One afternoon I went to a warehouse store and saw Jack the Giant Slayer on the Bravia TVs near the entrance. I’d seen the movie on the big screen before and it was good, but when I saw it this time it was… different. This Jack oozed across the screen with such slickness and smoothness that I had to blink and look again before I understood what I was seeing.
The movie I was seeing looked like how 3D games on my lightning fast gaming PC looked!! I was used to seeing this quality of movement in Shadow of Mordor or Fallout 4, but movies weren’t supposed to look this good.
I found out that this effect I was seeing is called Motion Interpolation. Most new high-end HD TVs like Samsung have this built in – Samsung calls it Auto Motion Plus. Some derisively call it the Soap Opera Effect.
Some people love it, some people hate it, but it’s a new and different way of watching movies.
If you don’t know whether you’ll like it or not, the good news is you can try it for free! Here’s how.
First, I recommend using a video player called MPC, with the CCCP codec pack. MPC is the old Windows Media Player found on Windows XP and Windows 2000, but modified for use with modern software and plugins. It is fast, lightweight, minimalist and very easy to use.
Install it with the CCCP Code Pack. You can download the files here to do so. Select the appropriate version whether your processor and OS is 64-bit or 32-bit.
Install it like any other software using all the defaults. You should not need to change anything unless you have special hardware or software running on your system.
Next, get a copy of the Smooth Video Project. The latest version can be downloaded here:
It’s a pretty small download, but this is only the installer. It will still download several components from the internet while you are installing, and the total package once installed will be around 75MB.
Run the downloaded svp4-free-online.exe file, and then install it as usual.
Afterwards you’ll be asked to do some configuration. I would suggest leaving the settings on the defaults, they work well enough with the Media Player you will be using.
After installation is complete, a shortcut will appear on your desktop unless you changed that option. You will use this to run SVP, and you will see the SVP icon in your desktop tray.
Double-clicking on this will pull up your SVP Control Panel, and we should take the time to fix the settings. Generally, you will want to put all your settings as high as possible. For most people with a mid-range video card from the past five years ago, you should be able to run SVP just fine even on the highest settings.
- If the video is not very smooth, find the sweet spot in the “Higher Performance” and “Higher Quality” slider.
- Artifacts Masking reduces the square blotches around people that sometimes show when they are against a complex background, like a forest.
- You can choose to Optimize for “Film” or “Animation.” In practice, I saw little difference, but I would select “Film” for regular live-action movies and “Animation” for 3D animated films like Pixar movies, or for anime and cartoons.
Unless you purchased the Pro version, that’s pretty much all you can set in the control panel.
Good, SVP should now work with Media Player Classic automatically. To check, open a video. You should see the SVP logo flash momentarily at the lower left of the screen.
And that’s it! You are ready to enjoy any video you have with the quality of a high-end premium HD TV.
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