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Old 08-22-17, 07:13 AM   #1
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"Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

I'm late to the party on this one but I just now have a TV it applies to. I'm not sure if there's an official name for the feature but what's everyone's opinion on the video feature which "smooths" (how my TV calls it) the frame rate, making the picture look quite different. To me it makes it look like it's raw video rather than post-processed film, or something similar?

Seems to be common these days so I was curious how others felt about it? I ended up turning it off after a couple hours of using the new set. I don't think I could get used to it.
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Old 08-22-17, 08:36 AM   #2
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

I can't stand it. To me it's akin to colorizing a black and white movie or chopping the original aspect ratio.
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Old 08-22-17, 08:41 AM   #3
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Glad I'm not alone. Is there a name for this feature for future reference?

When it's on, I feel like I'm actually watching people get filmed on a studio set rather than characters in the show's world. Hard to explain...
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Old 08-22-17, 09:07 AM   #4
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Odd question about picture clarity
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Old 08-22-17, 09:15 AM   #5
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Thanks; good info. Happy to see I'm in the majority.
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Turn it off. Next topic
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Garbage - turn it off.
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

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Glad I'm not alone. Is there a name for this feature for future reference?
The official name, as far as I can tell, is "motion smoother." You may hear the effect it has on video referred to as "the soap opera effect." It gets no love from me; I hate the feature. Why does it even exist in the first place? It seems like such an odd option.
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Old 08-22-17, 01:22 PM   #9
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

I was sort of fascinated by it at first when I saw it on a store display, -I just couldn't figure out how it was doing that, making it look so different, like video-tape. Of course, then I noticed the glitching in the movement (you see a similar thing when cable channels artificially speed up a TV show) and I lost interest.
A friend of mine loves it, though, and that's his standard setting. It's effective with reality shows.
I believe the feature is there to fix the artifacts that occur when you watch Sports or other events when there's a lot of motion and flashing lights.
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Old 08-23-17, 05:32 AM   #10
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Apparently it was conceived to be used with video games. I'm not a gamer myself, so who knows, maybe it's great for that, but I know that for movies it just needs to stay off!
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Old 08-24-17, 02:19 AM   #11
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Re: "Smooth" Motion on Newer TVs

Video games usually need any processing options turned off just because they introduce delay into the display, meaning that your game is unplayable since what you're seeing on the screen is a split-second after it actually happened in your game system.

I find the feature a bit amusing, I've used it for a few things like kinescopes of live TV shows (filmed off a monitor, before videotape was available), YouTube uploads of video material at a lower frame rate (it almost restores it back to how it should look) and selfishly on a few concert videos that were shot on video intentionally at a lower frame rate- although that's how it's meant to look, I think it looks awful. If you shoot something on video it should be 30fps, a lower frame rate doesn't make it look like film, just crap.
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