How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

Are you encountering action or motion smoothing on your TV while watching movies or shows? While you don’t know what it is, you might have noticed something strange, i.e., pictures feeling smoother, and it’s because of motion smoothing. Every TV brand calls it by a different name, and TCL calls it Action Smoothing. Today, you will learn what the feature is and how you can turn off action smoothing on TCL TVs.

What is Action Smoothing?

On TCL TVs, action smoothing is an implementation of motion smoothing, a common feature on high-end TVs. For the unaware, when motion smoothing is enabled on the TV, it artificially increases the framerate of the video.

TCL says the feature reduces motion blur, which is true at some point as it helps you see fast-moving objects easier, but to make the pictures smoother, it adds a motion blur to the in-between images, which makes movies and TV shows look weird.

As of now, most movies, web series, and broadcasts are shot at 24 or 30 frames per second (fps or Hz), which is a standard and enough for the eye to perceive them as smooth video. However, nowadays, most TVs and monitors come with 60Hz, 120Hz, 144Hz, or even 240Hz displays. But the shows are still 24 or 30 fps, so what’s the point of 60Hz, 120Hz, or 240Hz displays if the content only updates at half of that?

This is where motion smoothing comes into play. It fixes this problem by comparing a before and after shot to find the middle shot between them.

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

You can easily disable the feature on the TCL TV by navigating to the Advanced Picture Settings. Here’s how you can turn off the feature:

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

Step 1: Press the gear button on the TCL remote control.

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

Step 2: Navigate to Settings > Display & Sound > Picture and choose the Advanced Settings option.

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

Step 3: Navigate to Advanced Picture Settings and choose Action Smoothing.

Step 4: Select Off from the given options to turn the feature off.

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL Roku TV

If you have a TCL Roku TV, you have to select a specific input or use the app to bring up the full selection of picture settings. Follow the below steps to disable the action smoothing feature on your device:

How to Turn Off Action Smoothing on TCL TV

Step 1: First of all, open an input or app.

Step 2: On your remote control, press the asterisk (*) key.

Step 3: Choose Picture Settings and look for the motion smoothing feature.

Step 4: If you are not able to find the motion smoothing option, navigate to Advanced or Expert Picture Settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I disable motion smoothing on my TCL Smart TV?

Yes, you can turn off the motion smoothing on your TCL smart TV by going through the simple steps mentioned in the article above.

Q. What is the TCL action smoothing feature?

Action smoothing in TCL TVs is a feature that reduces motion blur by increasing the framerate of the video artificially on the TV. The original video remains unchanged if the feature is turned off on the television.

Q. Do TCL TVs have a soap opera effect?

Yes, the TCL TVs have a soap opera effect, but TCL calls it action smoothing because every TV brand uses its own term for the motion smoothing feature.

Q. Should action smoothing be on or off?

The action smoothing on the TCL TVs should be turned on if you are planning to watch a show whose scene is moving slowly. If that’s not the case, it should be turned off in its ideal condition.

So, this is how you can disable action or motion smoothing on your TCL TV. I hope the above article helps you do so.

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