Originally Posted by jasonblair
So they have frame interpolation on all models (except maybe the U series)? Amazon's comparison table says that the VT50 is the only version that has this. I've been overlooking the ST and GT series because Amazon's info page said they lacked this feature. It's a must-have feature for me, as I personally love the effect. I have them cranked to maximum on my Samsung 55D8000 and Panasonic AE7000u projector. (I still haven't gone to see "The Hobbit," as I really didn't like any of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, but I'm very interested to see the high frame rate in theaters.) Which also leads me to ask (off topic) -- Do all of you motion interpolation haters who say that it destroys the "director's intent" plan to crank your frame interpolation to maximum when you watch "The Hobbit" on blu-ray?
Yep. Amazon lists the VT50 as the only model with 96Hz playback of 24p content, which is true. I think you're confusing it by equating a higher refresh rate (96Hz here) with the "soap opera" look. The look you're going for is not a direct consequence of higher refresh rates of film-based (24p) content (in this case, 96Hz, or 240Hz in the case of your D8K), rather the result of interpolated (approximated) frames and/or the removal of judder from the image.
So, let's take a 24p source, a Blu-Ray. Playing said source on any model below the VT50 will mean that at the TV's native refresh rate (60Hz), it can not show said 24p content frame-for-frame, since 24 does not divide evenly into 60. As such, the display must engage in 2:3 pulldown, which can introduce unwanted motion artifacts or hitching/stuttering into said source. (For a better explanation on this, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecine#2:3_pulldown
The VT50 is able to natively refresh at 96Hz, only meaning that it is capable of displaying 24p sources without engaging in 2:3 pulldown. It only has to show each original frame four times without any conversion (4:4 since 24 divides evenly into 96 four times). This feature is meant to preserve the intended look of things shot natively in 24P, judder included. Generally, in the US, this feature has been reserved for Panasonic's flagship plasmas, although it remains to be see if both the ZT and the VT60 will support it for 2013. other implementations of this exist, like 3:3 pulldown (72Hz). 5:5 pulldown (120Hz), and 10:10 pulldown (240Hz). 2012 U, UT, and ST models also support 2:2 pulldown (48Hz), but it flickers quite a bit.
What you're looking for is a mode that removes judder from the image by interpolating frames rather than repeating original source frames. It would appear after a quick google search that the 2012 UT, ST, GT, and VT all have a dejudder option called Motion Smoother (the U50 does not). It's located in the advanced picture settings menu, and has four modes: Off, Weak, Medium, and Strong depending on your preference -- this will provide you with the intended look you're going for. The only caveat being that Motion Smoother is not able to be turned on when using THX picture modes on GT and VT models. I'm not an authority on MEMC/Judder reduction expert by any means, so parts of my posts may be inaccuarte or worded incorrectly, but I am just posting from my understanding of the matter. In short, any of the 2012 1080p 3D Pannys will suffice for you. Hope this helped