LG announced that the 2020 and 2021 LG 8K and 4K TVs will now automatically turn on Filmmaker Mode when you watch content from Amazon Prime Video streaming. Filmmaker mode was introduced in 2019 to allow you to disable picture processing features such as motion smoothing or image sharpening. This can cause a horrible, unnatural appearance often called the soap opera effect.
Prime Videos' ability to automatically trigger Filmmaker Mode is a first in the industry. LG made the promise at CES 2020 when it introduced the setting to its TVs. The company also promised that it would offer an API to streaming apps so they could enable the mode automatically. It was possible to manually activate the mode from the TV's settings menu. However, automatic switching is useful if you frequently switch between content that requires image processing (such as live sports) or more traditional TV and film shows.
It's easier than manually activating the feature
The switching process is automatic but LG's press release states that a pop-up will allow viewers to confirm or decline Filmmaker Mode if compatible content is detected.
This hassle could be avoided, though, if the TV manufacturers didn't insist that features such as motion smoothing are turned on by default. LG's press release claims that these post-processing features are perfect for all types of content, including TV shows and sports. You don't have to worry again if you disagree with our guide on how you can disable motion smoothing in your TV.
LG has announced that the software update to enable Prime Videos automatic filmmaker mode switching will be rolling out to compatible webOS 5 TVs and webOS 6 TVs this week.