Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Tom Cruise wants you to turn off motion smoothing

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Stacy Diaz | 06 December, 2018, 07:00

Tom Cruise is doing his part to make your movie-watching experience the best it can be (and promote his latest film). The digital effect on most HDTVs, which relies on the addition of frames to a moving image, is meant to reduce motion blur in live sporting events or other high definition programming. This unfortunate and often default setting on TVs is something many people don't even know exists, but can make modern movies look awful. It's the feature in your TV that makes things look kind of smooth.

Well we're about to wrap up another Tuesday here, but before you go, Tom Cruise wants you to know something.

In a passionate video posted to Twitter, the "Mission Impossible" actor appeared alongside screenwriter, director and producer Christopher McQuarrie to explain the feature. "Most HD TVs come with this feature already on, by 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.

People also loved the Cruise-McQuarrie PSA pairing more than they would have ever thought.

On most TVs, motion smoothing controls are under advanced picture settings, and each manufacturer has a different name for it.

In the meantime, the pair recommends a quick internet search to find step-by-step instructions on how to disable the setting. One place you won't see Cruise anymore is in a Jack Reacher movie or television series. In the original film he plays a fighter pilot trying to secure the top pilot spot and win the heart of his flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood, played by actress Kelly McGillis.