Cruise: Turn off ‘mo­tion smooth­ing’

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TOM Cruise has de­clared war on mod­ern flatscreen de­vices. He has called on ev­ery­one to turn off a de­fault set­ting on most mod­ern TVs.

The set­ting known as “mo­tion smooth­ing” is de­signed to make fast­mov­ing im­ages from sport and videogames look less blurry, by putting in ar­ti­fi­cial frames.

Dur­ing a “quick break” from film­ing a Top Gun se­quel he posted a video to his 6.6mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers “to tell you the best way to watch Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble Fall­out at home”.

Ap­pear­ing with Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble di­rec­tor Christo­pher McQuar­rie, he said: “The un­for­tu­nate side-ef­fect is that [mo­tion blur­ring] makes most videos look like they were shot on high­speed video rather than film. This is some­times re­ferred to as the ‘soap opera ef­fect’”.

Cruise, 56, went on to ex­plain that most high-def­i­ni­tion TVs come with mo­tion blur­ring al­ready on.

Switch­ing it off, he said, means strug­gling to nav­i­gate menus which are dif­fer­ent for each brand of tele­vi­sion, and even ap­pear un­der dif­fer­ent names such as “in­ter­po­la­tion” or “mo­tion com­pen­sa­tion”.

It means the av­er­age viewer finds it too dif­fi­cult to turn off – and many re­alise some­thing looks strange with­out be­ing able to pin­point what it is. He said film­mak­ers are now “work­ing with man­u­fac­tur­ers to change the way video in­ter­po­la­tion is ac­ti­vated on your TV, giv­ing you eas­ier ac­cess and greater choice”.

Mo­tion blur­ring gives film the ‘soap opera ef­fect’

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