For several years, movie watchers and filmmakers alike have complained about the” soap opera effect.” Tom Cruise just partnered up with Christopher McQuarrie to teach people how to turn off this annoying feature.
The “soap opera effect,” AKA video interpolation or motion smoothing, is a default setting on most HDTVs that adds additional frames between the existing ones to sharpen the images on TV.
Writer and director of the two most recent Mission Impossible installments, Christopher McQuarrie, described the effect.
“Video interpolation, or motion smoothing, is a digital effect on most high definition televisions and is intended to reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high definition programming.”
Cruise continued the description saying,
“The unfortunate side effect is that it makes most movies look like they were shot on high-speed video rather than film.”
I’m taking a quick break from filming to tell you the best way to watch Mission: Impossible Fallout (or any movie you love) at home. pic.twitter.com/oW2eTm1IUA
— Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) December 4, 2018
The PSA was filmed by the pair on the set of their upcoming collaboration, Top Gun: Maverick.
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.
They continued to share the fact that Hollywood is working with TV manufacturers to make motion smoothing easier to turn off.
Until that day comes, they shared tips on how to best find your television’s motion smoothing settings.
The PSA video was welcomed with thanks and appreciation from home movie-watchers and filmmakers everywhere.
— DANNYonPC #NotMyTTK (@DANNYonPC) December 5, 2018
You're doing god's work, Tom Cruise. Motion smoothing is so terrible looking and bad for movies that I'm compelled to turn it off wherever I see it engaged, including hotel rooms and bars and lounges and conference rooms. It's become a crusade! https://t.co/HtBsWG4nRp
— Sean Finnegan (@shotbyfinnegan) December 5, 2018
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 5, 2018
Is it bad that Tom Cruise getting rid of motion smoothing on HDTVs is the impossible mission I’m MOST excited about? https://t.co/N2FI92ury9
— Dan Murrell (@MurrellDan) December 4, 2018
On Samsung TVs, it's called AutoMotion Plus, and I'm the crazy person who fixes it on every television I come in contact with whether it's in a waiting room, at my husband's co-worker's house, or in a physical store. I have no shame. pic.twitter.com/CM1aSTxp0F
— SCGirl_at_Heart (@scgirl_at_heart) December 5, 2018
My life’s work is turning off motion smoothing on every tv at every AirBnB I stay at. https://t.co/qCF528tS98
— Sacha Judd (@szechuan) December 5, 2018
People also loved the Cruise-McQuarrie PSA pairing more than they would have ever thought.
This might be, for some odd reason, the greatest PSA ever. https://t.co/8FkAiQHnDc
— T.S.Suresh (@editorsuresh) December 5, 2018
I guess this means I would watch a whole movie of Tom Cruise explaining frame interpolation because that was a goddamn delight.
What is this new genre of video? I'm here for it. 100% https://t.co/QyZ5nwHbir
— natalie tran (@natalietran) December 4, 2018
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 5, 2018
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 4, 2018
Don’t forget, the easiest way to find out how to turn this feature off is to search,
“Turn off motion smoothing [your brand of TV here].”