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Rohde & Schwarz: Clipster certified for Atmos mastering

The Clipster mastering system is now certified to enable users to create DCPs with a Dolby Atmos mix.

Dolby Atmos is an “object-based” immersive sound format, and recent films including Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction were given Atmos mixes for supported cinema theatres. A beta version of Clipster with Atmos was used last year for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Clipster can generate compliant DCPs in realtime – no matter if the material is in 2D, 3D, 4K or high framerates. By using Rohde & Schwarz DVS’s JPEG2000 encoding hardware, 96 frames can be converted per second.

Now, Dolby Atmos mixes can additionally be integrated in the mastering process for the DCP. “Dolby Laboratories always delivers exceptional technology that has and will transform the entertainment and cinema industry,” said Bernhard Reitz, head of product management at Rohde & Schwarz DVS. “Combining our technological know-how in past projects has shown us what we can achieve for the cinemagoers. We are delighted that the audience will benefit from our joint expertise and have an outstanding audio-visual experience.”

Atmos was launched in the spring of 2012. At press time roughly 650 Dolby Atmos screens have been installed or committed to in more than 40 countries.