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]

History[edit]

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]

Technology[edit]

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]

Home theaters[edit]

At the end of June 2014, Dolby Labs' hardware partners announced that Dolby Atmos would soon be coming to home theaters.[8]

Among them were several established manufacturers of audio-visual home entertainment devices announcing new products that will bring Dolby Atmos into home theaters across the globe in the imminent future. Products offered will range from premium home cinema receivers and preamplifiers to mid range home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB) packages of well-known brands such as Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer and Yamaha; further models - also from lesser-known manufacturers and brands - will be following before the end of 2014 and through the first half of 2015. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

First current movie titles featuring Dolby Atmos surround sound will be available in stores starting in late autumn of 2014 on Blu-ray-Disc; beginning in 2015, there will be numerous further releases of both current and catalog titles. [15] [16]

Further information about how Dolby Atmos will integrate into the Atmos Home Theater environment is now being published around the web.[17]

It remains to be seen if consumers are willing to embrace more speakers in a market that may demand less than alluded by some of the authorities in the audio industry.[18]

Movie releases[edit]

Listing of movies utilizing the Dolby Atmos format (North American release dates unless indicated).[19]

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
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
Iceman 3D April 25, 2014 (Release in China)
Farewell My Concubine May 15, 2014
Godzilla May 16, 2014
Coming Home May 16, 2014 (Release in China)
X-Men: Days of Future Past May 23, 2014
Maleficent[20] May 30, 2014
Edge of Tomorrow[20] June 6, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2[20] June 13, 2014
Jersey Boys[20] June 20, 2014
Transformers: Age of Extinction[20] June 27, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes July 11, 2014
Lucy July 25, 2014
Hercules (3D only)[20] July 25, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy[20] August 1, 2014
Jigarthanda August 1, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles August 8, 2014
Into The Storm[20] August 8, 2014
The Expendables 3[20] August 15, 2014
Dolphin Tale 2 [20] September 12, 2014
The Maze Runner (film) [20] September 19, 2014
The Boxtrolls [20] September 26, 2014
The Book of Life [20] October 17, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies[20] December 17, 2014
Kick (2014 film) July 27, 2014
Manglish July,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 for home theaters: FAQ". Dolby Laboratories Inc. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  9. ^ "Denon Press Release: Denon Unveils New AV Receivers for Dolby Atmos Sound". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  10. ^ "Marantz Press Release: Marantz Unveils New AV Receiver and Preamp/Processor for Dolby Atmos Sound". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  11. ^ "Onkyo Press Release: New Onkyo High-End A/V Components Debut with Dolby Atmos, 4K/60 Hz Video, and Premium Build". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  12. ^ "Onkyo Press Release: Onkyo Unveils Dolby Atmos-Ready HTiB Packages, Speaker Systems, and Base-Model A/V Receiver with HDMI 2.0 and Bluetooth". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  13. ^ "Pioneer Press Release: Pioneer announce Dolby Atmos compatible high-end AV receivers". Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  14. ^ "Yamaha Press Release: Dolby Atmos® through the new AVENTAGE RX-A3040 and RX-A2040 AV receivers.". Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  15. ^ "Dolby Blog - Lab Notes: Dolby Atmos: Coming soon to a living room near you". Retrieved 2014-07-02. 
  16. ^ "Dolby Atmos Surround Sound Coming to Home Theaters". Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  17. ^ http://www.audioholics.com/audio-technologies/dolby-atmos-home-theater-101
  18. ^ http://www.audioholics.com/editorials/dolby-atmos-home-theater
  19. ^ "Dolby Atmos Movies". Dolby Laboratories Inc. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n http://www.dolby.com/us/en/experience/dolby-atmos/movies.html

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