How to Turn Off Motion Smoothing on Your TV
This has probably happened to you: You sit down in front of your TV to watch your favorite movie or show, the credits roll, and everything looks strange. People move around unnaturally, and every shift of the camera is slightly disorienting. You can’t shake the feeling that whatever you’re watching is somehow too smooth.
That’s probably because it is. It’s called motion interpolation, a special smoothing effect many modern TVs use to push the frame rate of the show or movie you’re watching from the native 24 or 30 frames per second to match the TV’s frame rate of 60, 120, or higher frames per second. Colloquially it’s known as the “soap opera effect,” because it makes whatever you’re watching look like a daytime soap opera. The TV is adding additional frames, digitally combining and interpolating the images in the video signal to simulate more frames than are actually there. It can be useful for watching some sports and video games, but for most show and movie content it’s jarring and unnatural.
You don’t need to live with it, though. If your TV has motion smoothing features, it probably has some way to turn them off. You just need to dive into your TV’s picture settings and flip the switch to make film look like film and primetime TV look like primetime TV again. (Though if you want to watch live sports, you should probably turn those features back on during games; they can actually improve the visual experience when the camera pans quickly across a field or court.)
For some TVs, the Cinema or Movie mode automatically disables motion smoothing, because it’s understood that you want to watch film or video content (again, 24 or 30fps) as it’s presented. Put your TV in Cinema or Movie mode, whichever is present, and see if it turns off the soap opera effect. If it doesn’t, you’ll have to manually disable the motion smoothing yourself.
Different television brands have different names for motion smoothing features, which means you need to identify the right one for your TV. Look for any setting with “motion” in the name under the Picture or General settings of your TV to determine if it’s enabled, then disable it. If you aren’t sure, here are some of the most common settings for different TV brands.
Amazon Fire TV (Amazon, Toshiba)
The exact term for motion smoothing varies from model to model on Fire TVs, but for Amazon’s TVs it’s most often called Action Smoothing.
Press the gear button on your remote
Select Display & Sounds
Select Advanced Settings
Select Action Smoothing
Google TV (Hisense, Sony, TCL)
Hisense Google TV settings (Photo: Will Greenwald)
The motion smoothing feature on Google TV panels can vary slightly between models as well, but on Hisense TVs the features are called Motion Enhancement and Motion Clearness. They’re two different features that do slightly different things, but should both be disabled if you want to make sure motion smoothing is completely turned off.
Press the gear button on your remote
Select Display & Sound
Select Advanced Settings
Look for the motion smoothing features in that list (Motion Enhancement, Motion Clearness)
LG settings (Photo: Will Greenwald)
On LG TVs, the motion smoothing feature is called TruMotion.
Press the gear button on your remote
Select the All Settings icon (the one with three dots) near the bottom of the list
Select Picture Mode Settings
Select Picture Options
Roku TV (Element, Hisense, RCA, Sharp, TCL)
Roku TV settings (Photo: Will Greenwald)
On Roku TVs, you need to select a specific input or use the app to bring up the full selection of picture settings. On TCL TVs, the feature is called Action Smoothing.
Open an input or app
Press the asterisk (*) button on your remote
Select Picture Settings
Look for the motion smoothing features on that list (on TCL TVs it’s called Action Smoothing)
If motion smoothing isn’t there, scroll down to the Advanced or Expert Picture Settings menu and look for the features on that list
Samsung TV motion settings (Credit: Samsung)
On Samsung TVs, the feature is called Auto Motion Plus.
Press the gear button on your remote (it will probably have a gear; the numbers 1, 2, and 3; and four colored squares on it)
Select All Settings
Select More Picture Settings
Select Picture Clarity Settings
Select Auto Motion Plus
Vizio TV settings (Credit: Vizio)
Vizio calls its motion smoothing feature Clear Action.
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How to Turn off Motion Smoothing and Why You Should
If you have watched any movie on any TV in the past few years, there’s a good chance you’ve encountered motion smoothing. Even if you don’t know what it is, you might have noticed a favorite film you’ve seen in theaters look noticeably different, some might say uglier, on the small screen, thanks to the work of the technology, a default setting on nearly every modern TV set.
Motion smoothing, also called motion interpolation, is born out of a discrepancy between the frame rates of films and the frame rates modern TV sets are capable of running. A standard film or TV show is usually shot at 24 to 30 frames per second, while modern TVs are capable of operating at 60, 120 or occasionally even 240fps. When motion smoothing settings are turned on your TV, the TV essentially adds fake frames into a film or show in order to artificially increase the frame rate. According to Cedric Demers, the president of personal electronics testing and review company rtings.com, motion smoothing creates new frames by calculating where objects in a video move from and to in between the original frames, and interpolating the trajectory of the objects.
“Multiple techniques can be used to estimate motion, but none are perfect since the real information of what is between the two frames is not present in the original footage,” Demers says. “Therefore, there will be errors and artifacts. Motion smoothing works best when the scene is moving slowly in a predictable way, like a panning shot or a big object moving sideways. Small objects moving fast in unpredictable ways or complex transformations like explosions are the hardest to estimate and will result in weird visual artifacts.”
Theoretically, motion smoothing makes the film run faster and cleaner. In practice, the errors and visual artifacts it causes has made it extremely controversial, and many directors, filmmakers and critics have decried it as a technology that ruins film. In 2018, Tom Cruise and “Mission Impossible: Fallout” director Christopher McQuarrie released a public statement asking viewers to turn off the setting while watching their film at home. Directors as varied as Rian Johnson, Patty Jenkins, Martin Scorsese, Reed Morano, Karyn Kusama and Paul Thomas Anderson have all publicly expressed hatred of the technology. In 2019, several filmmakers announced a partnership with the UHD Alliance to develop a new “Filmmaker Mode” TV setting that is optimized for watching films at home. The filmmaker mode has been added to certain TV sets manufactured since 2020, though it is nowhere near as widespread as motion smoothing.
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What is it about motion smoothing that makes it bad for watching film? According to Variety chief film critic Peter Debruge, the issue is the technology ignores the way that people have been trained to understand how motion works in film. Film, traditionally, used a flicker effect to stimulate motion, and audiences have learned to accept and understand the lower frame rate of film as a part of the cinematic language. Motion smoothing doesn’t replace this cinematic language with actual realistic movement, however, instead creating an uncanny valley effect that just degrades the original intent of the filmmaker, and makes the film look cheaper and uglier.
“What we’re seeing with motion smoothing is instead of trying to present movies as they were, as they looked naturally, everything is being ported over to these new digital devices, and everything wants the thing that looks best to their eyes on those digital devices,” Debruge says. “But your televisions don’t replace the kind of magic flicker of the movies with something that is necessarily more realistic. They erase that flicker and use some sort of creepy equation to turn it all into zombie motion.”
So, if you’ve been annoyed with how films have looked on your television, you might want to check if motion smoothing is turned on. Here’s how to look for the feature, and how to turn it off, sorted by TV set types. The name of motion smoothing varies according to the TV set, so this guide will help you identify what it’s called on your TV. (If your TV isn’t listed here, look for something with the word “Motion” in the settings menu.)
1. Go to settings.
2. Select picture menu.
3. Click on picture mode settings and picture options.
4. Turn TrueMotion from smooth to off.
Roku (Action Smoothing)
1. Hit the “*” on your TV remote.
2. Select advanced picture settings on the menu.
3. Look for the Action Smoothing option. There are four different levels of smoothing: high, medium, low and off. To shut the feature off completely, select off.
Samsung (Auto Motion Plus)
1. Open settings menu.
2. Go to picture options, and scroll down to expert settings at the bottom.
3. Select expert settings, and go down to Auto Motion Plus settings.
4. Select Auto Motion Plus, and switch to off.
1. Go to the picture settings menu.
2. Open advanced settings.
3. Scroll to MotionFlow.
4. Open MotionFlow settings, and set to off.
Vizio (Smooth Motion Effect)
1. Go to settings.
2. Select picture options.
3. Scroll down to the advanced picture menu and select it.
4. Select Smooth Motion Effect, and switch it off.
Panasonic Viera (Intelligent Frame Creation)
1. Press menu on your remote.
2. Select picture settings.
3. Scroll to Intelligent Frame Creation.
4. Switch to off.
Amazon Fire TV (Motion Processing)
1. Go to settings menu.
2. Select picture.
3. Choose advanced options.
4. Scroll to motion processing and turn it off.
Hisense (Motion Smoothing)
1. Press the home button on your remote.
2. Go to settings.
3. Select system settings.
5. Select picture.
5. Scroll to motion smoothing and switch it off.
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What is motion smoothing on TV and why do people hate it?
TV motion smoothing – What is it and why do people hate it?
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If you’ve just bought a new TV, you might be wondering why everything you watch seems eerily fast-paced and fluid, like you’re watching a live broadcast. time. You can’t imagine anything like this: maybe your TV suffers from motion smoothing.
What is motion smoothing and how does it work?
Each TV manufacturer names their technology differently, of course for marketing reasons. Action Smoothing, TruMotion, Motionflow are all names for the same function: to make the TV picture smoother. And it’s motion smoothing.
Also known as the “soap opera effect” because low-budget soap operas used to have cheap camcorders that gave higher frame rates and smoother video.
Most TV shows, movies and shows are filmed at 24 or 30 frames per second (frames per second, also called “hertz” or “Hz”), which is fast enough for the eye to perceive as smooth video. not a choppy slideshow.
However, the standard that most TVs and monitors are capable of is 60 Hz, and some more expensive displays run at 120 Hz and even 240 Hz.
But movies and TV shows are still 30 frames per second, which creates a problem: what’s the point of having a 60Hz display if the content you’re watching is only updated twice? The film refresh rate isn’t going to change anytime soon, so Motion Smoothing comes to the rescue here.
Motion smoothing attempts to solve this problem by guessing at 30 frames dropped per second, usually by comparing before and after a shot and trying to find a sweet spot between the two.
Why is this such a problem?
Most people have trouble smoothing motion. After all, we spent years training our brains to enjoy movies and TV shows shot at 24fps or 30fps, and our brains began to think of it as how movies or TV shows should look.
TV manufacturers, on the other hand, are simply trying to advertise bigger numbers to consumers. 240Hz should be better than 120Hz and much better than 60Hz, right? Well, sometimes it is, especially when the content is designed for it.
But most consumers don’t like higher frame rates when watching most content. Viewing content shot at 24 or 30 frames per second looks especially strange on TVs with a frequency of 120 Hz and above.
Insanely smooth motion makes the video almost real, which completely breaks the immersion of the movie. To be honest, it often feels like you’re watching a behind-the-scenes documentary about a movie than the movie itself.
In some cases, motion smoothing makes sense. For example, live sports and video games contain dynamic content that needs more clarity. Unfortunately, two other motion smoothing issues also break these two use cases.
- When it comes to sports, sometimes things happen so fast that the anti-aliasing algorithm doesn’t know what to do, resulting in a strange, often blurry image instead of a clear intermediate frame. This defect that results in incorrect images or crashes is called artifacts.
- For video games, the extra input lag required to add motion smoothing completely ruins the ability to play the game effectively. The controls feel sluggish and unresponsive, which is why most TVs offer a “Game Mode” that disables motion smoothing and other advanced picture effects.
And other content such as cable news or reality. Television may look supernatural, although it is not “cinema”.
Do I have it? How can I get rid of this?
You would have noticed if your TV had it on. If you have a newer brand TV, motion smoothing may be enabled by default.
In most cases, the disable option is hidden in the picture settings menu, but if you can’t find it, you can read our guides on how to disable the effect for Samsung, LG, Sony, Vizio, and Roku TVs.
Otherwise, refer to your TV’s instruction manual and support site.
What is motion smoothing on TV and why do people hate it?
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After buying and unpacking a TV, many users don’t bother to make any thoughtful adjustments to the picture. Manufacturers take this fact into account, and therefore out-of-the-box image settings are usually made so that most buyers do not think about the need to change something. For slightly more advanced users, there are many options and functions available in the TV settings, and their number is growing every year.
Properly using these functions, you can bring the picture closer to the one that the director intended. If you thoughtlessly turn on all the available “improvers”, then the effect will be the opposite. Today I propose to consider those functions of TVs, the inclusion of which most often leads to a decrease in image quality. Unfortunately, these options are enabled “by default” in some TV models.
1. Digital noise reduction
The noise reduction function was relevant in the days of DVD. In order for a movie to fit on such a disc, the video track had to be compressed heavily, which often led to the appearance of noise. This feature allows you to significantly reduce the amount of noise displayed during viewing, but who watches DVDs these days?
If you enable noise reduction while playing content with a high bitrate, then the picture quality will only deteriorate. Modern TVs are not smart enough to distinguish noise from small details or intentional graininess in the image (as in the picture above). Thus, when noise reduction is activated, the picture loses its detail. This is especially easy to notice if you look closely at the faces of the actors: noise reduction smooths out roughness no worse than any other selfie filter in a smartphone.
2. Motion smoothing (motion interpolation)
The name of this setting may vary depending on the TV manufacturer, but the essence is always the same: drawing intermediate frames. The software built into the TV generates one or more intermediate frames from two adjacent original frames. Visually, this adds smoothness to the picture, but at the same time, the so-called “soap opera effect” appears.
Motion smoothing feels unnatural when watching movies originally shot at 24 fps. Movies lose their cinematic quality and become more like cheap TV series. Due to the increased frame rate, it is easier for the viewer to notice flaws in the makeup of the main characters, flaws in special effects, etc.
An example of motion interpolation artifacts
In addition, due to the imperfection of the technology in dynamic scenes, artifacts may appear (most often at the edges of moving objects, which worsens the perception of volume). Even actors and directors do not recommend watching movies with motion interpolation enabled. In particular, Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie recorded a video in December 2018 where they urged viewers to turn off this feature.
3. Eco mode
Eco mode is designed to reduce power consumption while watching TV. If the TV in your house works all day long, then this function can be turned on, in all other cases, turn it off. The Eco function reduces the TV’s peak brightness, making bright scenes much less dramatic, especially when watching HDR content.
As conceived by the manufacturers, Eco-mode should dynamically adjust the brightness depending on the level of illumination in the room; for this, an appropriate sensor is built into the TV. However, in almost all cases, reduced brightness will not be enough for thoughtful movie viewing. If the TV was purchased in one of the EU countries, then Eco may be turned on by default.
4. Sharpness (Sharpness)
Original image on the left, sharpened image on the right
The ability to add sharpness to the picture is also a legacy of the DVD era. Now, when most content is produced in Full HD resolution or higher, sharpening is more often detrimental to image quality than vice versa. Adjusting the sharpness can increase the graininess of the image and add a glow effect to the edges of contrasting objects.
This setting is often turned up to the maximum on showrooms: a TV with a sharper picture can outperform the competition in intense store lighting. At home, it is wiser to leave the clarity setting in the neutral position (for most TV brands, this corresponds to the position 0 , for Sony – 50 ).
If you’re willing to tinker with sharpness to get the perfect result, you can use the AVS HD 709 special pattern..
5. Picture modes
A selection of picture modes can be found in the settings menu of any TV. Those who care even a little bit about picture quality should avoid most of them. So, the most common modes are:
Standard – Most TV owners use this preset on a regular basis. It is he who is included “out of the box”. It is characterized by mediocre color accuracy – the picture is “cold”, so the white color is more like blue. Also, in this mode, motion smoothing is enabled by default in most cases.
Such presets as Sports , Game and Dynamic (or Vivid) are characterized by even greater flaws in color reproduction, so they are not suitable for regular viewing of content. Of the above, Cinema mode (or Movie) is the most accurate in terms of color reproduction.
If there are modes with factory calibration in the menu, they should be preferred. These include ISF day , ISF night , ISF expert and the like, and Filmmaker Mode (Filmmaker Mode). As planned, they should bring the picture on TV closer to that which the director of editing sees or which the viewer can watch in the cinema.
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