• Dolby Content Services

    Consultants from Dolby support directors, exhibitors, and other industry professionals to deliver the best possible sound experience to audiences worldwide. From soundtrack mastering to on-site support at film festivals, Dolby Content Services knows what it takes to ensure top-quality sound for your movies.

    The Experts in Cinema Sound

    If you work in film, you know the importance of audio postproduction. Great sound elevates the cinema experience, and it should never be left to chance.

    But even a perfect studio mix can falter on its way to the theatre. Dolby® Content Services offers the assurance that what you hear in the final mix makes it to the theatre—and to your audience—intact.

    Dolby pioneered multichannel sound for the cinema and has contributed to numerous technical standards, including those for picture and sound synchronization and audio reference levels. The Dolby Content Services team draws on this technical expertise and the experience that comes from assisting thousands of filmmakers on thousands of movies.

    Motion Picture Soundtrack Mastering Service

    Dolby motion picture sound formats now include Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround EX™, Dolby Surround 7.1, and Dolby Atmos®. To ensure that soundtracks using these formats replay consistently in theatres worldwide as envisioned by the director, Dolby has established standardized sound replay conditions for mixing studios and cinemas.

    We also provide, through our Motion Picture Service Agreements, direct mastering support for every film that uses our technologies. Our Dolby Content Services team includes more than 100 consultants and engineers working in approved dubbing studios around the globe.

    The soundtrack mastering service Dolby offers doesn't stop in the dubbing studio. We assign a member of our team to each production for:

    • Verification of dubbing theatre alignment—critical in allowing the sound mixing staff to make consistently accurate artistic decisions
    • Technical evaluation of the soundtrack and work with mix teams to ensure that each mix translates accurately to the cinema
    • Assistance in creation of all deliverables for digital cinema and 35 mm distribution
    • Production of an official Dolby report to ensure that digital cinema soundtrack deliverables satisfy requirements for error-free mastering
    • Checking the first copy of the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or 35 mm print to verify that it meets suitable quality standards for duplication

    The Motion Picture Service Agreement also includes use of the Dolby logo in feature film credits and for promotional purposes.

    Whether you already have a distribution deal in place or are still looking for a suitable partner, the Dolby logo stamps your production with a mark of quality that's recognized across the industry and with audiences everywhere.

    Premier Studio Certification

    To aid film producers and directors in identifying dubbing studios that have superior equipment, acoustics, and competence, Dolby has established a Premier Studio Certification program in many parts of the world. The program measures technical excellence at every level of a studio's operation, and facilities that earn Dolby Premier Studio Certification are able to use a special logo in credits and advertising.

    Room acoustics, monitoring standards (visual as well as audio), equipment selection, installation standards, synchronization accuracy, mixing competence, and technical experience are all measured and evaluated as part of the certification process. The standards are based on our research and the vast experience of studio engineers who have worked all over the world producing multichannel film soundtracks.

    Locate studios that meet the requirements of the Dolby Premier Studio Certification program.

    Note: This program is not available in the United States and Japan.

    Dolby Atmos Premier Studio Certification

    Dolby Atmos Premier Studio Certification builds on our Premier Studio Certification to include our latest theatrical sound format as a key requirement.

    Studios that meet the requirements of the Dolby Atmos Premier Studio Certification program are able to use a special logo in credits and advertising, and receive a Dolby Atmos trophy and framed certificate. Existing studios with Premier Studio Certification, Dolby Approved Studios, and new dubbing studios can apply for Dolby Atmos Premier Studio Certification.

    For more details on the program, contact us. A range of documentation is available, including all the necessary technical specifications and calculations, as well as step-by-step procedures for application.

    Note: This program is not available in the United States and Japan.

    Digital Cinema Screening Services

    Expanding on our traditional Dolby screening services for 35 mm soundtracks, we now offer the complete package of equipment and engineering support for digital cinema screenings, including special one-off events, film festivals, marketing screenings, and premieres.

    We can arrange the installation of a server system (the Dolby Digital Cinema presentation system) and a digital cinema projector, and perform on-site alignment of all technical aspects, including both picture and sound.

    Studios with Dolby Premier Studio Certification

    Locate studios that meet the requirements of the Dolby Premier Studio Certification program.

    A Revolution in Cinema Sound

    Dolby Atmos offers powerful audio solutions for filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors, and a completely new experience for movie audiences.

    At Dolby offices in New York, Burbank, and the United Kingdom, you can access state-of-the-art facilities and a full spectrum of professional cinema services.

    Screening Rooms

    Our state-of-the-art screening facilities in Burbank and New York can be rented out for special screenings by the hour or by the day. Each screening room features a 4K digital cinema projector, Dolby Atmos sound system, and Dolby 3D projection. The screening rooms also accommodate all 35 mm digital sound formats, with simultaneous computer quality control.

    Digital Cinema Services

    Dolby makes digital cinema distribution as straightforward as possible. Acting as technical agents for our clients, we follow the content from studio to cinema. Our digital cinema services include:

    • Mastering and distribution media preparation
    • Distribution services
    • Key management
    • Playback services at any digital cinema site with any combination of projector and server

    We work with other vendors, mastering for either satellite or hard-drive distribution, and we use industry-leading tools to conduct stringent quality control of all the digital cinema content we encode.

    Digital Cinema Mastering Service

    Dolby has established digital cinema mastering suites at our offices in Burbank, New York, and Wootton Bassett, Great Britain (serving the international market) to produce the master Digital Cinema Package (DCP).

    These suites have all the necessary equipment and expertise for top-quality video encoding (both MPEG and JPEG 2000), audio processing, subtitle packaging, security encryption, and content packaging (MXF wrapping). Quality control is performed at all stages using 4K DLP cinema projectors in the screening rooms at each facility.

    Digital Cinema Distribution Service

    Working from the DCP produced by the mastering suite, Dolby duplicates and distributes digital cinema hard drives to cinemas worldwide. The hard drives can be duplicated in either the US or UK facilities and are quality-controlled before being dispatched.

    We understand the tight schedules for distribution, and because the hard drives are all security-encrypted for maximum antipiracy protection, we can use regular courier companies for delivery. Through these companies, the disks can be tracked right up to receipt at the cinema, and any delivery problems can be quickly rectified.

    Digital Cinema Security Key Management Service

    Management of the creation, distribution, and, if necessary, extension and reissue of security keys (also known as KDMs) must be carefully undertaken and constantly monitored to ensure that a cinema is able to play digital content when the film distributors have authorized them to do so.

    Although the business relationship of when keys are issued and when they expire clearly remains between the distributor and the exhibitor, Dolby provides a service to manage all security key issues on behalf of the distributor.

    Project Laboratory

    Dolby's Project Laboratory can assist with Dolby Digital or Dolby E playback to high-definition video, and supports a wide array of audio and video formats to help with your toughest technical issues.

    A Revolution in Cinema Sound

    Dolby Atmos offers powerful audio solutions for filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors, and a completely new experience for movie audiences.

    Whether it’s a private event or opening night, you want every screening to be a success. Dolby Content Services provides the support necessary to ensure that all your presentations meet the highest standards for picture and sound.

    Sound Calibration

    Dolby pioneered multichannel sound in the cinema, and our experience handling all sound formats (digital, 35 mm, and file- or tape-based playback) is unrivaled. Working within the capabilities of a venue's sound system, we calibrate playback for optimum results. We also check and align digital and analog sound readers for 35 mm screenings, and we assess the quality of the print as required.

    Picture Calibration

    In addition to calibrating audio playback, Dolby Content Services consultants check the cinema picture (2D or 3D) to see whether it meets industry standards for brightness and color balance. We also verify that the image is correctly framed and focused, and is in perfect sync with the soundtrack.

    Support for Film Festivals

    A film festival presents technical and logistical challenges for organizers and participants alike. The Dolby Content Services team provides comprehensive support to festivals worldwide, including the Tribeca, Sundance, Toronto International, Berlin International (Berlinale), Cannes International, and Venice International film festivals.

    The services we provide to these and other festivals include:

    • Engineering Screening Support
      Assistance with all aspects of image and sound to help ensure excellent presentation quality for your screenings—everything from assessing equipment needs beforehand to providing on-call support during the festival.
    • Engineering Support and Videotape Recording (VTR) Audio Interfacing
      Professional engineering support to check VTR setup for correct sound and image synchronization, audio channel routing, picture setup, and overall interfacing. Can include any necessary equipment for HDCAM SR/DigiBeta screenings for an additional fee.
    • Engineering Support and Digital Cinema Server
      Installation of a Dolby Digital Cinema server at your venue, connection of it to a third-party cinema projector and existing sound system, and calibration to ensure correct DCP playback of image and sound in 2D or any current 3D cinema format.
    • Engineering Support, Cinema Server, and Projector Rental
      Installation and calibration of digital cinema (2D or 3D) at a nondigital cinema.

    A Revolution in Cinema Sound

    Dolby Atmos offers powerful audio solutions for filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors, and a completely new experience for movie audiences.

    What happens at the lab affects what audiences experience in the theatre. For small releases and blockbusters alike, Dolby Content Services works to eliminate defects and monitor quality from manufacturing through distribution.

    Digital Cinema and 35 mm Print Checking

    Dolby provides worldwide quality-assurance services for postproduction and distribution clients prior to the release of trailers, shorts, features, advertisements, trade promos, and large-format venue or signature films (such as those for theme parks or IMAX® theatres).

    Our engineers scrutinize both image and sound quality from original digital content to domestic and international DCPs, from 35 mm check prints to a systematic sample of release print reels.

    The Dolby Content Services team has in-depth knowledge of digital cinema technology and print manufacturing workflow. This knowledge—combined with constant communication between our field representatives, in-house staff, laboratory personnel, and postproduction and studio clients—has enabled us to work with the same clients for more than 25 years on hundreds of titles per year.

    Laboratory QC Certification

    Our engineers visit print laboratories twice a year to calibrate their Dolby Digital quality-control systems, ensuring that the working and QC procedures meet strict standards. This service enables the laboratory to make the highest-quality Dolby Digital prints, ready to be played in any properly equipped cinema worldwide.

    Optical Camera Certification

    The optical camera transfer stage of a film's soundtrack production is a critical process and requires careful control. Because problems at this stage can affect proper playback of both the analog and Dolby Digital soundtracks, we offer an annual service to align and check the quality of the optical sound camera installation.

    As part of this service, we make a test negative on the camera, print it, and conduct a detailed analysis of the transfer quality.

    Note: This service is not available in the United States.

    A Revolution in Cinema Sound

    Dolby Atmos offers powerful audio solutions for filmmakers, distributors, and exhibitors, and a completely new experience for movie audiences.