Let’s talk a little bit about the quality of movies, shows and TV shows on your TV, especially if you have a new TV, but something goes wrong and you feel like movies don’t look the way they should.
No, there’s nothing wrong with you. Most likely you’re just facing an effect called judder. It is this effect that makes the image look different from the way you want it to be.
If you’ve ever encountered this, I know why.
What is juddering?
Judder is an effect that makes the image look like it is lagging. As a result, you don’t really enjoy using the TV.
I recently got a question from a friend of mine who was complaining about his LG TV and saying that it was lagging on movies. Of course that can’t be true, so I decided to look into it.
The problem turned out to be much more mundane than I would have expected – he was experiencing a lagging effect and didn’t even realize it was there. The truth is that even if my friend bought a new TV set, nothing would change. So what to do?
Why judder appears?
This effect occurs when content is recorded in fewer frames than the TV can play back.
In my friend’s case, he had a 60 Hz TV, which means that the TV displays 60 frames per second. At a time when most content (even Hollywood movies) is shot in 24 frames.
The TV simply adds extra frames by duplicating existing frames. But as you might have noticed, you can’t divide 60 by 24 to get a whole number (unlike 120 Hz TVs, which have no such problem).
As a result some frames are duplicated 2 times and some frames only 3 times. This makes it feel like a microlag when you watch a movie, TV show, or TV series.
Of course most of the time you don’t notice it because a second goes by very quickly, especially when you are watching TV. However, in movies with active scenes where there is a lot of detail, it becomes too noticeable, so you feel discomfort.
How True Cinema can help you to get rid of judder?
True Cinema works very simply. When activated, it detects the number of original frames and tries to show only them, without adding additional ones.
This makes the image smoother and you don’t get the feeling that something is going wrong. Of course, sometimes the technology synchronizes the frames to improve the picture, but most of the time you won’t notice any more micro-lagging.
Should you activate this option? If you like watching content with rapidly changing frames, obviously yes. It will make the picture smoother and you’ll have more fun.