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Author Topic: In Need Of TV Help. Won't You Help And Make A Difference?  (Read 788 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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In Need Of TV Help. Won't You Help And Make A Difference?
« on: August 06, 2012, 12:58:01 AM »
I've come to realize that with so many members here, you can get just about any question answered.  So, we bought a new TV for the family/media room--whatever the hell people are calling it these days.  I've noticed an issue (an issue I wanted to avoid) with other TVs I've seen at friends' homes, hotels, etc.  When you watch TV shows, they look so odd.  They look like they are LIVE, or look like the cheaper cameras soap operas use.  Actually, it looks like the show was shot with a home camcorder.  It is awful.   

Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?  If so, is it the hertz that causes this?  We bought the 120Hz.  They had models that were 240Hz and even 680Hz.  It also had awful juttering/shuttering, or whatever you call it.  When actors move their hands or walk across the room, it blurs.  But, when I've read about that, most articles, from sites like CNET, said they could barely tell a difference between the different hertz, and you would probably only notice an issue while watching fast-action sports, if at all.  The salesperson said the same thing.  But, this is happening with regular movies and TV shows. 

Someone told me there is some function on these TVs called "smooth motion" that may be causing this, and that some TVs have the ability to turn it off.  I didn't see any function like that.  The blurring is annoying enough, but the LIVE or camcorder look is terrible.  We couldn't watch it, because it was so bad.  The store has a 30 day return policy with no restocking fee.  Did we just not buy enough hertz?  Is this just an issue with LCD/LED TVs?  The TV says it is LED, but I think it is not fully LED.  Our previous TV was a rear-projection and our other TV is a plasma.  No problem with those.  This isn't a cheap TV.     

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: In Need Of TV Help. Won't You Help And Make A Difference?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2012, 02:34:08 AM »
It is called "the soap opera effect". It appears to be partially a result of LCD interpolation technology. Motion interpolation is a form of video processing in which intermediate animation frames are generated between existing ones, in an attempt to make animation more fluid. I personally think part of the effect is due to the picture being so detailed you can see from the lighting and clarity the movie is shot on a set. The effect is less apparent on plasma sets. On your LED/LCD TV you should be able to turn off "motion flow" or whatever your brand calls it, set to movie mode, turn down the sharpness if you want a softer picture and minimize the effect.

Also your LED TV means it uses LED lights to backlight the LCDs. Some are lit along the edges and some have a full array across the back that helps with darker blacks and area contrast.

If the picture still bothers you should consider exchanging it for a plasma.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2012, 09:55:05 AM by GSOgymrat »

Offline tednlou2

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Re: In Need Of TV Help. Won't You Help And Make A Difference?
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2012, 01:44:04 AM »
Thanks for the input.  I finally found that "Smooth Motion" function, and I turned it off.  That helped tremendously.  You can still see it a little, mostly on older shows like "Seinfeld," but it is so much improved.  I watched newer shows like "Modern Family," and you could barely notice it anymore.   

As I reading online about it, there are so many who hate the "soap opera" effect and were searching how to fix it.  However, some actually like it.  My best friend says he likes the look, saying it makes it look LIVE or gives it a 3D effect.

Again, thanks.  I know it is one of those good problems to have, but it was so distracting.   


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