Watch Tom Cruise's Impassioned PSA About the Dangers of Motion Smoothing


It's a matter close to Tom Cruise's heart and to your eyes. Viewers have also complained that the action looks "too real" and excessively sharp. The digital effect on most HDTVs, which relies on the addition of frames to a moving image, is meant to reduce motion blur in live sporting events or other high definition programming.

The unfortunate side effect is that [motion smoothing] makes most movies look like they are shot on high-speed video rather than film.

It's a technology that the majority may leave on on their TV settings and some will claim turning off brings no discernible difference (decide for yourself below) to watching content, but actor Tom Cruise wants you to enjoy how content how he and his film industry contemporaries intended it to look - without motion smoothing. But while it's great for sports, it tends to make movies and TV shows look like garbage.

In a PSA recently published on Twitter, Cruise and Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie tackle the soap opera effect.

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McQuarrie chimed in, expressing his concern about motion smoothing: "If you own a modern high definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the film maker intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access".

Your TV's motion smoothing setting is probably buried somewhere in its video menu.

On most TVs, motion smoothing controls are under advanced picture settings, and each manufacturer has a different name for it.

Until that day comes, they shared tips on how to best find your television's motion smoothing settings. Some readers complained Cruise wasn't suited to play the part. In this movie, Cruise reprises his role as Maverick from the 1986 film Top Gun.