Buying a brand new, top of the line TV should guarantee you an amazing home theatre experience but these days that is not necessarily the case. There is a lot of calibration and set up required to get an optimum viewing experience and many people simply do not have the time, knowledge or enthusiasm to fix it. Perhaps the biggest example of this is motion smoothing, a default feature on most TVs that is used to avoid blurriness when watching fast-moving visuals like live sports. Unfortunately, motion smoothing makes movies look like garbage, giving them the dreaded “soap opera effect.” Now Christopher Nolan is hoping to change that by putting his weight behind a campaign to reduce the prevalence of motion smoothing. Hit the jump for more info.
According to /Film, last week members of the Director’s Guild of America (DGA) received a letter from Nolan and Jonathan Mostow, co-chairs of the DGA’s Creative Rights Committee. They have opened a dialogue with the UHD Alliance, notifying them that they would like to stop having their movies butchered on HD and 4K TVs. Their hope is to establish a new “reference mode” that acts as a simple setting on newer TV models that automatically gives an optimal viewing experience for movies. They are asking DGA members for their feedback and recommendations for what this reference mode should include.
What they won’t be doing is eliminating motion smoothing altogether (it does have its uses), but they are looking to make it as easy as possible for a user to turn it off when watching movies. If they could somehow make it disabled by default, that would be even better, but something tells me that won’t happen. Sony also recently teamed up with Netflix to offer a special “Netflix calibrated mode” for similar reasons, although it only apparently works with Netflix content. Do you think this will actually help people fix their TV settings or is the real problem that the average consumer simply does not care?