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Dolby

One of Sound Associates first cinema relationships, Sound Associates installed the very first Dolby processors for the first Star Wars film in 1977. Since the 1960s, Dolby Laboratories has been a leader in audio innovation. Beginning with Dolby® noise reduction, a form of audio compression and expansion that reduces background hiss in tape recording, Dolby Laboratories has developed and manufactured many ground-breaking technologies for professionals and consumers alike.

In the cinema arena, Dolby have led the way with the introduction of “A-Type” noise reduction in 1965, Dolby Stereo for Star Wars in 1977 and their most recent product innovation – Dolby Atmos. By employing overhead speakers as well as surrounds, Dolby Atmos can create realistic and natural sound experiences that envelop and involve the movie goer. Sound Associates have installed Atmos in a number of multiplex screens and in The Olympic, Barnes, currently the only UK independent to have this technology.

Dolby has acquired cinema server leader Doremi, increasing the breadth of their offerings and expertise in the highly competitive cinema landscape.

ShowVault and IMB

Doremi’s new ShowVault is a dedicated storage server capable of playing JPEG2000 digital movies that conform to DCI specifications. ShowVault was specifically developed to interface with Doremi’s IMB (Integrated Media Block) which is available inside Series 2 DLP projectors making 2K & 4K playback possible. The ShowVault has all the same features and functionality as Doremi’s existing DCP series cinema servers and is available in two chassis configurations depending on user requirements. ShowVault loads digital content from a networked central server via Ethernet or USB 2.0. It dispenses files electronically to the IMB via an external PCI Express cable. Using Doremi’s pre-loaded CineLister software, ShowVault allows theater operators to easily program the entire movie schedule including on-screen advertising, trailers, features and announcements.

The IMB (Integrated Media Block) utilizes Doremi’s patent pending 4K media block technology. With the IMB installed in a DLP Series-II 4K-ready projector along with Doremi’s external ShowVault, customers can now choose the most future-proof digital projection solution in the industry. If the customer elects to project in 2K, the integrated media block keeps content secure by moving the digital video decryption from outside of the projector to inside the projector.

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