TV manufacturers unite to tackle the scourge of smoothing movements

The UHD Alliance, a collection of companies working together to define display standards, has announced Filmmaker mode, a new TV setting designed to show movies as they were originally controlled, with as little post-processing as possible. Although the mode affects multiple settings, such as image speed, aspect ratio, over-scanning and noise reduction, the most important element is that it smoothes out the movement, causing that terrible & # 39; soap opera effect & # 39; which makes even the most expensive films look cheap. LG, Vizio and Panasonic have all shown an interest in including the new mode in their TVs.


Of course, it has always been possible to disable this setting (we have a guide here on how to do this), but TV manufacturers have a nasty habit of referring to the same setting with different names, which confuses the process. LG calls it "TruMotion", Vizio calls it "Smooth Motion Effect" and Panasonic calls it "Intelligent Frame Creation". The difference with Filmmaker mode is that it has the same name with every TV manufacturer and the UHD Alliance also says that the setting should be turned on automatically when cinematic content is detected or otherwise easily accessible via a button on the TV remote control .

Either way, it should not be necessary to dig into the settings of your TV. That is important, as Vizio & # 39; s Director of Product Marketing said (through Forbes) that 85 percent of customers do not bother to adjust their TVs from the default settings.

In an announcement video produced by the UHD Alliance, more than a dozen prominent directors have expressed their support for the new mode, including Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and JJ Abrams. "Through collaboration with TV manufacturers, the Filmmaker mode consolidates filmmakers' input into simple principles for respecting the image speed, aspect ratio, color and contrast, and coding in the actual media so that televisions can read and display it correctly , "said Christopher Nolan, whose involvement in the project was first rumored last September.

While it is promising to see that three major manufacturers are committed to making it easy to eliminate so many of their post-processing functions, it is important to remember that there are reasons to include them in the first place. As Forbes notes, certain TV processing functions can be used to correct panel errors in cheaper TVs, and others help smooth out artifacts or other problems with low bit rate content. It is all very good to disable all post-processing when you use a professional mastering monitor with a high-quality video feed, but when you use a cheaper TV to watch a Netflix stream through a slow internet connection, some types of message processing can be useful in certain circumstances.

Yet the step towards unifying naming conventions for TV is enormously positive. It may not be a silver bullet to make content look fantastic on every TV automatically, but otherwise it should be a little less intimidating to try and configure the largest screen in your home.

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