Tom Cruise and other celebrities made headlines in 2018 for recommending people turn off motion processing while watching movies. It took a little longer to make this a reality, but companies like LG are listening.
When watching Now Prime Video movies, LG automatically turns on Filmmaker mode, which turns off the Soap Opera effect – the source of the Soap Opera effect – via motion tween.
The mode has been accessible for a few years now, shortly after the PSA was released, but you had to manually activate it before.
The software upgrade coming out this week will affect all LG 4K and 8K TV models from this year and last year, including LG C1 OLED, LG CX OLED, LG GX OLED, LG G1 OLED , the BX OLED, its Nano Cell series, and also its new QNED TV series televisions.
What is motion interpolation used for?
When it comes to sports, motion interpolation, motion smoothing, or motion processing, as you may have heard from our reviews, is a technique of artificially generating images between actual images of a movie or TV show to smooth the motion.
When watching sports this can be useful as it makes players feel like they are moving more naturally and makes it easier for you to follow the action on the pitch.
However, when speed-up processing and image sharpness convert videos from 24 or 30 frames per second to 60 frames per second, difficulties arise.
This makes dramatic dialogue sequences appear with little to no movement as if they had been shot with a low budget camera, hence the term “Opera Soap Effect”.
In an ideal world, TVs would be smart enough to recognize the type of content being displayed and adjust settings accordingly.
We’re moving forward with built-in game modes that allow for low automatic latency, but we’ll need more powerful processors before TVs can accurately distinguish between drama and sports to customize the appropriate settings.
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