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post #1 of 4 Old 12-29-2008, 02:12 PM - Thread Starter
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This is weird -- I've seen Incredible Hulk and Kung-Fu Panda in the theatre and on DVD -- but the Sony Bravia display at Sam's had the weirdest -- I don't know how to describe it --

I know films are shot at 24p, and the 3:2 pull downs and stuff for 30p/60i whatever -- what's throwing me for a loop is on the Bravia, Hulk looked like it was shot on video! Panda looked like it was a cut scene from the video game...
It moved too slick, too -- I dunno! ARGH!

Is it the TV doing this, or is it just the way Blu-Ray movies look? If this is what BR is all about, I don't like it one bit. With Hulk, it felt like I was watching something from PBS made back in the 80s... Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but close as I can get.

What the heck is that?!? Why does it look that way?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-29-2008, 02:29 PM
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It's because of the motion processing feature on the TV. Sony calls it Motionflow, Samsung calls it Auto Motion Plus. Other companies have their own name for it. It eliminates judder by inserting frames, but as you said, it makes things look overly smooth and video-like, so I would prefer to have it off during movies.

So don't worry about it, because it's an optional feature that can be disabled in the menus.
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At least on the Sony XBR6 (based on the cnet review that I read) the "MotionFlow" motion enhancement has 3 levels. Off, Standard, and High. I think that it is on the High setting that you get the extreme "smooth" look. I think that cnet said they preferred it either off, or on Standard.

Cnet mentioned that in some cases the motion enhancement could cause some stange artifacts. There was one case where people would seem to tear apart. They also mentioned a "hockey puck" test where a hockey puck would appear to break apart in pieces and them reassemble itself. This was mentioned in the Sony XBR6 article. The Sony and a comparable Samsung model both had this "people tearing apart" effect on one particular movie and one particular part in the movie. The Sony did OK on the hockey puck test but the Samsung failed. (Not trying to start a Sony vs. Samsung war here - just telling you what the cnet article said - so please no attacks from the fanboys from either side!)
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-29-2008, 02:47 PM
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Wow, at least one new thread on this every single day now.

Back off man, I'm a scientist.
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