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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