UHD TVs Are Getting a “Filmmaker Mode” to Preserve Creative Intent

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The world’s leading directors have long complained of films looking worse at home due to wildly inaccurate display settings, but that may be coming to an end. The UHD Alliance has announced that it will add a “Filmmaker Mode” to future consumer ultra-high-definition TVs, which will offer a calibrated picture with the proper color, contrast, aspect ratio, and frame rate.

The change was prompted by the likes of Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, who have publicized their contempt for certain defaults (e.g., motion interpolation). LG, Panasonic, and Vizio have already agreed to integrate “Filmmaker Mode” into their upcoming sets.

[Rian] Johnson noted that home theater technology is currently in a “Golden Age,” but warned that “many TVs ship with motion smoothing (and other post-processing settings) as a default.”

He highlighted that Filmmaker Mode offers “a single button that lines up the settings so it works for the benefit of the movie and not against it.” He got a laugh as he added, “If you love movies, Filmmaker Mode will make your movies not look like poo-poo.”


Tsing Mui
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