Monthly Archives: February 2016


Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Experimental – Pass 2

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

Here is an update from my audio experiment on Sunday. I have been doing some research and along with the feedback provided by readers, I remixed the track from scratch. The source is 2.0 PCM 24 bit, and the goal is to create a track that sounds better than what a pro-logic decoder can produce.

I received a few different and conflicting remarks, so I thought it would be best to create each track at the same peak level, and to leave enough headroom for any dynamic adjustments. Even though I used the same processors, my overall approach on the new mix was totally different.

 

Below are some graphs that show the sound levels between the old mix, and the new.  Continue reading “Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) Experimental – Pass 2” »


Pete’s Dragon (2016) Trailer 1 HD FLAC and AC3 5.1 1

Pete's Dragon

Pete’s Dragon

Coming to theaters this August is a remake of Pete’s Dragon, and I must say that to me, it looks better than The Jungle Book. The teaser trailer is available at the Pete’s Dragon page as a .mkv with FLAC 5.1 or an .mp4 with AC3 5.1

I have only heard from one person regarding the IDR “Experimental” mix, so if you have any opinion on it, please do so in the comments section at the Independence Day: Resurgence page.


Independence Day Resurgence (2016) Experimental Trailer B – AC3 5.1 1

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

We have all been patiently waiting for a 5.1 version of the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer, and so far 20th Century Fox has only provided a 2 channel stereo version. I have decided to do some experimenting using some audio processors with the goal of creating a track that sounds better than the result of a stereo track played back using Pro-Logic II or Neo: 6 processing. I think I have done so, and the result is similar to what I recall hearing in the cinema when the trailer played ahead of The Force Awakens.

Obviously this is not ideal, but it should be better than the default 2 channel version until we can get a proper encode.  This is an experiment, and I do want your feedback. Is this worth doing for trailers that are not available in native 5.1? Does this sound better than 2.0 with Pro-Logic decoding?

Please try it out, and compare it with a stereo version. From my set up, I found this to have a much wider sound stage, greater dynamics, and a more powerful LFE than a Neo: 6 decode. The experimental trailer can be found at the Independence Day: Resurgence page.


Superbowl TV Spots 2

Below are the Superbowl TV spots for Independence Day: ResurgenceX-Men: Apocalypse10 Cloverfield Lane, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2. My favorite is Independence Day: Resurgence since it has a great tie in with the Superbowl.

Independence Day: Resurgence

X-Men: Apocalypse

10 Cloverfield Lane

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2

That is it for today. I have a lot of interesting format trailers coming soon – IMAX, Dolby Cinema, Christie, etc, and more 3D as well!


Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Trailer F7 (1080p AC3/FLAC 5.1)

Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice Trailers 1080p HD Dolby AC3 5.1 640Kbps

Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice

The latest trailer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theatres today. I actually have yet to see Man of Steel – and seeing this makes me want to see it sooner than later.  Trailer F7 can be found at the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice page.

Details:

.mp4 H.264 AC3 5.1 640kbps

.mkv H.264 FLAC 5.1 Lossless (stream 1) AC3 5.1 640kbps (stream 2)

 


4K UHD Blu-ray discs to be available March 1, 2016

4K UHD Blu-ray

4K UHD Blu-ray

4K UHD goes from streaming to high quality physical media

March 1 is now less than 3 weeks away, and this is the day when the first batch of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs hit the streets, in what promises to be the best video presentation in the home to-date. Physical media, not being constrained by the bandwidth limitations of streaming services are best suited for the large file size and bit rate of 4K Ultra HD video. The UHD Blu-ray spec allows for three disc sizes: 50GB with 82 Mbps bitrate, 66GB with 108 Mbps, and 100GB with 128 Mbps.  For comparison, Netflix streams 4K somewhere around 15 Mbps.

 

HDR – What is that all about?

You may have heard the term HDR being used a lot lately. HDR is “High Dynamic Range”, and many of the first UHD Blu-ray discs to be available will be mastered with HDR. This provides a greater level of contrast – whiter whites, and blacker blacks, for a more life like picture. While the discs will be HDR, and UHD players HDR compatible, current 4K TVs for the most part — are not. So, if you are in the market for purchasing a 4K TV, you may want to wait until later in the year, because HDR will be what you want. If you already made the jump to a 4K TV….well, things will still look good until you upgrade. If you do not care about HDR, you may also be able to save quite a bit on existing sets once the certified sets hit the market.

I want to buy a new 4K TV, how can I tell if it meets the HDR standard?

Ultra HD Premium

Ultra HD Premium

The easiest way to be certain, is to look for this logo. The “Ultra HD Premium” Logo will appear with TVs that meet the HDR standard set out by the UHD Alliance. Just to add some confusion, there is also Dolby Vision, which is Dolby’s version of HDR. Dolby Vision has support from LG, TCL, and Vizio on the manufacturing side, and Universal, Warner, MGM, and Sony on the studio side. Dolby Vision is a more advanced spec, and requires compatible Blu-ray players as well as Dolby Vision mastered content. The good news is that Dolby Vision equipment still meets the Ultra HD Premium standard – but not the other way around.

Dolby Vision will likely come with a higher price tag to Ultra HD Premium. So, if you are interested in getting the best possible picture and are not concerned with the cost – waiting for the Dolby Vision TVs, Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray discs may be your best option.

4K UHD Blu-ray discs available for pre-order

If you have a 4K TV and want to start watching content on March 1, there are several titles available for pre-order, including The Martian, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Hitman: Agent 47. You can pre-order those (and more) here: 4K UHD Pre-Orders

4K UHD Blu-ray players available for pre-order

Samsung UBD-K8500

Samsung UBD-K8500

The first 4K Ultra HD Player from Samsung – the UBD-K8500 is also available for pre-order here: 4K UHD Blu-ray players

Watch out for 4K Upscaling players!

A warning on players!  There are a lot of Blu-ray players out there that are listed as 4K Upscaling players. Those are not 4K UHD players. Those have software that convert a 1080p source to 4K. They are not native resolution, and will not playback any 4K UHD Blu-ray discs.

 

I hope that this information has been useful to you. It is always confusing when new standards and products hit the market, and I wanted this post to clarify some new concepts without being too detailed. If you think that I have made any errors in my assessment please let me know.


IMAX – Never Compromise Pre-Show (2015) 1080p AC3 5.1 and 4K 2

IMAX

IMAX

As usual these days, things seem to take longer to do than I plan for them to take. However, I am pleased to say that I have uploaded 3 versions of the IMAX ‘Never Compromise’ Pre-Show! All versions have the same audio – which I have made some adjustments to from a version I found at demo-world.eu. That file had a 5.0 channel track (no LFE) and I felt that the center channel was not present enough during the race car segment. For this trailer, I built an LFE track that is only present at three points. I also did some adjustments to the overall balance and levels between the channels. I think it is quite effective, and I hope you do as well.  For the video, all present sources that I could find have some banding in the opening, and I could not find any version that did not. In the end, I settled on the 4K source that IMAX uploaded to YouTube and created the other 1080p versions from that.

‘Never Compromise’ can be found at the new IMAX Pre-Show Trailers page. I do have some more to upload soon.