Future TVs Will Feature Filmmaker Setting to Easily Remove Dreaded Motion Smoothing
Finally somebody is doing something about the dreaded Motion Smoothing setting on televisions.
Filmmakers, movie fans, and just about everyone else with proper taste have long taken issue with motion smoothing and other forms of video processing on modern televisions. The concept was initially developed for sports and video game play, where fast movement on screen was “smoothed out” to remove some of the blurriness. However, since becoming a default setting, everything from TV shows to movies are now being displayed with the effect, much to the chagrin of just about everybody who has the sense to notice.
Now, the industry has come together to make it easier for viewers to watch their works as originally (and often painstakingly) intended. The UHD Alliance, an industry group that unites Hollywood studios with consumer electronics companies and other stakeholders, unveiled a new TV setting called “Filmmaker Mode” at a press event in Los Angeles.
“Modern televisions have extraordinary technical capabilities, and it is important that we harness these new technologies to ensure that the home viewer sees our work presented as closely as possible to our original creative intentions,” said filmmaker Christopher Nolan in a statement.
LG, Vizio and Panasonic have all committed to supporting the setting, with Vizio already declaring on Tuesday that it would add the feature to its 2020 smart TVs.
These new TVs will allow viewers the option to turn off all video post-processing, enabling them to watch content with their original aspect ratios, color saturation, and frame rates.
Filmmaker Mode is also being supported by Amazon, Universal and Warner Bros., among others. Additionally, a number of filmmakers including James Cameron, Ryan Coogler, Paul Thomas Anderson, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay and Ang Lee voiced their support for the new setting in a video produced by the UHD Alliance: