What is “motion smoothing” and why do film directors hate it so much?

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and connected services. Have you ever tried to watch a film on your HDTV, only to have the image appear a little … off? That may be thanks to an oft-hidden setting in your television. It goes by a number of different names: motion smoothing, motion interpolation, the soap opera effect, or my favorite, the sports effect. Motion smoothing is the process of inflating a film’s framerate by artificially adding frames. Most movies are filmed at a…

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