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Tom Cruise's Impassioned Twitter Plea May Solve A Common Problem

06 December 2018

High definition television was meant to bring a viewing revolution but now the backlash has begun, led by Tom Cruise. It's also been dubbed the "soap opera effect", given that it makes HD, big-budget movies look a lot like cheaply made daytime soap operas.

The "soap opera effect", AKA video interpolation or motion smoothing, is a default setting on most HDTVs that adds additional frames between the existing ones to sharpen the images on TV.

The unfortunate side effect is that [motion smoothing] makes most movies look like they are shot on high-speed video rather than film.

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McQuarrie chimed in, expressing his concern about motion smoothing: "If you own a modern high definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the film maker intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access".

In a passionate video posted to Twitter, the "Mission Impossible" actor appeared alongside screenwriter, director and producer Christopher McQuarrie to explain the feature.

Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise is passionate about Scientology, acting, and stopping the use of motion smoothing.

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

It means the average viewer finds it too hard to turn off - and many realise something looks odd without being able to pinpoint what it is.

Further complicating the matter is the fact that different brands have different names for what amounts to motion smoothing or motion interpolation.

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Taking a break from filming the new Top Gun film, he appeared alongside director Christopher McQuarrie, who pleads with viewers to do a quick internet search and find out how to change the correct settings.

Tom Cruise's Impassioned Twitter Plea May Solve A Common Problem