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Frequently Asked Questions related to the Motionflow feature on my TV

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What is Motionflow?
What techniques does Motionflow use?
What is the actual relation between Motionflow and refresh rate?
Is Motionflow active with different TV Scenes?
How to change Motionflow settings?
Is the LED Motion Mode the same as Motionflow?
What is the "True Cinema" mode in the "Motionflow" menu?
What is the difference between the "True Cinema" mode in "Motionflow" and the "Auto" setting in "Cinema Drive"?
Why does noise appear around the captions when the background is moving?
What is the purpose of the "Impulse" mode in the "Motionflow" menu?
Why is the picture blurred with fast moving objects (e.g. sports), or moving text banners?
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What is Motionflow?

The human eye can see a slight ‘judder’ as it perceives slight differences in position between successive TV frames.

This judder is most noticeable when on-screen objects are moving rapidly, and there is a large difference between the images' positions in each frame. By increasing the number of images seen every second, the TV produces a smoother, more natural TV picture.

Motionflow combines native panel frequency with other techniques so pictures become smoother, and more natural.

 

What techniques does Motionflow use?

Motionflow uses the following techniques:

  • Frame insertion, which creates new motion-compensated frames that are inserted between the original TV frames
  • LED Backlight control, for controlling the panel’s LED backlighting to make images sharper
  • Image Blur Reduction, to compensate for blurred images, cleaning up the subject so that it appears clearer

 

What is the actual relation between Motionflow and refresh rate?

The native panel frequency, also called refresh rate, is referring to how many images a panel can display in one second (Hz). Motionflow combines native panel frequency with other techniques to make pictures look smoother, and more natural.

 

Is Motionflow active with different TV Scenes?

Motionflow activity depends on the selected Scene Mode and InputMotionflow settings can be adjusted with almost all types of inputs, but only on TV models which feature the Motionflow menu.

NOTE: 2014 BRAVIA TV's between 32” – 48” screen sizes do not feature the Motionflow settings menu. On those models, Motionflow is always active.


How to change Motionflow settings?

Motionflow settings can be adjusted in models with the Motionflow menu by pressing the Home button of the supplied remote control, and by selecting Settings > Display > Picture > Motionflow.

NOTE: 2014 BRAVIA TV's between 32” – 48” screen sizes do not feature the Motionflow settings menu. On those models, Motionflow is always active.


Is the LED Motion Mode the same as Motionflow?

No, they are distinct features. LED Motion Mode improves motion clarity only with backlight blinking. As the backlight blinks, the brightness will be decreased when the LED Motion mode is activated, and some flickering may be seen on the screen.

 

What is the "True Cinema" mode in the "Motionflow" menu?

True Cinema is a Motionflow mode which restores the original film motion in broadcast programs.

NOTE: This feature is only available on BRAVIA models with the Motionflow Menu.

 

What is the difference between the "True Cinema" mode in "Motionflow" and the "Auto" setting in "Cinema Drive"?

Both modes have been developed to restore the original film picture from broadcast contents. The True Cinema mode acts on the motion fluidity from the pictures, where as the Auto setting in Cinema Drive improves the picture quality by reducing the distortion.

NOTE: These features are only available on BRAVIA models with the Motionflow Menu.



Why does noise appear around the captions when the background is moving?

This phenomenon may be caused by Motionflow. To work around this issue, you can try to deactivate Motionflow, by pressing Home on the supplied remote control and selecting Settings > Display > Picture > Motionflow > Off.

NOTE: This is only possible on BRAVIA models with the Motionflow Menu.



What is the purpose of the "Impulse" mode in the "Motionflow" menu?

The Impulse mode increases the sharpness of the picture in complex contents such as sport programs. When playing movies, the Impulse mode reproduces the movie projection feeling one can enjoy in the theatre.

NOTE: This feature is only available on BRAVIA models with the Motionflow Menu.



Motionflow Impulse




Why is the picture blurred with fast moving objects (e.g. sports), or moving text banners?

This phenomenon is due to the LCD technology (slow response of the Liquid Crystal) - the TV is not a malfunctioning.

This effect is more visible in low temperature conditions. Motionflow reduces this effect on fast moving objects. You can try the different Motionflow modes by pressing Home on the supplied remote control and selecting Settings > Display > Picture > Motionflow > type of Motionflow effect.

NOTE: This is only possible on BRAVIA models with the Motionflow Menu.