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Dolby Showcases Newest Broadcast Solutions for Tomorrow at NAB 2006

In addition to the newest Dolby products, Dolby Media Producer will also be showcased (March 21, 2006)

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. today announced that it will unveil two new ground-breaking broadcast products at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2006 Conference and Expo, April 22-27 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (booth SU2923).

The Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer is Dolby's innovative new system for automated file-based loudness analysis and correction, as well as faster-than-real-time encoding and decoding of Dolby technologies. The company's new Cat No. 561 Dolby Digital Plus OEM Encoder Module is the first Dolby Digital Plus encoder designed for integration into third-party manufacturer's audio/video products. The Cat. No. 561 gives broadcasters real-time, multistream, and multichannel encoding for Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus formats.

In addition to the newest Dolby products, Dolby Media Producer will also be showcased at NAB. Dolby Media Producer is Dolby's new suite of professional audio mastering software used in the creation of DVD and high-definition disc media. The company also will highlight many of its other leading digital entertainment solutions: Dolby E and Dolby Digital for HDTV program production and distribution, Dolby Pro Logic II for HD Radio, and Dolby Digital Cinema.


"Dolby's goal is to provide technologies that make it easier to deliver the best possible entertainment experience," said Rocky Graham, Director of Broadcast Products, Dolby Laboratories. "Our newest products give the industry the tools it needs to bring audio into the new generation of broadcast and packaged media."


The Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer
The Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer is an innovative and flexible product that offers the world's first intelligent file-based audio loudness analysis and correction system. Compatible with many of the most common broadcast media file formats in use today, the DP600 expands upon the technology developed for the award winning Dolby LM100 Broadcast Loudness Meter with Dialogue Intelligence. Terrestrial, cable, and satellite broadcasters will now have the ability to automatically normalize the loudness of all of their file-based programming and commercials without impacting the original dynamic range. Programs can be normalized either by correcting metadata values or scaling the audio signal itself to a target loudness level.

The system also offers the option of faster-than-real-time, file-based encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby E content, as well as efficient transcoding between the formats.


The Dolby Cat. No. 561 Encoder Module
The first Dolby Digital Plus encoder module designed for integration into audio/video products from third-party manufacturers, the Dolby Cat. No. 561 offers real-time, multistream, and multichannel encoding of both Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus formats. This module will also allow for high-quality transcoding of Dolby Digital to Dolby Digital Plus bitstreams, and Dolby plans to include Dolby E decoding in subsequent software updates. By incorporating the Cat. No. 561, broadcast equipment manufacturers can provide their customers with a comprehensive integrated audio solution, saving equipment costs as well as valuable rack space.


The Dolby Media Producer
A professional suite of software DVD and high-definition disc mastering tools, Dolby Media Producer includes Dolby Media Encoder, Dolby Media Decoder, and Dolby Media Tools. The suite provides content creators with comprehensive audio mastering capabilities for packaged media applications. These tools support encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and MLP Lossless for HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc and today's DVD-Video and DVD-Audio formats. Dolby Media Tools offers bitstream and metadata editing features to save costly re-encoding of existing files.


Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Digital Plus is the next-generation audio technology for all high-definition programming and media. It combines the efficiency to meet future broadcast demands with the power and flexibility to realize the full audio potential of the high-definition experience. Built on Dolby Digital, the multichannel audio standard for DVD and HD broadcasts worldwide, Dolby Digital Plus was designed for the delivery formats of the future, but remains fully compatible with all current A/V receivers.


Also at NAB, Dolby will host Metadata Made Simple, a twice daily booth seminar that will focus on best practices for setting metadata when working with Dolby's industry-standard technologies for broadcast audio: Dolby Digital and Dolby E. As a recognized leader in digital cinema technology, Dolby will also participate in panel discussions within the NAB Digital Cinema Summit on Saturday, April 22, including Equipping Facilities for D-Cinema: A Practical Guide and The Digital Cinema Rollout Experience to Date.

To learn more about Dolby's products, technologies, and sponsored events at NAB 2006, please visit www.dolby.com\events\NAB2006.


About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong,and Tokyo.

For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

 


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