The new 'Filmmaker Mode' will make movies look good on your TV again

Aug 28, 2019

Studios, directors and TV-makers trumpet a new setting that'll fix the other settings that could make movies look crappy at home.

What you need to know

"Filmmaker Mode" on TV will preserve aspect ratio, frame rate and color.

That means it'll turn of the scourge that is motion smoothing.

Vizio, LG and Panasonic are on board.

If you're the sort who takes movie-watching at home seriously — or even if you just want it to be better — a newly announce standard for television settings may be just the thing. The UHD Alliance, various Hollywood studios and electronics manufacturers Vizio, LG and Panasonic have announced "Filmmaker Mode," which will be coming to new television sets, starting with 2020 lineups.

"I care deeply about how cinema is experienced at home because that's where it lives the longest," direct Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed) said in a video from the UHDA. "That's where cinema is watched and rewatched, the experience with the your family in comfortable settings. That's kinda where the memories are developed."

So what, exactly does any of that mean? Filmmaker Mode will disable a lot of the junk that tends to show up on TVs — particularly the scourge that is motion smoothing. That's the "feature" that throws in extra frames and gives everything that weird soap-opera look. Filmmaker Mode also will preserve aspect ratios, colors and frame rates.

Vizio already has announced that its 2020 lineup of smart TVs will sport the new Filmmaker Mode.

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