Originally Posted by vancouver
honestly I prefer smooth. It studders a little on the odd pan, but for the most part it provides a very motion blur free picture. I find it reduces viewing fatigue. Reminds me of an effect a friends B&O avent CRT use produced which I always wanted from a plasma.
I too sometimes like 'smooth', but it does produce the occasional, very weird artifact. But again, the smooth effect is probably another of those 'deviations' from what the actual film looked like. Using smooth does bring the movie into a more 'video-like' appearance.
We can argue as to whether judder was the 'director's intent' or simply a limitation of film technology. Either way, smooth does bring about a bigger 'delta' from how the movie appeared in theaters. In actuality, if you think about it, how is using 'smooth' any different than deviations of color, sharpness etc. from the correct ISF calibration? Granted judder is not part of any standard, but nonetheless it is introducing something that wasn't there in the original. Fun stuff.