Technology doesn’t always bring the best experience of something, at least not in watching DVD. Tom Cruise has brought to light how modern TVs would spoil movies with “video interpolation” or “motion smoothing,” or better known as the “soap opera effect.”
In a video shared on his Twitter page on Tuesday, December 4, the action movie star took a break from filming “Top Gun: Maverick” to address the said TV technology with “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie. While he opened the clip with a smile, he turned serious when talking about the side effect of motion smoothing.
“Video interpolation or motion smoothing is a digital effect on most high definition televisions and is intended to reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high definition programs,” McQuarrie said. Cruise continued, “The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film.”
“Without a side-by-side comparison many people can’t quite put their finger on why the movie they’re watching looks strange,” McQuarrie explained. And unbeknownst to most people, this effect is already turned on by default on most TVs.
The two then urged viewers to search on the internet how to turn off the feature on their TVs which may be different based on the TV brands.
Cruise released the PSA just in time for the release of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” DVD and Blu-ray on December 4. The sixth installment in the film franchise, which also stars Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson (II), grossed $791 million worldwide after it was released on theaters last summer.
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