Published: Wed, December 05, 2018

Tom Cruise hits out at 'motion smoothing' on high definition TVs

Tom Cruise hits out at 'motion smoothing' on high definition TVs

In an impassioned video posted on Twitter, Cruise, appearing with Mission Impossible director Christopher McQuarrie, said: "Most HD TVs come with this feature already on, by default, and turning it off requires navigating a set of menus with interpolation often referred to by another brand name". Cruise and McQuarrie mention that Hollywood is in talks with TV manufacturers to get them to rethink how video interpolation is accessed, hopefully leading to more viewers seeing films and TV shows as they were meant to be seen. "We're very proud to present Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest possible effect, just as you would in a theater", McQuarrie told fans who plan on watching the film at home now that it's available on DVD.

The video sent ripples through Hollywood, with many praising Cruise and McQuarrie for their efforts.

Tom Cruise has stepped up the fight against motion smoothing. HDTVs that have the feature insert (i.e., interpolate) frames that didn't exist in the source video to smooth out the action.

Tom Cruise says that your TV's motion smoothing effect, the one that makes everything look like a soap opera, is crap and you should disable it.


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

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 odd".

Immediately after Cruise and McQuarrie's PSA went live, filmmakers like Rian Johnson, Mindy Kaling, and Ben Stiller, as well as regular internet people, began chiming in to thank them for sharing.

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