Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

But the message, filmed from the set of Cruise's "Top Gun: Maverick", is delivered with such importance that you'd think the two were campaigning to end world hunger.

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. Cruise and McQuarrie spoke of the dangers of motion smoothing, particularly for fans interested in seeing movies as the filmmakers intended, and provided a quick lesson about how to change the settings on your TV to disable the built-in feature. It's instantly noticeable when you go to someone else's house and Inception looks like Eastenders, but if you're used to it, you might not know it's a setting you can change.

Nope, it's all about that "video interpolation".

It's mainly meant to reduce motion blur in sports and live events, and Americans certainly like to watch those, so there is some justification for the setting.

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Motion smoothing, also known as video interpolation, is a digital effect included on your home television that may be making your film-watching experience less than ideal. Maybe Tom Cruise teach them how to switch the input from "cable" to "HDMI" next.

"The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high speed video rather than film", Cruise says.

The video encourages users to search online for how to turn off motion smoothing for their brand of TV in order to watch movies "exactly as the filmmakers intended".

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