ELi5: What are really the differences between cinema mode and filmmaker mode?


These two picture modes are found in electronic visual displays. How do these two modes work and how different are they from each other?

I really don’t understand these modes because, to me, they sound kinda like calibration but with preset profiles.

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Filmmaker mode is suppose to give the picture a more movie-like feel that’s as close to the director’s original intentions as possible. It turns off all of the TV’s post-processing options such as picture smoothing, noise reduction and AI enhancement, while slightly adjusting colour, contrast, brightness and so on to best present the film in the way it was meant to be seen. Essentially, it’s telling the TV to interfere as little as possible.

For Cinema mode, the parameters on the TV are defined by the manufacturer. That means LG’s interpretation of a cinematic picture will be different to what Samsung or Sony thinks, for example. Filmmaker Mode aims to unify this across brands that choose to implement the standard.

That said, other factors in your TV will still affect the picture quality. The manufacturer, the type of panel they use (LCD or OLED) and so on will have an impact, so Filmmaker Mode won’t look identical across different brands and types of TV. But the picture settings that it adjusts are the same across the board.

They don’t inherently mean anything; each mode does whatever the manufacturer wants it to do.

Read the manual for your TV and it will tell you what each mode does.

Apparently filmmaker mode is an industry-wide thing, and [their website](https://filmmakermode.com/about/) is fairly informative.

The TLDR is that modern TVs do a lot of image processing to “enhance” whatever content you’re playing. Filmmaker mode is basically “turn all that stuff off, display the video as neutrally as possible, let the original filmmaker’s artistic choices come through”. When you’re watching, say, Amelie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, or [Hero](https://newhouseinsider.syr.edu/2017/11/a-look-at-the-color-narrative-in-hero/), the last thing you want is to mess with the work the cinematographer/editor/director put into getting those colours.

Cinema mode is whatever the manufacturer wants it to be, but tends to have all the image processing stuff running to make the experience “more vivid”, or whatever they market it as.