Originally Posted by UKTexan
Interesting article linked below regarding Sony pictures fairly recent upgrade of their William Holder theater to incorporate both Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D mixing capabilities.
"The mix team elected to work in Atmos natively rather than start with a 5.1 or 7.1 mix. “They did the Atmos mix, then folded that into Auro; it worked seamlessly and gave them a nice starting point for tweaking the Auro mix. From that, they created their 5.1 mix,” says McCarthy. -
I wonder if this will become the norm, mixing in Atmos and folding down to Auro 3D?
It would certainly offer the consumer the choice and avoid the detriment of a format war if both mixes were to be presented on the same Blu-ray disc.
This presupposes that Auro 3D licensing will become affordable to the masses.
How widespread within the film industry is the use of Harrison consoles with both codecs?
Sony Pictures are sponsoring a one day event next weekend with key note speakers from Dolby, Auro and DTS all discussing the future of the immersive formats - will DTS make any announcements to the industry insiders regarding MDA/UHD?
Could you comment on both points FilmMixer?
I'm interested to hear your opinion as you are directly involved in this line of work, thank you.
Well since I'm mixing at Sony right now next to the Holden I have some insight
Only Sony and Universal use Harrison's right now. And between the two there is only one Atmos/Auro dubbing stage (out of a total of 7 large film dubbing stages). In addition to that stage, there are only 3 others in town with both systems installed, and 2 more with Auro only (6 Auro stages in town). vs a total of 11 Atmos rooms.
Technicolor (my normal home) just did two films in both formats with a temporary Auro instal (scaffolding and rigged speakers.). Both started as Atmos native and then the 7.1 fold downs were used to create the Auro.
But the big three large format consoles all support Atmos. And two of the three natively support Auro. The third is an easy workflow. And natively in Pro Tools.
It's up to the studios to decide to release in both formats.
The one person from DTS on the panel that I know, I expect, won't be divulging any info on the consumer market. But MDA will most definitely be discussed. I might attend.... We're being kick off our stage for the day so they can Q and A in our room.
The issue with Auro in the home, IMO, is that the theatrical version requires LCR heights in addition to the additional surround heights. Then add a VOG and I don't think I can see any home iteration gaining mass attraction. It also still only supports arrayed surrounds.
While thebland can afford it, where money is apparently no object for him, I just can't see it being a reality for many hobbyists, even with dedicated rooms.
The use of both codecs for a studio would require dual inventory / releases. I don't see a business model at this time that makes sense... If there are a host of Auro films and content to come, that might make sense.
At this point the content is well in favor of Atmos in terms of sheer titles and announced projects.
But it is still changing....
And MDA is finally coming on line.
But this might be one time when being first to market, with BR, OTT (streaming) and mobile solutions ready to roll, is a definite advantage.
And again, to beat the horse, the Elevation technology will allow many consumers the ability to enjoy immersive sound at home with a minimum of fuss (in relation to the other options.)
Just my .02.