By Ray Pride

Christopher Nolan on Motion Smoothing

“The televisions themselves have tremendous potential to present our work well and correctly. But of course, the power of those devices means that they can also misinterpret your work. And motion smoothing is one area in which the television manufacturers seem genuinely pretty unaware of how frustrated filmmakers are. This goes back to when many of the conversations were between studios and broadcasters. Paul [Thomas Anderson] and I realized that we now need to involve television manufacturers. With high dynamic range, in the timing suite you are suppressing some of the range so that when the television expands it, it looks correct. So it’s a complicated process.

“By dealing with the manufacturers directly, we hope to avoid putting that burden on the consumer. Even with public awareness, changing settings can be very complicated. The longterm goal is for television sets to be essentially automatically displaying the work correctly. We want to get to a place where we can actually go out there and say that we feel great about the way this stuff looks. Because the truth is, if you see a well-aligned HDR image, it looks spectacular—the best version of the home video experience that we’ve had. And we want to maximize that potential.”
~ Christopher Nolan

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