Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible director Chris McQuarrie have some useful tips about how to eliminate that annoying “video interpolation” feature on high-def TVs.
Video interpolation, aka motion smoothing, aka “the soap opera effect,” is a technique that artificially adds additional frames to the moving image in order to prevent blurring – something that helps when watching something such as live sporting events – but “makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video instead of film,” says Cruise. So Cruise and McQuarrie took a break from filming on the set of Top Gun: Maverick to explain how to turn it off.
“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” said McQuarrie. “Filmmakers are working with manufacturers to to change the way video interpolation is activated on your television, giving you easier access and greater choice on when to use this feature,” added Cruise.
In the meantime, McQuarrie says people should turn off the feature. Watch the informative how-to video below.