I have been meaning to post this for some time, but it just kept getting pushed down the pile. The THX Trailers page has been updated with eight (yes eight) versions of the new GENESIS trailer. The earlier file that was created from the YouTube encode is still there. The eight new files were created from a very high quality master, which also contained a PCM stereo track. I created a DTS:Neural UpMix from the PCM Stereo and it sounds fantastic. There are eight files because I also created a scope version for those who have a widescreen projector, HD versions for those who have requested HD instead of 4K, and MP4 versions for those who can’t use MKV files. There should be something for everyone. You can find the THX GENESIS trailer at the THX Trailers page.
I wasn’t expecting this, but THX has dropped a new trailer to celebrate their 35th anniversary. However, I am confused as the first film to undergo any THX quality control was Return of the Jedi, and that was 36 years ago (1983). Perhaps that was an experiment and a year later it was officially launched. If anyone knows for sure, please chime in. Do you know what the acronym THX means? It stands for Tomlinson Holman Experiment, after the sound engineer of the same name who developed the THX sound system. Tomlinson Holman also developed the first 10.2 sound system.
The new THX trailer does not have a name yet, but because it is 2019, there is a Twitter Poll for the fans to select the name. I see Trailer McTrailerface was offered as a suggestion. Also, because it is 2019 the trailer dropped on YouTube and offers what THX calls “THX Spatial Audio” which provides a “deeper immersive audio experience with headphones or earbuds”. I am not sure how that works since watching and hearing the trailer via YouTube provides only a stereo experience. But that doesn’t seem to matter these days judging by the endless array of comments praising the sound of Dolby Atmos trailers on YouTube.
If you want a better experience than offered by YouTube I did some work on the YouTube encode. I did some processing on the video to remove the banding artifacts. And I did a DTS:Neural Upmix on the THX Spatial Audio (Stereo) track which turned out to be really immersive. Compared to the experience of watching on YouTube, one could be forgiven for believing it was a true 5.1 mix. I am hoping that in time this will arrive properly on blu-ray, but until then this is the best out there. You can find the THX 2019 trailer at the THX Trailers page.
The UHD versions of the THX Exlipse Trailers (Long and Short) have been added to the THX trailers page. Please note that I have been unable to successfully playback the 4K versions, and I believe it is lack of processing power needed for 4K resolution. My playback has been jittery. However, I did successfully transcode the files to 1080p which played as expected. Therefore, I assumed that the jitter was not a problem with the 4K source file. If you are able to playback the file in 4K without issues please indicate in the comments. Thank you.
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.