Tom Cruise hits out at 'motion smoothing' on high definition TVs

Tom Cruise and Christopher Mc Quarrie – Top Gun Maverick set

Viewers have also complained that the action looks "too real" and excessively sharp.

Video interpo-what? McQuarrie went on to explain that video interpolation, or "motion smoothing", is a digital effect that is meant to "reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high-def programming".

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.

Something is keeping movie star Tom Cruise up at night: motion smoothing. "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".

McQuarrie chimed in, expressing his concern about motion smoothing: "If you own a modern high definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the film maker intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access".

But the message, filmed from the set of Cruise's "Top Gun: Maverick", is delivered with such importance that you'd think the two were campaigning to end world hunger. He, and director Christopher McQuarrie want you to know that the motion smoothing feature on your television is bad and you should turn it off.

It means the average viewer finds it too hard to turn off - and many realise something looks unusual without being able to pinpoint what it is. "Turning it off requires navigating a set of menus with interpolation often referred to by another brand name". In the video, they suggest googling "turn off motion smoothing [your brand of TV here]".

In the meantime, the pair recommends a quick internet search to find step-by-step instructions on how to disable the setting.



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