I remember back in 1996 when a friend told me about the cool dts trailer he saw before a movie – at that point I had only caught the Dolby “Train” and “City” trailers, and I was really interested in seeing the dts trailer. On July 3, 1996 I headed to the Oxford theater in Halifax, Nova Scotia to catch a little film called “Independence Day”. The Oxford is one of the very few old movie houses still in operation, which opened its doors on March 1, 1937. It is 78 years old, and had an extensive renovation in 2011. Continue reading “DTS – The Digital Experience (1993)” »
Just a quick update to let you know that the Dolby Trailers page has been updated to include 12 MKV files with Dolby TrueHD Lossless audio. Also, five of these Dolby trailers have Dolby ATMOS audio. If you have the equipment to play them, check them out!
When I uploaded the dts trailer “Animated Logo” the audio was Dolby AC3. This has been bothering me ever since, and I have held off on uploading more dts trailers because I felt that the audio on a dts trailer should be encode in dts, not Dolby, or AAC. This poses a couple of challenges – specifically getting a dts stream on an .MP4 for playback via the PS3. But then I realized that the PS3 can not play dts files accessed from the XMB (stored on USB or the hard disc). I don’t have a PS4, or an XBOX ONE but my research tells me that those platforms don’t support dts in that manner either. So the idea of getting a dts track on a .MP4 really is a useless endeavor. Unfortunately, it ate up a couple days of my life (off and on) trying to do it – with varying levels of success. In the end I was able to do it but the file would only play using MPC-HC (Media Player Classic – Home Cinema) and it had some issues.
As time went on, my PC connected to my receiver via HDMI has become my go-to media solution. The PS3 was great, but it has limits in compatibility. If something doesn’t play in one app on the PC, you can find a driver, codec, or another app that will allow it to play. With this in mind, I have updated the dts trailers page with a selection of 8 dts trailers that have dts audio. They are available in lossless DTS HD Master Audio 5.1. Two trailers have DTS HD High Resolution Audio and are 7.1. And for compatibility purposes for those who can not decode the HD Master Audio files, they are all available with the standard DTS 5.1 1,536 Kbps 48 kHz audio track.
This brings up a good question, and I pose it to you. What format do you want the trailers on this site to be in? MKV, MP4, or something else? Is there a desire to have trailers encoded in dts vs Dolby. Are people interested in FLAC? I want this site to be of value to those who use it. I will likely continue to post files as .MP4 with Dolby for comparability purposes, but if you have a preference please let me know using the Contact Us link in the menu, or in the comments section below. If there is a demand, I will look into it.
I uploaded two THX trailers – Eclipse Long, and Eclipse Short. Both feature the classic “Deep Note” with some rather hypnotizing visuals.
You can get them here or you can use the Audio Format Trailers menu at the top of the page. I have more THX trailers that I will be uploading before too long. To keep up to date, you can sign up for email alerts, or follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/thedigitaltheater to get notified when trailers or features are added.
This site is still in its very early days, as of today (August 12, 2015) it is just 3 weeks old. So if you are just stopping by for the first time, and are surprised by the lack of content – well, that is the reason. I have lots of things that I want to do, but it is taking me longer to get them completed than I had originally planned.
One aspect that I have started working on is 4K and the home theater of the future. 4K is very much like this site – in its early days – but there is going to be a lot of great content coming over the next year. I hope to put together some practical buying guides to help those who are interested in going 4K. Look for that soon.
I am also going to be reporting on the new object based sound formats Dolby Atmos and DTS:X so that you can make good buying decisions.
The other part of the site I want to develop is technical reviews of films and equipment. This will probably have to come last as it will take time to get the other site components together as well as taking the time to watch a film and then write a review about it.
One thing that I am not going to do, is to attempt to please everyone. If I watch a trailer and I do not like it, I will not post it on this site. That is the great part of owning a corner of the internet, you can make it what you want it to be. I want this to be the part of the internet that has the good trailers. Quality over quantity.
So stay tuned, there is more to come.
Perhaps one of the most impressive Dolby trailers of recent years “Unfold” features aggressive sounds in all channels, plus some great visuals. It is not subtle, that is for sure. Perfect for playing before a big action movie, or a romantic comedy.
Right click and select “save link as” to download:
This trailer is in MKV format, and will not play on a PS3. To get the MP4 version, visit the Dolby Trailers page.
The easiest way to play this trailer in its full glory is to have a computer connected to an AV receiver via HDMI.