The Internet is Freaking Out About Tom Cruise's Motion Smoothing PSA

Tom Cruise breaks silence on the 'soap opera effect' and we couldn't be happier

Tom Cruise is doing his part to make your movie-watching experience the best it can be (and promote his latest film).

Millions of Britons bought HD-ready televisions over the past decade on the promise of being able to enjoy their favourite programmes in superior picture quality.

CNET's written about the Soap Opera Effect in the past (this is a good article about it), and we agree wholeheartedly regarding turning off motion smoothing while watching films (it has its goal for other content, such as sporting events).

They are right. It will make that film and any movie look like the filmmakers intended it (unless you are watching The Hobbit, which was disgracefully shot in 3D at 48 frames per second).

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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The actor appeared in a video posted to Twitter, alongside director Christopher McQuarrie, warning of the impact of "video interpolation" or "motion smoothing", a technique used to smooth moving images on modern televisions - most commonly used to improve the viewing of sport.

"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".

As McQuarrie puts it, "without a side-by-side comparison, many people can't quite put their finger on why the movie they're watching looks unusual".

The PSA was filmed by the pair on set their upcoming collaboration, Top Gun: Maverick. In the video, they suggest googling "turn off motion smoothing [your brand of TV here]". Cruise is also gearing up to star in the film Luna Park.

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