Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson urge TV manufacturers to get rid of motion smoothing
Motion smoothing has always been an area of controversy between television manufacturers and filmmakers. New reports in SlashFilm state that directors Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson have begun a dialogue with television manufacturers to ensure that viewers get to experience the film the way directors intended to make it. A director’s survey may also administer a new ‘reference mode’, stated the report.
Most manufacturers operate the motion smoothing or motion interpolation mode primarily for sports shows which have very swift movements being captured on-screen. The motion smoothing feature, corrects high definition pictures of fast-moving blurry images by processing each frame at a time, guessing the frame that might have gone in between the two. This, in turn gives the entire clip, what is called a ‘soap opera effect’ with the characters seeming ‘too real’.
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