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Dolby Digital Cinema replaces the traditional film print with a digital bitstream that ensures rich, vibrant sound and a pristine picture at every showing.
Dolby® Digital Cinema doesn't fade or scratch like traditional film prints. The hundredth showing of a movie looks and sounds as bright and clear as the first.
Because it's immune to wear and tear, Dolby Digital Cinema ensures that you see the images and hear the audio exactly as the director conceived them.
Digital distribution—via satellite, high-speed Internet connection, or hard drive—allows exhibitors to access the latest movies without shipping costs or delays.
Digital cinema eliminates the intense chemical processing required for traditional film prints, and the waste that occurs when hundreds or thousands of film-based prints end up in landfill at the end of a movie's run.
With its massive screen and powerful sound system, today's movie theatre can bring out the best in action-packed blockbusters and quirky independent features alike. But just as easily, it can bring out the worst.
When a film becomes scratched or faded from repeated showings, every flaw is magnified. What was supposed to be a colorfully rich panorama looks dull and somber. Special effects lack impact. And the story suffers as a result.
That will never happen with Dolby Digital Cinema. By replacing the traditional film print with a digital bitstream, it ensures that every showing of a movie looks like the first.
Colors never fade, and details remain vibrant as ever. Because Dolby Digital Cinema reproduces each sound and image with digital accuracy, you're assured of experiencing the movie just as the director intended.
Another benefit is the flexibility it offers theatre owners to show the movies you most want to see when you most want to see them. Traditional film prints arrive in canisters, and an exhibitor must order a separate print for each auditorium showing a film. For theatres equipped with Dolby Digital Cinema, distribution can occur via satellite, high-speed Internet connection, or hard drive, so an exhibitor always has access to the latest movies. When a line starts forming to see a surprise hit, you stand a better chance of finding a seat.
Dolby Atmos® is the latest, most lifelike audio experience for the cinema.
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Give audiences a superior experience every time and efficiently manage your features with Dolby Digital Cinema. Easy to integrate and operate, Dolby Digital Cinema delivers superb picture quality and stunning sound.
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