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Stop motion interpolation - it ruins movies

10 Nov 2014 | Rasmus Larsen |

That is the message of this petition. Reed Morano wants TV manufacturers to stop making “smooth motion” the default setting on every modern TV out there. It ruins movies and is not the original look intended by the filmmakers. And Reed is right.

In fact, it ruins more than movies

If you own a modern flat panel TV you have probably already seen “motion interpolation” in effect. The way it changes the video is often referred to as the “soap opera effect”. TV makers are trying to make movies and other content appear smoother by inserting – “interpolating” – extra, artificial picture frames into the video stream.

Or put another way; they are changing the way the movie looks. So is that really the TV maker’s job? Of course not.

Imagine sending a letter to your mother, and in the process someone opens it and puts in some extra words here and there. In essence this is the same thing. TVs are changing the movie maker’s message and work.

Stop motion interpolation


And really, Reed Morano just wants TV manufacturers to turn off “smooth motion” as the default setting. It can still be there as a setting option in the menu if you really, really want to use it.

- “We would like to request that the TVs come to the consumer with "smooth motion" turned off so they are seeing everything in its original look intended by the filmmakers.”

She also highlights the irony of it all, pointing out that the same TV manufacturers that are guilty of ruining movies are selling digital cameras with the 24 frames per second “cinematic film look”.

- “A further irony is also that some of the manufacturers of these HDTVs (Sony and Panasonic) also manufacture the high end digital cameras that shoot in 24fps to give a more cinematic "film" look and they are the very same people negating that artistic choice.”

Reed has started a petition to stop all this. So far, 8098 supporters have signed it. You can sign the online petition here. No matter the outcome of the petition this is a matter that more consumers should be aware of.



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