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Auro 11.1 is one of the cinematic speaker layouts of the Auro-3D format, invented in 2005 by Wilfried Van Baelen (CEO Auro Technologies, CEO Galaxy Studios). The Auro 11.1 cinema audio format is supported by Barco, a global visualization technology and digital cinema projection company.
The Auro 11.1 cinema sound format is an extension of the existing 5.1 surround sound format by incorporating height and overhead channels to allow for placement and panning of sound in the horizontal and vertical axis.
Auro 11.1 is a channel based system and thus differs in capability compared to competing formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The height layer allows for placement of background reflections and reverberations observed in nature as well as allow for smooth panning from the base layer to the ceiling. However, the lack of surround back channel restricts panning due to lack of differentiation between the side and rear sector. Similarly, the use of arrays for surround and overhead channel also disallows pin point localization of sound along the walls as well as within the theatre space. The Auromax format extends the capabilities of Auro 11.1 to approach Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
The system uses Auro-3D Octopus codec, which allows the 12 channels to be compressed into 6 channels by utilizing the least significant bits for the additional channels and its metadata. This allows Auro 11.1 to be played as 5.1 in the absence of a decoder.
The first Auro 11.1 system was installed in May 2010 in Galaxy Studios and the format was launched at the spatial audio conference (AES) in October 2010 in Tokyo. By December 2014, 550 installations were committed and installed in theaters worldwide.
The first movie mixed in Auro 11.1 was Lucasfilm's Red Tails, released in January 2012. On 1 November 2012, DreamWorks Animation announced that it would release 15 of its upcoming movies in the Auro 11.1 format.
The Auro 11.1 technological suite contains the Auro-Codec encoding - decoding plugins, Auro-Matic upmixer plugin and the Auro-Panner plugin.
The Auro 11.1 decoder
The Auro 11.1 decoder is a firmware based solution compatible with Doremi cinema servers, that activates once the metadata in an Auro 11.1 stream is detected. Once decoded, the media block routes the channels to the AP243D audio processor.
AP243D audio processor
The AP243D audio processor renders the streams received from the decoder and allows switching between 6 and 12 channel playback automatically or upmixing to Auro 11.1 layout.
Movie releases in Auro 11.1
|Red Tails||January 20, 2012||English|
|Madame Butterfly 3D||March 5, 2012|
|Rise of the Guardians||November 21, 2012||English|
|Het Bombardement||December 20, 2012||Dutch|
|Vishwaroopam||January 25, 2013||Tamil, Hindi|
|Ameerin Aadhi Bhagavan||February 22, 2013||Tamil|
|Oz the Great and Powerful||March 8, 2013||English|
|The Croods||March 22, 2013||English|
|Shadow||April 27, 2013||Telugu|
|Turbo||July 17, 2013||English|
|Mr. Go||July 17, 2013||Korean, Japanese, Chinese|
|Maryan||July 19, 2013||Tamil|
|Elysium||August 9, 2013||English|
|Diana||September 20, 2013||English|
|Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon||September 28, 2013||Mandarin|
|Stalingrad||October 10, 2013||Russian, German|
|Sutta Kadhai||October 25, 2013||Tamil|
|Ender's Game||November 1, 2013||English|
|Vidiyum Munn||November 29, 2013||Tamil|
|The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box||January 10, 2014||English|
|1: Nenokkadine||January 10, 2014||Telugu|
|Jilla||January 10, 2014||Tamil|
|I, Frankenstein||January 24, 2014||English|
|Swapaanam||February 27, 2014||Malayalam|
|Mr. Peabody & Sherman||March 7, 2014||English|
|D-Day: Normandy 1944||March 2014|
|Oculus||April 11, 2014||English|
|Damaal Dumeel||April 18, 2014||Tamil|
|Kaanchi: The Unbreakable||April 25, 2014||Hindi|
|The Amazing Spider-Man 2||May 2, 2014||English|
|Fool Cool Rock! ONE OK ROCK Documentary Film||May 16, 2014||Japanese, English|
|Kochadaiiyaan||May 22, 2014||Tamil|
|How to Train Your Dragon 2||June 20, 2014||English|
|Transformers: Age of Extinction||June 27, 2014||English|
|Arima Nambi||July 4, 2014||Tamil|
|Ramanujam||July 11, 2014||Tamil|
|1:13:7 Ek Tera Saat||July 13, 2014||Hindi|
|The House That Never Dies||July 18, 2014||Mandarin|
|Lucy||July 25, 2014||English|
|Alludu Seenu||July 25, 2014||Telugu|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||August 8, 2014||English|
|Into the Storm||August 8, 2014||English|
|Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam||August 15, 2014||Tamil|
|The Expendables 3||August 15, 2014||English|
|Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani||August 22, 2014||Tamil|
|Peruchazhi||August 29, 2014||Malayalam|
|The Maze Runner||September 19, 2014||English|
|Black & White: The Dawn of Justice||October 1, 2014||Taiwanese|
|John Wick||October 24, 2014||English|
|Onnumae Puriyalai||October 2014||Tamil|
|Chaar Sahibzaade||November 6, 2014||Punjabi|
|Wir waren Könige||November 13, 2014||German|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||November 21, 2014||English|
|Vizhi Moodi Yosithaal||November 21, 2014||Tamil|
|Gollu aur Pappu||November 21, 2014||Hindi|
|Penguins of Madagascar||November 26, 2014||English|
|Aaah||November 28, 2014||Tamil|
|Bowling Balls||December 17, 2014||Tamil|
|The Taking of Tiger Mountain||December 23, 2014||Mandarin|
|Kappal||December 25, 2014||Tamil|
|Unbroken||December 25, 2014||English|
|Mayapuri||January 9, 2015||Malayalam|
|JK Enum Nanbanin Vaazhkai||January 15, 2015||Tamil, Telugu|
|American Sniper||January 16, 2015||English|
|Isai||January 30, 2015||Tamil|
|Jupiter Ascending||February 6, 2015||English|
|From Vegas to Macau II||February 19, 2015||Cantonese, Mandarin|
|Uttama Villain||February 2015||Tamil|
|The Divergent Series: Insurgent||March 20, 2015||English|
|Home||March 27, 2015||English|
|The Age of Adaline||April 8, 2015||English|
|Vaaliba Raja||April 29, 2015||Tamil|
|Monk Comes Down the Mountain||July 3, 2015||Mandarin|
|Papanasam||July 3, 2015||Tamil|
|Minions||July 10, 2015||English|
|Pixels||July 24, 2015||English|
|Loham||August 20, 2015||Malayalam|
|American Ultra||August 21, 2015||English|
|A Tale of Three Cities||August 28, 2015||Mandarin|
|Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials||September 18, 2015||English|
|Everest||September 18, 2015||English|
|Sicario||September 18, 2015||English|
|The Last Witch Hunter||October 23, 2015||English|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||November 20, 2015||English|
|In the Heart of the Sea||December 11, 2015||English|
|Mojin: The Lost Legend||December 18, 2015||English|
|Mr. Six||December 24, 2015||Mandarin|
|Kung Fu Panda 3||January 28, 2016||English|
|Skiptrace||February 15, 2015||English|
|Flight Crew||April 21, 2016||Russian|
|28 Panfilovcev||April 2016||Russian|
|Warcraft||May 25, 2016||English|
|The Secret Life of Pets||June 24, 2016||English|
|The Legend of Tarzan||July 1, 2016||English|
|Ghostbusters||July 21, 2016||English|
|Ice Age: Collision Course||July 22, 2016||English|
|Jason Bourne - China Only||August 23, 2016||English|
|Inferno||October 12, 2016||English|
|Trolls||November 4, 2016||English|
|Sing||December 21, 2016||English|
|Passengers||December 21, 2016,||English|
|The Great Wall||February 17, 2017||English|
|TAKE2||January 26, 2017||Mandarin|
|Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back||January 28, 2017||Mandarin|
|Fifty Shades Darker||February 10, 2017||English|
|The Great Wall||February 17, 2017||English|
|The Boss Baby||March 31, 2017||English|
|The Fate of the Furious||April 14, 2017||English|
|Captain Underpants||June 2, 2017||English|
|The Mummy||June 9, 2017||English|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||July 6, 2017||English|
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