Tom Cruise gives lesson in TV settings and 'motion smoothing'

Lewis Collier
December 6, 2018

Tom Cruise feels passionately about motion smoothing - that is, turning it off to enjoy his (and others") movies "properly'. "This is sometimes referred to as the 'soap opera effect, '" Cruise explains.

TheMission Impossible star, 56, said a setting known as "motion smoothing" ruins films because it makes them "look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film".

Tom Cruise appeared alongside Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie in a Twitter video Tuesday with an extremely wise home theater suggestion: When watching movies at home, you should turn off your TV's motion smoothing setting.

They continued to share the fact that Hollywood is working with TV manufacturers to make motion smoothing easier to turn off.

"Video interpolation, or motion smoothing, is a digital effect on most high definition televisions and is meant to reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high definition programming".

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

"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.

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. One place you won't see Cruise anymore is in a Jack Reacher movie or television series.

In his tweet, Cruise wrote that he was "taking a quick break from filming" - he's now at work on the "Top Gun: Maverick" sequel - to address the subject.

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