Scorsese, Cameron, Nolan, Jenkins, Coogler & More Champion New “Filmmaker Mode” TV Setting To End Motion Smoothing

The Playlist | 8/28/2019 | Charles Barfield
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In the general sense, there are definitely more important issues plaguing our world than bad TV settings. However, as film and TV nerds (and I say that lovingly, as a member myself), there are few things that irritate me more than terrible TV picture settings. Thankfully, according to THR, some of the biggest filmmakers in the world are joining forces in creating “Filmmaker Mode” to rid the world of the scourge known as “motion smoothing.”

Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins, and Rian Johnson have joined forces alongside the UHD Alliance for a new picture settings standard for HDTVs. Dubbed “Filmmaker Mode,” the standard will be utilized as a way to replace the current default settings that TV manufacturers place on their products, which amp up the framerate and drastically oversaturated colors, giving consumers a picture that looks like it belongs in a soap opera or on Instagram, instead of the cinema. The framerate setting is commonly known as “motion smoothing.”

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“Motion smoothing,” combined with other default image tweaks, allow for TVs to show dazzling colors and impressive visuals while on display in the store. Sadly, those settings just aren’t anywhere close to color accurate and make the average TV series or film look terrible.

“Filmmaker Mode” would be an instantaneous way to update color, contrast, aspect ratio and frame rates, to give the films and TV series a closer representation of what the original filmmakers intended. To...
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