The partnership between Rohde & Schwarz DVS and Park Road Post New Zealand has been repeated for the second film in The Hobbit trilogy. For The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug the companies integrated the new Dolby Atmos into the digital cinema package process. The DVS CLIPSTER allows for the world’s first implemented high frame rate DCI workflow with Dolby Atmos.
The 3D feature film was brought to life at Park Road Post Production, mastering both HFR-3D at 48fps and Dolby Atmos sound, all on the DVS CLIPSTER. Dolby Atmos is adjusted to suit each cinema, and instead of assigning audio tracks to discrete channels, 64 objects are available and are freely positioned spatially within the auditorium. Events are rendered and distributed to the required number of speakers using a decoder box.
Audio is fed into the Dolby Rendering and Master Unit (RMU), allowing for rendering for different configurations. The final package is then fed into the DCI mastering pipeline, headed by CLIPSTER. This generates the various versions of DCPs required by Park Road.
“Again, DVS has proven themselves to be the invaluable partner we have become accustomed to,” commented Ian Bidgood, technical director at Park Road Post. “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 CLIPSTER 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, added: “We feel very proud that we can once again pioneer with CLIPSTER 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”.