Everyone is digging Tom Cruise’s PSA about motion smoothing

06 December, 2018, 07:03 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Tom Cruise and Christopher Mc Quarrie – Top Gun Maverick set

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing.

Cruise is correct. Motion smoothing-often referred to as the "soap opera effect"-is meant to "reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high definition programs", and according to McQuarrie, goes by a number of different names". Unfortunately, this setting has some undesirable side-effects, like making "most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film", otherwise known as "the Soap Opera effect", said Cruise.

The setting known as "motion smoothing" is created to make fast-moving images from sport and videogames look less blurry, by putting in artificial frames.

The video encourages users to search online for how to turn off motion smoothing for their brand of TV in order to watch movies "exactly as the filmmakers intended".

The setting that causes this heinous effect is something called motion smoothing, something that's turned on by default on most new TVs for some reason.


People also loved the Cruise-McQuarrie PSA pairing more than they would have ever thought.

"If you own a modern high-definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended", McQuarrie said.

In a passionate video posted to Twitter, the "Mission Impossible" actor appeared alongside screenwriter, director and producer Christopher McQuarrie to explain the feature.

Motion smoothing, which goes by different names depending on your TV manufacturer, does exactly what the name suggests - smooths out video.

Until that day comes, they shared tips on how to best find your television's motion smoothing settings. The film is being rebooted for television, but Cruise won't be part of it.

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