Pixelogic Integrates Dolby Vision6 Jul, 2017 By: Stephanie Prange
Pixelogic, a global provider of content localization and distribution services for the media and entertainment industry, announced its full integration of Dolby Vision compression and authoring capabilities. The industry first is the result of a collaboration between Pixelogic and Dolby’s engineering teams, according to a Pixelogic press release.
Pixelogic developed a range of Dolby Vision production tools as well as a new, end-to-end compression and authoring pipeline tailored and optimized for Dolby Vision, according to the announcement. Pixelogic authored the first commercially available Dolby Vision Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, including Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, according to the company.
Pixelogic is at work on several more Dolby Vision enabled Ultra HD Blu-ray titles for other major Hollywood studios including Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Resident Evil: Vendetta. “Our collaboration with Pixelogic supports Dolby’s expansion of Dolby Vision content,” Ron Geller, VP of worldwide content relations for Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement. “This will enable Dolby Vision to scale faster to meet the growing demand for Dolby Vision Ultra HD Blu-ray discs.”
“As a technology-first company, Pixelogic is fully committed to building innovative tools and specialized workflows that support new products and formats for the film and television industry,” said Seth Hallen, Pixelogic’s SVP of business development and strategy. “We intimately understand the challenges of working at this level of image and sound quality, and we were very eager to support Dolby in launching Dolby Vision on Ultra HD Blu-ray. We are very proud of the deep relationship we’ve fostered with Dolby and the work that our respective engineering teams have accomplished.”
Working with Dolby’s engineers, the Pixelogic team enhanced their proprietary Blu-ray authoring platform Blu-print with Dolby Vision capabilities and integrated tools to process and verify the Dolby Vision enhancement layer in conjunction with Pixelogic’s High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoding technology, according to the release.
Pixelogic also authored the Dolby Vision discs that were used as part of the Dolby approval process for Ultra HD Blu-ray player manufacturers to develop their player firmware and ensure player compatibility with Dolby Vision, according to the press release.
“We have been deeply embedded alongside Dolby throughout this process, from the early disc design phases through to the last stages of disc creation and certification,” added Hallen. “Being part of a true industry first is very gratifying for everyone at Pixelogic.”
Pixelogic services leading content owners, including the major Hollywood studios, broadcasters and digital retailers. The company’s services include subtitling and closed captioning, foreign language dubbing, access services, text and metadata translation, audio services, marketing and promotional material design, versioning, distribution and archive mastering, compression and authoring for physical media formats, transcoding and packaging for digital distribution products, and custom software and application development services.