On the initiative of famous directors such as Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Paul Thomas Anderson, Ang Lee, Ryan Coogler and Christopher Nolan, among others, the UHD Alliance in August 2019 had defined a special cinematic mode, the "Filmmaker Mode", which is intended to present films on television sets as closely as possible to the way their makers intended them to be shown.
Samsung has now started to implement the Filmmaker Mode on some of its TVs, more precisely on the QLED models Q950T, Q900T, Q850T, Q800T, Q90T, Q80T, Q8DT, Q70T, Q7DT, LS03T and LS01T via firmware (version 1301.5). It will be activated automatically as soon as corresponding Filmmaker metadata is detected in a movie - but it can also be activated manually and is intended to improve the display of HDR as well as SDR content. The firmware update was first available in the USA, but will now also appear as an option in the menus of the respective TV sets in Europe.
Modern televisions offer a whole range of possibilities for users to optimize the display of special content - be it sports or video games - on their TV according to their viewing habits and wishes. The new mode is designed to provide a special experience that is true to the original and ready for cinema.
For example, the new "Filmmaker Mode" deactivates all post-processing, such as the long disputed Motion Smoothing, which has long been a nuisance for filmmakers because it gives films a video look. In addition, the Filmmaker Mode is supposed to ensure that movies are not only shown in the correct aspect ratio, but also with the original colors, contrast and frame rate. This means that special metadata must be defined to provide this information to the TV sets.
The exact specifications of the Filmmaker Mode: - A D65 white point (6500K) is applied to SDR and HDR content - Frame rate and aspect ratio of the source content is maintained - Motion interpolation is deactivated - Overscan is deactivated, unless the content signals otherwise - The functions for resharpening are deactivated - Noise reduction is switched off - The processing of other image enhancements is also disabled
In contrast to other picture modes that first have to be called up laboriously via menus, the new filmmaker mode should either be activated automatically by metadata embedded in the content or be activatable by a single button.
Filmmaker Mode is also supported by Hollywood industry associations such as the Director&s Guild, The Film Foundation, the International Cinematographers Guild and the American Association of Cinematographers. In addition to Samsung, other major TV manufacturers such as LG, Panasonic, Vizio and Philips have announced that they will implement Filmmaker Mode in their TVs - in new models and, via firmware update, in models already on the market.