Cruise: Turn off ‘motion smoothing’
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’