Dolby unveils CP750 digital cinema processor

MUMBAI: Dolby Laboratories’ latest generation cinema processor, the Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processor, will be available for orders during ShoWest starting 30 March, 2009.

The CP750 is designed to work within the new digital cinema environment, integrating easily with preshow servers, alternative content, and digital cinema servers.

The processor has an easy-to-use interface and powerful internal software that facilitates the setup process and can be easily programmed to manage audio settings and configurations. It can play back PCM digital, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital Surround EX™, and analog audio. In addition, the CP750 can be monitored and controlled remotely from anywhere on the theatre’s network.

“Dolby is committed to simplifying digital cinema for our customers, making it easy for exhibitors to upgrade or build a complete digital cinema environment. The Dolby CP750 is the heart of a theatre’s audio system. It provides the features and functionality that exhibitors need for all content played in digital cinema while also providing the reliability and fidelity that they expect from Dolby and the Dolby brand,” said Dolby Laboratories senior director Cinema Marketing Page Haun.

The CP750 accepts up to eight PCM channels from the digital cinema server. Three additional digital inputs accept PCM or up to 5.1-channel Dolby Digital from preshow and alternative content sources. An eight-channel analog input can accept audio from existing sound processors for hybrid film/d-cinema installations. In addition, the CP750 can process a narrative soundtrack for the hearing and/or visually impaired.

By allowing the theatre’s integrator or network operation center to manage the system, the CP750 can be monitored, controlled, and upgraded from one centralized location. It also integrates easily with Dolby’s Theatre Management Software (TMS). Other capabilities include the ability for the CP750 to respond to digital input selection and volume cues within a show, to enable real-time volume control, and to recognize ASCII commands from third-party TMS controllers.

The CP750 is the ideal choice when existing theatres convert to digital cinema, as they will avoid the expenditure of an adapter and the cost to maintain their legacy cinema processor.