Everyone is digging Tom Cruise’s PSA about motion smoothing

Tom Cruise Is Here to Tell You to Turn Off Your TV's Motion Smoothing Setting Damn It

Anyway, because both Cruise and McQuarrie are just so passionate about this issue, they took a break from filming "Top Gun: Maverick" to tell you that if you do happen to watch "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" - which, hey Cruise starred in and McQuarrie directed - that you should dig into your television settings and turn off this feature.

Tom Cruise appeared alongside Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie in a Twitter video Tuesday with an extremely wise home theater suggestion: When watching movies at home, you should turn off your TV's motion smoothing setting. It's instantly noticeable when you go to someone else's house and Inception looks like Eastenders, but if you're used to it, you might not know it's a setting you can change.

They said filmmakers were already working with manufacturers to change the way the feature was presented and activated on TVs, which they suggest would give users greater access and choice over when to use it.

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. "To that end, we'd like a moment of your time to talk about video interpolation", said Cruise. "This is sometimes referred to as the 'soap opera effect'".

The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film.

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing.

"On behalf of everyone who works so hard to bring you the very best motion picture experience, thank you very much", Cruise concludes.



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