With each passing decade, it seems we get closer and closer to consuming motion pictures in our home “the way the director intended.” Whether or not you’ve got a dedicated home theater, many of us have smart TVs, 4K resolution, OLED screens, surround sound, or Dolby Atmos right in our own living rooms. Even the more basic advancements bring us one step closer to a more immersive in-home experience. And now, the latest update to our TVs is set to debut at CES 2020: Filmmaker Mode.
The new TV picture mode was created with input from the UHD Alliance, filmmakers, and studios. Their idea was to override a TV’s out-of-the-box picture settings to display content without motion smoothing or detail enhancement at the correct aspect ratio, color, and frame rate. Most TVs allow you to adjust these settings already, but it can be annoying to constantly have to rearrange them for each different movie or TV show. And thus Filmmaker Mode was born.
“When Paul Thomas Anderson, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins, Martin Scorsese, and Christopher Nolan reached out to the UHDA about extending the cinematic experience into the living room, we were eager and ideally situated to engage in the conversation,” said UHD Alliance Chairman, Michael Zink of Warner Bros. “The Ultra HD TVs from supporting CE members are capable of delivering a range of viewing options and the addition of Filmmaker Mode for cinematic content, which is based on input from a broad range of preeminent filmmakers, provides a way for consumers to better experience the filmmaker’s vision.”
The key with Filmmaker Mode was to make it easy for the consumer to access. Rather than having them manually adjust these settings, Filmmaker Mode is activated automatically through metadata embedded into the content or through the click of a single button. To make things even easier, the naming convention and settings will be consistent across multiple TV brands.
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Initially though, Filmmaker Mode will only be available on new TVs from Panasonic, LG, and Vizio. Other manufacturers will probably hop on board once they see how it plays out with the other three brands. For the rest of us, we can expect “some exciting news about Filmmaker Mode” at CES on Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. at Mandalay Bay.