Television has changed so much over the past decade. The shows are getting better, the productions are top-shelf, and more and more A-list Hollywood stars are opting for the small screen. And the small screens? Well, they are getting bigger.
Almost each home now has a cinema-like room with a huge TV and nice sound system for full-fledged movie or TV series experience.
However, it seems that most of us are using our high-end TV sets wrong and it is all about the video settings on our TVs.
The Smooth Motion Technology As The Culprit
The Duffer Brothers, creators of “ Stranger Things,” did a rather interesting interview with Vulture in which the duo had some negative comments about the so-called smooth motion technology – a video setting on modern televisions which creates a sharper image, but at the expense of the image also becoming very shiny, quite glossy, and somewhat surreal.
This is also known as the “ soap opera effect” and is not too popular among the filmmakers.
“Us and everyone in Hollywood puts so much time and effort and money into getting things to look just right, and when you see it in someone’s home, it looks like it was shot on an iPhone,” says Matt Duffer.
“When I go to my friends’ places back home I’m constantly fixing their TVs.”
The other Duffer brother, Ross, also can’t believe just how widespread the issue is, even at places and venues where one would expect people know what they are doing:
“It’s shocking! We were just at Comic-Con, and we walk on the main floor and the settings on every single TV is wrong. I was like, ‘Didn’t a bunch of nerds put this together? What is wrong with them?’”
If you’ve seen the first season of Stanger Things you know that smooth motion (or the soap opera effect) is not a friend of this show. This series is all about its distinct retro look, and seeing Stranger Things the right way is a huge part of the experience.
Now go check the settings on your TV and re-watch season 1 of Stranger Things whatever the outcome.