Motion smoothing, also known as the "soap opera effect", involves adding artificial frames into footage to remove the motion blur of fast-moving objects.
No need to cue the "Mission: Impossible" theme music.
"Video interpolation, or motion smoothing, is a digital effect on most high definition televisions and is meant to reduce motion blur in sporting events and other high definition programming".
We can hope. In the meantime, your mission is clear: Google how to turn off the motion smoothing or interpolation on your TV and turn it off before you watch any more films on it. Listen to the movie people on this - they know of what they speak.
Anyway, because both Cruise and McQuarrie are just so passionate about this issue, they took a break from filming "Top Gun: Maverick" to tell you that if you do happen to watch "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" - which, hey Cruise starred in and McQuarrie directed - that you should dig into your television settings and turn off this feature.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that different brands have different names for what amounts to motion smoothing or motion interpolation.
In the meantime, the pair recommends a quick internet search to find step-by-step instructions on how to disable the setting.
McQuarrie chimed in, expressing his concern about motion smoothing: "If you own a modern high definition television, there's a good chance you're not watching movies the way the film maker intended, and the ability to do so is not simple for you to access".
They said filmmakers were already working with manufacturers to change the way the feature was presented and activated on TVs, which they suggest would give users greater access and choice over when to use it. 24fps is the standard in the film industry, and is key to achieving a "cinematic" look.