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Tom Cruise Is Here to Deliver Some Really Great Movie-Watching Advice

Tom Cruise Is Here to Deliver Some Really Great Movie-Watching Advice”

This unfortunate and often default setting on TVs is something many people don't even know exists, but can make modern movies look awful.

Motion smoothing, aka "the soap opera effect" or video interpolation, is created to reduce blur in high-motion video, like live sports.

The problem with motion smoothing is that it creates frames that aren't in the original picture.

Still, one might argue that because sports look just fine without it, and the setting has the effect of making most movies and TV shows look like they were shot on your iPhone, it should be kept off - at least as a default.

"If you own a modern high-definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access", McQuarrie said. In a video with Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Chris McQuarrie, Cruise taught viewers about "video interpolation", which many fans may know as the easier-to-spell term "motion smoothing". He has called on everyone to turn off a default setting on most modern TVs - saying it makes his films look like a cheap soap opera.

Until that day comes, they shared tips on how to best find your television's motion smoothing settings.

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.

Motion smoothing, which goes by different names depending on your TV manufacturer, does exactly what the name suggests - smooths out video. Luckily, Cruise and McQuarrie stood side-by-side on the set of Top Gun Maverick to inform the masses about this effect, and how to disable it should they so choose. The film is being rebooted for television, but Cruise won't be part of it.



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