Motion Blur Solutions Don’t Work Says Study

Posted Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 09:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

DisplayMate, the company behind calibration and optimization software for a wide range of electronics, conducted a study that they say disproves the myth of motion blur.

Plasma got a bum rap for burn in issues, and even though it’s a non issue on new sets, the rumor persists. DisplayMate set out to attempt to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen with LCDs. The other problem of course, is the overmarketing of alleged fixes to the problem, such as 120Hz, 240Hz, and undoubtedly 480Hz display technologies.

“After extensive side-by-side objective testing with moving test patterns, moving photographs and live video we found that there was no visually detectable difference in motion blur performance for current mid to top-of-the-line LCD HDTVs, regardless of their Response Time, 60 or 120 Hz refresh rates, strobed LED backlighting, or motion enhancement processing,” says the study.

They also stated that while this blur was evident in the test patterns, it was undetectable visually when using typical video content. Any blurring issues that they did spot were found to be anomalies, or blurring in the source material, rather than blurring due to the television.

They sum it all up quite nicely. “As a result our bottom line recommendations are… If you stick with the mid to top tier models from the reputable brands, you should ignore Response Time specifications, not worry about LCD motion blur, and don’t spend extra for 120 Hz or higher refresh rates, strobed LED backlighting, or advanced motion blur processing.”

Source: Display Mate

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