Originally Posted by ed3120
So motion interpolation was created for LCDs to compete with the speed of the pixel changes on plasmas? When I look at a plasma without motion interpolation, it doesn't look as real and lifelike as and LCD that has it on.
My personal preference is that I'm more impressed with the PQ of the 1080i content that comes out of a good Discovery Channel nature show than I am the PQ of most blurays that I've seen. I've never really be floored by a bluray movie that was shot on film. I understand that is my opinion, but does that mean I would tend more towards liking SOE in the long run? I've only seen it for a few minutes here and there.
In the store, everything looks similar to me, and the only ones that jump out to me are the ones where some sort of motion interpolation is enabled. Does anyone else feel that way?
If I am correct, Sony 1st introduced 120hz Motion Flow in their 2007 LCD flat panel product line. Motion Flow was always targeted at the issue of 24fps judder on digital displays. I have never seen evidence that Motion Flow was developed to make LCD response more like Plasma displays.
I 1st experienced motion enhancement in 2008 on the Sony vw80 and Panasonic ae3000 projectors. I was not paying attention to flat panels at that time so I never checked out motion enhancement on flat panels. However, with both projectors, there were significant artifacts generated by the motion enhancement process. IMHO, it was the Sony vw85 projector which 1st offered a form of motion flow which was worth using, and I assume similar coding was available on Sony flat panels at that time. With the introduction of the vw90 projector this year, motion flow was further refined such that the LOW setting could be used on a great deal of material without inducing the SOE effect. Such is the case the motion flow running on the ex723 and hx929 I have observed. I assume many other Sony LCDs offer similar motion flow performance now.
Motion Flow was not developed to improve panel performance compared to plasma based technology. Motion Flow and CineMotion were developed to address the issues with the reproduction of 24fps content on digital displays with higher refresh rates.
Despite what some opponents say about motion enhancement, if 24fps content had always been properly reproduced on digital displays, there might never have been an issue or need for a solution. But that was/is not the case. There continues to be a challenge with how to take a 24fps source and present the content on a higher refresh display without inducing motion artifacts. Honestly, while Motion Flow frame interpolation has been refined to offer a range of interpolation, the fast response time of LED maybe be offering one of the best solutions via being able to strobe the backlight.
While there are detractors who strongly assert their objection to motion enhancement in any form, I would argue the process has been improving with each generation, and the latest generation from Sony may well be the 1st to be taken seriously.
I am pretty sure if Sony made a plasma based display, it would still offer Motion Flow and CineMotion to help the display properly reproduce 24fps content, despite any panel response advantages plasma has over LCD. This is why some plasma displays are offering motion enhancement technology.
I agree with you that motion enhancement & frame interpolation will jump out at you. I also agree with others who say this is not always a good thing. I am glad to now own a projector and a flat panel display which offer motion enhancement capable of a wide range of processing.