Everyone is digging Tom Cruise’s PSA about motion smoothing

Lawrence Kim
December 6, 2018

Alongside director Chris McQuarrie, he's spoken out against the ills of motion-blurring on high-definition television sets.

Called motion smoothing or 'the soap opera effect, ' Cruise is completely right that it's a awful setting and should be turned off.

However, Cruise warned that the feature has an "unfortunate side-effect", which is to make "most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film".

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. While most movies are shot in 24 frames per second, motion smoothing works to insert extra frames between the ones that have been shot to, as the name suggests, smooth the motion across the screen. If you do a Google search for your particular make and model and "motion smoothing", you'll probably quickly find out exactly how to turn it on and off.

Whether it will prove to be an impossible mission to get to the mainstream TV-owning audience to adjust their settings remains to be seen, but Cruise took to Twitter to share a video speaking about the pitfalls of motion smoothingwith director Christopher McQuarrie (Mission Impossible - Fallout and Top Gun - Maverick).

As McQuarrie puts it, "without a side-by-side comparison, many people can't quite put their finger on why the movie they're watching looks unusual". According to BBC, part of the reason is because the actor is lacking when it comes to height.

Cruise tweeted the PSA on Tuesday, and in the video, he and McQuarrie discuss the reasoning behind motion smoothing, and how interested viewers can turn the effect off to better enjoy their films. Cruise is also gearing up to star in the film Luna Park.

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