Enable Motion Interpolation For Movies On Your PC

The debate over frame interpolation is starting to heat up, and you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Tech weblog Tested has a guide to enabling it on your PC and watching your movies with doubled frame rates.

While it is technically closer to what we see in real life, a lot of people are so used to watching video at 24 frames per second, that faster frame rates seem "fake" to them. Part of this is likely because the smoother motion is somewhat similar to what we see in soap operas (a lot of people describe it as the video looking like it's going 1.5 times faster, but actually moving at actual speed). If you haven't tried watching movies at a faster frame rate, or if you're already a fan but don't want to shell out for a 120Hz television, you can enable motion interpolation on your PC.

You'll need a fairly decent computer to pull this off; Tested recommends a good dual core processor for watching 720p video and probably a quad-core for 1080p. It also involves installing a few different programs and manually copying plugins into directories, as well as copying and pasting a bit of script, but it isn't too difficult—it just might take you a bit of time. Note that while the guide mentions re-installing ffdshow from scratch, it doesn't provide the link. You can get the installer package here.

I tested this myself and can confirm that it works on my 15" MacBook Pro in Windows 7 64-bit, and I did notice quite a difference. It's a bit distracting at first, but it definitely changes the way you watch certain types of fast-paced video, such as sports or some of today's cluttered, hard-to-follow action sequences (I'm talking to you, Transformers and The Bourne Ultimatum). It definitely takes a bit of getting used to, but if you're curious and want to see what it looks like before buying a new TV, it's definitely worth trying out. Hit the link for the full guide, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

How to Enable Motion Interpolationon Your Movie Files [Tested]


Comments

    I just ended up with an error printing as the script tried and failed to locate "MSuper" :C

      Oop. Fixed. I referred to this guide http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=288017 which is very similar, as the link to MVtools wasn't working at the provided link. Using the script there worked. :)

    Thanks for this article, I didn't even know it was possible to achieve something like this anywhere but on a high end plasma.

    The only problem I'm having is that when I skip through a video, the frames from the previous point and the new one start to flicker between eachother, and the only way to resolve it is to stop and start the movie from scratch.

    Good God, I can't imagine anything worse.

    Might be great for sport, but why would you do that to a film? Films aren't meant to look like "real life", the frame rate is one of the many ways you build a stylised reality.

    Filmmakers don't care about it looking realistic, they care about crafting a visual style to best draw you in to their story. Post-processing a film to give it the appearance of a higher frame rate is like swapping out the film score for something you like more. If you want to the film to work the way the filmmaker intended, stay away from techniques like this.

    Reminds me of the letterbox/full screen debacle. "But it's better if it fills up my whole screen, right?"

    Wait, does this mean you could essentially watch movies in 120Hz on a standard 60Hz HDTV by enabling this on your pc then hooking your pc up to your 60Hz HDTV?

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