Dolby Laboratories will introduce the Dolby® ScreenTalk™ system and highlight
new features for its top-selling CP650 Digital Cinema Processor at CineAsia, held
in Bangkok, 3–6 December, stand 67/68.
Dolby ScreenTalk was first announced at
Cinema Expo in June this year and will be given its Asian debut at CineAsia. Dolby
Laboratories developed the Dolby ScreenTalk system in response to a need for a simpler
and more cost-effective method of producing cinema subtitles. In addition to subtitles
for foreign languages or for disability groups, the system also produces audio description
and can be used for cinema screen-advertising.
The latest CP650 product features to be shown include Auditorium Assist™ and
a new Digital Crossover Card. The addition of cinema processor available anywhere.
As of press time, around these new features makes the Dolby CP650 Digital Cinema
Processor the most comprehensive 8,000 CP650s have been sold worldwide.
As usual, Dolby will be sending engineers from the UK to provide technical assistance
at screenings throughout the convention, together with local Dolby sound consultant,
Mr. Sittiporn Srisanguansakul.
The company will sponsor the opening cocktail reception on the tradeshow floor
on Tuesday 3 December, from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
Based around an off-the-shelf PC, the Dolby ScreenTalk system enables crystal clear,
bright colour subtitles to be easily superimposed over the main film picture using
either a customer-supplied video projector or the cinema's existing video projector
if already installed (subject to a minimum requirement level). The system can also
be connected to any alternative subtitling device that the theatre chooses.
The audio description files (also stored on the PC) provide a narration of a
movie which can be beamed via a wireless headphone system to enable disability groups,
including the visually impaired, to enjoy first-run movies without any impact on
the rest of the audience.
Auditorium Assist provides a simple and reliable way to indicate the stability and
characteristics of a theatre's speakers, crossovers, amplifiers, and auditorium
acoustics, providing a consistent entertainment experience for each screening.
Digital Crossover Card
The addition of the Digital Crossover Card (Cat. No. 791) with the Surround EXÔ
Card (Cat. No. 790) integrates screen channel crossovers within the CP650. The card
has an extensive PC setup software package and a variety of settings are available
to optimise the playback chain of a cinema. The Digital Crossover Card provides
additional balanced outputs for two-way or three-way screen channel speakers. These
outputs carry the mid-range and high-frequency audio for Left, Centre, and Right
channels. Setup of the crossovers is incorporated into the CP650 PC setup software
to simplify the installation and alignment.
At CineAsia 2002, Dolby will also show its Digital Media Adapter™ (DMA™8), a tool
that addresses not only the audio needs of digital cinema, but also those of alternative
programming in cinemas, such as pay-per-view events, commercials, or digital broadcasts.
The DMA8 was introduced at ShowEast 2001, and since then has been installed at over
50 cinemas worldwide, helping exhibitors with nascent digital cinema screenings.
Dolby has also used its DMA8 and cinema audio engineering expertise for digital
cinema demonstrations and research throughout the world this year.