Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing

Tom Cruise and Christopher Mc Quarrie – Top Gun Maverick set Tom Cruise breaks silence on the 'soap opera effect' and we couldn't be happier
Adrian Cunningham | 06 December, 2018, 07:01

Tom Cruise feels passionately about motion smoothing - that is, turning it off to enjoy his (and others") movies "properly'. Hence the nickname for this infamous technology: the soap opera effect. The something in question is regarding TV settings, more specifically the default settings on modern TVs that will leave your attractive movies and TV shows looking like a low quality soap opera. "It makes 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.

"If you own a modern high-definition television there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way filmmakers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple for you to access", McQuarrie added. While McQuarrie wanted to amplify the conversation about motion smoothing, he told CNET he doesn't want to come across as a film snob or taking a shot at the feature. Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie say that you must turn this effect off to watch Mission Impossible Fallout, which is being released today for home viewing. It's most useful when watching sport. McQuarrie advises viewers to Google how to disable motion smoothing.

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On most TVs, motion smoothing controls are under advanced picture settings, and each manufacturer has a different name for it. One place you won't see Cruise anymore is in a Jack Reacher movie or television series. Some readers complained Cruise wasn't suited to play the part.

The PSA was filmed by the pair on set their upcoming collaboration, Top Gun: Maverick. Cruise is also gearing up to star in the film Luna Park.