Dolby 3D

Even under the best of circumstances, watching films in 3D is kind of a pain. Those clunky glasses never quite sit right on anyone, and they’re hideous to boot. That goes double if you have to wear them over your normal glasses. And then on top of all that, the picture may still look off if you’re not sitting in the right part of the room.

Fortunately, the tech companies have heard your complaints and are working to remedy the situation. Dolby Laboratories, Royal Philips, and James Cameron‘s Cameron-Pace Group have announced a pact to support glasses-free 3D technology for the home. According to Dolby, the first such devices could hit stores “in the next year or two.” Hit the jump to keep reading.

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The moral of this story is two fold. First, sound totally makes a movie. And second, always do your best, you never know where it might take you. That second point applies because, a few weeks ago, I wrote a story about how Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the first film ever released to a streaming site encoded with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound. At the time, I didn’t know what that entailed specifically, just that it was a cool technological advancement. Fast forward a few days later and I’m in San Francisco at Dolby’s World Headquarters, sitting in their beyond state of the art screening room, about to watch an action sports snowboarding movie called The Art of Flight that will demonstrate exactly what Dolby 7.1 can do. Along the way, I also learned a bit more about Dolby as a brand and the overall theatrical experience as a whole. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »

Home theater technology improves at an alarming rate. Televisions gets bigger and brighter, Blu-ray players get faster and more dynamic, speakers get smaller and louder and they all get cheaper and cheaper. The cycle is one of the primary reasons the home theater experience has turned so many people off from the theatrical experience.

Tuesday, home theaters got even better as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides became the first streaming release to be encoded with a Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 audio track. Right now it’s only available on VUDU, an subscription-based streaming service owned by Wal-Mart, but seeing as this complex audio mix can now be brought into the home instantly, other providers are sure to follow suit. There more after the break. Read More »