meant to be seen.

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