Stranger Things 2 Adjust Your TV Sets

Stranger Things… And How To Remove Them From Your Home

by John Carroll on September 8, 2017

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As fans await Stranger Things 2, show creators the Duffer brothers recently made a statement that’s worth your attention even if you don’t watch the show.

We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?‘.

What The Hell Are They Talking About?

It’s called ‘Motion Interpolation’.

What?

It’s a setting on your TV that adds new frames to films and video to make the picture look super smooth and clear.

Except… it makes everything look like a soap opera and the actors stand out like cardboard cutouts.

It’s difficult to photograph so the effect appears subtle in the shots below, but it’s easy to spot in a moving image.

Both screen-grabs below were taken from ‘Sicario’ on a 4K OLED LG TV in a friends Home Theater.

Home Theater - Sicario Motion Interpolation Problem

The shot above uses TruMotion. At first glance, Daniel Kaluuya in the foreground appears sharper, but if you look closely you’ll notice he appears to be unnaturally separated from the rest of the picture.

Home Theater - Sicario Motion Interpolation Off

With TruMotion turned off, the character is correctly integrated into his surroundings.

Here’s another shot from ‘Sicario’.

Sicario Motion Interpolation Problem 2

TruMotion separates Emily Blunt from the background. You can clearly see this in the closeup of the T-shirt.

Sicario Motion Interpolation Off 2

With TruMotion turned off the picture looks normal.

But I Like Things To Be Super Sharp

Just remember, you can’t create something out of nothing.

This is particularly true with picture sharpness.

Processing by your TV cannot add detail that was never there… so it boosts contract and creates an artificial line around objects in the frame.

To the eye things appear subjectively sharper, but all the processing has done is degrade the original image.

These are simply gimmicks added by manufacturers to help sell TVs.

Turn off TruMotion and turn down sharpness. After a while you’ll start to notice there’s a lot of detail in the picture that you’ve been missing.

This is true whether you own a $500 TV or $25,000 Home Theater.

How Come I Never Noticed This Problem?

When you live with something long enough, you lose the ability to question it and ask if things can be better.

This accounts for many, many marriages that last decades, but should have ended after two or three days.

Stranger Things 2 Home Theater Adjust

How Can I Fix this Abomination?

When I go to my friends’ places back home, I’m constantly fixing their TVs. Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right. And when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone.” – Duffer Brothers.

Motion Interpolation is a mouthful… so manufacturers have given it different names. On Sony TV’s it ‘MotionFlow’, LG call it ‘TruMotion’ and Samsung gave it the exciting moniker ‘Auto Motion Plus’.

On your TV:

  • Go into the settings menu and turn off anything that includes the word ‘motion’.
  • Turn Sharpness down to no more than 3. Zero is optimal.
  • Experiment, by turning off anything that claims to add clarity or sharpness.

Remember… if you’re not happy you can always turn these settings back on.

If you live in Los Angeles and you’d rather not mess with your TV or can’t fix it yourself or … ask me next time I’m over.

I have a full kit that can be used to calibrate your TV or Home Theater. You’d be amazed at the picture you get.

Why spend all that money and then leave everything at the factory settings.

That’s it 🙂 You’re ready for the upside down.

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