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Dolby Atmos for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with DVS and Park Road Post

(December 18, 2013)
DMN Newswire--2013-12-18--Hanover/Wellington. The highly successful collaboration of Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH (DVS) and Park Road Post Production New Zealand has been repeated in the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy. For The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug the companies integrated the new Dolby standard Atmos? into the DCP process. The DVS CLIPSTERŽ allows for the world?s first implemented high frame rate DCI workflow with Dolby Atmos?, creating a technological premiere in the movie theatres.

When The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), premieres on December 12th, 2013, the new Dolby Atmos? standard will add another dimension to the experience of sound, alongside stunning images. Dolby Atmos? envelops the audience, allowing for precise sound event positioning in the auditorium, perfectly complimenting the stunning High Frame Rate  (HFR) 3D images. The full three dimensional experience was brought to life at Park Road Post Production, mastering both HFR-3D at 48 fps and immersive Dolby Atmos? sound, all on the DVS CLIPSTERŽ.

Dolby Atmos? takes into account each venue?s unique configuration; the powerful and sophisticated sound mix is adjusted to each and every cinema. Instead of assigning audio tracks to discrete channels, 64 objects are available and are freely positioned spatially within the auditorium. Thanks to an intelligent decoder box, sound events are rendered and distributed to the required number of speakers. Thus, Dolby Atmos? enhances quality and performance of the surround speaker installation.

On the production side, the audio (dialogue, music and effects) is fed into the Dolby Rendering and Master Unit (RMU), this allows flexible rendering for different configurations. The final package is then fed into the DCI mastering pipeline, headed by CLIPSTERŽ. The CLIPSTERŽ generates the final DCP or, to be more precise, the various versions of DCPs required by Park Road. CLIPSTER?s powerful feature set allows creation of a variety of versions, within a very short timeframe, thanks to its unprecedented DCI Mastering performance. CLIPSTERŽ masters the material in high quality at 48 fps in 3D ? plus the respective Atmos? track.

At the forefront of post production technology, the award-winning team at Park Road aims to attain unprecedented results for their clients. In the first The Hobbit film, the HFR 3D and image quality mastered for exhibition thanks to CLIPSTERŽ deployment, was an absolute novum, and the team at Park Road have been internationally recognized for their contribution in bringing this new experience to cinema audiences world-wide. Movement appears noticeably crisper and smoother to the viewer ? especially with rapid action ? 3D comfort is maximised. With Dolby Atmos? Park Road?s aim of elevating cinema is once again underlined: Quality and experience of sound has never been as precise and striking.

Ian Bidgood, Technical Director at Park Road Post, ?Again, DVS has proven themselves to be the invaluable partner we have become accustomed to. We were extremely happy to continue our innovative partnership that was started on the first part of The Hobbit Trilogy. Once again, DVS?s significant advancements in the CLIPSTERŽ platform along with their absolute willingness to innovate and push the technological boundaries has not only helped to master a 3D HFR DCP with incredible speed, but has now bought Dolby Atmos? mastering within the same platform."

Bernhard Reitz, Head of Product Management at DVS: "It is a true honour to once again have played a role together with Park Road Post in the The Hobbit Trilogy. It is a stunning testimony of how CLIPSTERŽ is being used for both high frame rate mastering and exquisite DCP creation. We feel very proud that we can once again pioneer with CLIPSTERŽ by including Dolby Atmos? in our system. This will undoubtedly add an exceptional dimension of sound on top of a breathtaking image quality to the audience?.  

About The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: From Academy AwardŽ-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
?The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

About Park Road Post Production: A premier post production facility located in Wellington, New Zealand. Developed by filmmakers for filmmakers, Park Road offers a relaxing and inspiring environment for filmmakers to realise their vision. Park Road was established as a one-stop shop with world-class integrated picture and sound departments all under one roof. Park Road is uniquely placed to supply all post services for a feature from on-set support, rushes, stereoscopic alignment, digital intermediate, foley and sound mixing through to the final completion of all film and digital deliverables for distribution. Visit them at:

About Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH: For more than 25 years, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH has been very successful in the professional film, video post production and broadcast markets. The specially developed and manufactured hardware and software are applied to the production of popular TV series, Hollywood blockbusters and in Digital Cinema. CLIPSTERŽ was the first system in the world to make real-time 4K processing possible. The future-proof Media Production Hub VENICE offers a flexible solution for modern, file-based workflows in broadcast environments. At NAB 2013, VENICE won the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit Award.          

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Related Keywords:DVS, Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH, post production, DCI, 3D, DCI Mastering, CLIPSTER, The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug, Park Road Post, Dolby Atmos, HFR, High Frame Rate

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