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How do you turn off motion equalization on your HDTV

Cinephiles, note: your TV may be touching your favorite movies. Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie recently introduced a video…

Cinephiles, note: your TV may be touching your favorite movies. Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie recently introduced a video alert for TV viewers that motion equalization (also called video interpolation or “soapopera effect”) can change the quality of your image. To reduce motion blur, leveling is useful when watching fast sports action, but it’s not good when watching a carefully filmed movie.

In its video, Cruise and McQuarrie TV viewers urge to turn off the motion equalization feature on their televisions. Unfortunately, TV manufacturers do not make the process easy. They not only hide not only the motion equalization controls deep down in their setup menus, but they also come with a variety of labels for essentially the same function.

Here’s a quick overview of some of the big brands and how to turn off motion equalization on your TV.

LG calls its motion equalization effect “TruMotion”, and you really do not want to crush it. In fact, when you go to the support site and look for TruMotion, the first thing you say is “… on most televisions, you can not!” Do not let it deter you. What LG refers to is its “backlight scanning” process, which synchronizes the update rate and signal rate, and it’s actually a good thing.

What you really want to do is turn off what LG calls the MEMC, which handles video interpolation. Go to “Image Settings”, “Image Mode Settings,” “Image Options,” and “TruMotion.” You can turn it off from there.

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If you have a Roku TV, turn on the star button on your remote, find “Advanced Image Settings” and look for “Action Equalization.” You can set it to low, medium, high, or simply choose “off”.

Sony makes a number of different TV models, and so the way to turn off motion equalization – which Sony calls “Motionflow” – may differ depending on your set. On many models, you can go to “image settings”, “image and monitor”, “image adjustments” and then “motionflow” to turn it off. In some Sony TVs, from “image adjustments” you must go to “advanced settings” first and then to “motionflow.”

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Samsung’s Motion Detection Name is “Auto Motion Plus.” Simply go to “Image Options” on your on-screen menu and look for “Auto Motion Plus 240Hz.” There are six different choices (including a demoval that lets you see the difference that motion equalization does). From there you can select “off”.

Instead of coming up with a dark brand, Vizio only calls the feature “Smooth Motion Effect.” All you need to do is enter “Picture Mode” on your menu, select “Advanced Video Features” and then “Smooth Motion Effect.” You can choose from low, middle or high.

If you have trouble turning motion equalization on any of these televisions, it is best to search for your individual model. Unfortunately, some televisions – especially older models – can not let you release motion equalization at all. In that case, you only need to live with it until you buy your next set.

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