Everyone is digging Tom Cruise’s PSA about motion smoothing

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But high-definition widescreen TVs could be ruining your movie nights, according to one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Tom Cruise just partnered up with Christopher McQuarrie to teach people how to turn this annoying feature off. In order to achieve a smoother picture, your TV will process individual frames, but will have to guess what the frame that goes between them should look like, reports the Independent. In a short video message, Cruise appears alongside Mission: Impossible - Fallout and Top Gun: Maverick director Christopher McQuarrie to implore - nay, demand! - that you turn off your TV's motion smoothing.

They wanted to inform audiences that when enjoying Mission: Impossible - Fallout, as well as other action films, home TVs are set in such a way that detracts from the filmmakers original intent.

Motion smoothing, also known as the "soap opera effect", involves adding artificial frames into footage to remove the motion blur of fast-moving objects.

"If you own a modern high-definition television", he said, "there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the filmmakers intended, and the ability for you to do so is not simple to access".

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

She suggested manufacturers could work with broadcasters to detect when sports coverage was being watched, and change the TV settings accordingly. But most films are still shot at 24fps.

Cruise and McQuarrie acknowledge that it can be hard to navigate how to change the setting, so they're working with manufacturers to make it easier out of the gate.

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