Dolby Atmos

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Dolby Atmos is the name of a surround sound technology announced by Dolby Laboratories in April 2012, which was first utilized in Pixar's Brave.[1] The first installation was in the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, for the premiere of Brave in June 2012.[2] Throughout 2012, it saw a limited release of about 25 installations worldwide, with an increase to 300 locations in 2013.[3]

The Atmos technology allows for an unlimited number of audio tracks to be distributed to theaters for optimal, dynamic rendering to loudspeakers based on the theater capabilities. That is, Atmos enables the re-recording mixer (using a special version of industry-standard Pro Tools digital audio workstation software) to designate a particular location in the theater, as a three-dimensional volume, where each dynamic sound source should seem to be coming from. Ambient sounds are still separately pre-mixed in a traditional multichannel format. During playback, each theater's Atmos system mixes and renders all dynamic sounds in real-time to make it seem each sound is coming from its designated spot, in a manner customized to that particular theater's speaker configuration.

The first generation cinema hardware, the "Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor" supports up to 128 discrete audio tracks and up to 64 unique speaker feeds.[4] The technology will initially be geared towards commercial cinema applications only, but may later be adapted to home cinema.[5][6] In addition to playing back a standard 5.1 or 7.1 mix using loudspeakers grouped into arrays, the Atmos system can also give each loudspeaker its own unique feed based on its exact location, thereby enabling many new front, surround, and even ceiling-mounted height channels for the precise panning of select sounds such as a helicopter or rain.[7]

Information is now available about how Dolby Atmos will integrate into the Atmos Home Theater environment. It remains to be seen if consumers are willing to embrace more speakers in a market that demands less as alluded by some of the authorities in the audio industry.

Movie releases[edit]

Listing of movies utilizing the Dolby Atmos format (North American release dates unless indicated).[8]

Title Release date (No. of theaters worldwide)
Brave June 22, 2012 (15)
Taken 2 October 5, 2012 (15)
Chasing Mavericks October 26, 2012 (25)
Ah Boys to Men November 6, 2012 (20)
Life of Pi November 21, 2012 (40)
Rise of the Guardians November 21, 2012 (44)
Back to 1942 November 29, 2012
Sivaji 3D December 12, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey December 14, 2012 (80–100)
CZ12 December 20, 2012
The Guillotines December 20, 2012
The Last Tycoon December 22, 2012
Mama January 18, 2013
Race 2 January 25, 2013
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance February 8, 2013
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons February 10, 2013
A Good Day to Die Hard February 14, 2013
Oz the Great and Powerful March 8, 2013 (400)
Aatma March 22, 2013
The Croods March 22, 2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation March 28, 2013
Trance April 5, 2013
Commando April 12, 2013
Nautanki Saala! April 12, 2013
Oblivion April 19, 2013
Iron Man 3 May 3, 2013 (450)
Star Trek Into Darkness May 17, 2013
Epic May 24, 2013
Kuiba 2 May 31, 2013
Man of Steel June 14, 2013
Monsters University June 21, 2013 (700; 250 in North America)
The Heat June 28, 2013
Pacific Rim July 12, 2013
Turbo July 17, 2013
Mr. Go July 17, 2013 (Released in Asia)
D-Day July 19, 2013 (Released in India)
The Wolverine July 26, 2013
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters August 7, 2013
Planes August 9, 2013
Elysium August 9, 2013
Thalaivaa August 9, 2013
The Grandmaster August 30, 2013
Toofan September 6, 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 September 13, 2013
Lost Place September 19, 2013
Gravity October 4, 2013 (1,000; 600 in North America)
Metallica: Through the Never October 4, 2013
Vanakkam Chennai October 11, 2013
Pizza II: Villa October 11, 2013
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon October 13, 2013 (Released in China)
Ender's Game November 1, 2013
En Solitaire November 6, 2013 (Released in France)
Thor: The Dark World (3D only) November 8, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire November 22, 2013
Frozen November 27, 2013
The White Storm December 5, 2013 (Released in China)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug December 13, 2013
Biriyani December 20, 2013
Dhoom 3 December 20, 2013
Police Story December 24, 2013 (Released in China)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty December 25, 2013
Mahabharat December 25, 2013
Vizha - Tamil December 27, 2013
El Niño January 1, 2014
The Congress January 1, 2014
Mindscape January 1, 2014
Sholay January 3, 2014
Veeram January 10, 2014
Jilla January 10, 2014
1: Nenokkadine January 10, 2014
Jai Ho January 24, 2014
I, Frankenstein January 24, 2014
The Monkey King February 1, 2014
Gunday February 14, 2014
Tarzan February 20, 2014 (Released in Germany)
Kano March 1, 2014
Mr. Peabody & Sherman March 7, 2014
300: Rise of an Empire March 7, 2014
Noah March 28, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier April 4, 2014
Rio 2 April 11, 2014
Transcendence April 18, 2014
Iceman 3D April 25, 2014 (Release in China)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2, 2014
Godzilla May 16, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23, 2014
King Naresuan Part V May 29, 2014 (Released in Thailand)
Overheard 3 May 29, 2014 (Release in China)
Maleficent May 30, 2014
Farewell To My Concubine May 30, 2014
Open Windows June 1, 2014
Enchanted Kingdom June 3, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow June 6, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 June, 13, 2014
Jersey Boys June 20, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction June 27, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes July 11, 2014
Kundo: Age of the Rampant July 15, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy August 1, 2014
The Swimmers August 7, 2014 (Released in Thailand)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles August 8, 2014
The Expendables 3 August 15, 2014
The Maze Runner September 19, 2014
Skammerens Datter October 2, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies December 17, 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pixar's Brave to debut new Dolby Atmos sound system". BBC News. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  2. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (May 1, 2012). "Peter Jackson Considering Dolby Atmos for 'The Hobbit'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  3. ^ http://investor.dolby.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=799045
  4. ^ Hidalgo, Jason (April 26, 2012). "Dolby's Atmos technology gives new meaning to surround sound, death from above". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Dolby Atmos surround sound technology could transform video games". Digital Trends. April 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ Bolton, Nick (April 24, 2012). "New Dolby Technology to Make Horror Movies Scarier". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  7. ^ Webster, Andrew (April 24, 2012). "Dolby Atmos audio hits moviegoers with sound from all directions". Vox Media. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  8. ^ "Dolby Atmos Movies". Dolby Laboratories Inc. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

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