Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing


Scenes that directors meant to look cinematic often appear a little cheap, as if filmed for a low-budget soap opera.

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".

For those unaware, "motion smoothing" aims to reduce motion blur while watching sporting events and other live programming, but a side effect of this is that when watching films or television shows, the image looks like a soap opera. "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".

"If you own a modern high-definition television", he said, "there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple to access".

In the video, which was shared by Tom Cruise on Twitter, he explains that most TVs have something known as "Video interpolation", more commonly known as motion smoothing, which The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson once referred to as "liquid diarrhea.".

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Your TV's motion smoothing setting is probably buried somewhere in its video menu.

Apparently, filmmakers are working with TV manufacturers to change the way the feature is named and presented, so that people are actually aware of it and know how to turn it off. Cruise and McQuarrie recommended that consumers do an internet search to find out how to disable motion smoothing on their HDTV sets.

Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie are here to warn movie lovers about a danger they're very likely unaware of. In the video, they suggest googling "turn off motion smoothing [your brand of TV here]".

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