For years, we've been trying to warn the public about TV motion interpolation and the resulting "soap opera effect," but in the end, one of Hollywood's biggest celebrities needed on Twitter to grab attention. On Dec. 4, Tom Cruise issued the following PSA and it became viral:
I take a short break from filming to tell you how best to do Mission: Impossible Fallout (or a popular movie) at home to be able to see. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA
̵1; Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018
The Mission Impossible star has successfully successfully completed one of the core tasks of Digital Trends Completed By breaking down a complex tech theme in a meaningful and easy-to-understand way. At the time of release, the video tweet had received fewer than 5 million views in just 48 hours.
Motion Energy Interpolation is a technology designed to compensate for time-lapse and eliminate blurry images on televisions. For example, sports programs tend to have extremely fast-paced content, but because television is delivered at a relatively slow frame rate, all of these fast-paced movements can become a blurry mess. The motion interpolation essentially fills the gaps between video frames by using intelligent digital guesswork as to which image should lie between these frames. The result is a much smoother picture with less blur. While this technology looks good for sports, it destroys movies and most TV shows.
In particular, films are recorded at 24 frames per second. This practice goes back to the time films were shown and displayed on film. So we are used to seeing them – that is how it has been for decades. Movies have a certain cadence, and when that cadence is changed, most viewers are immediately alerted. The motion interpolation destroys the cadence we are used to, and the result is a movie that looks more like it was taken with a video camera, hence the term "soap opera effect."
Despite the realization that motion interpolation is a put Most major TV manufacturers deliver their TVs by default with the feature enabled, at least in the "default" and "living" image presets that most people use. Motion interpolation is usually disabled in the Movie or Cinema image modes. However, as these modes tend to be weaker than their counterparts, they are not used that often. A Vizio spokesman quickly pointed out to Digital Trends that all its motion-interpolated TV sets were switched off for all image modes.
If you want to know more about the effect of the soap opera More importantly, how to turn it off on your TV, here at Digital Trends we have everything you need to know about it.