Toronto, Canada (May 7, 2007)–Holophone’s camera-mountable, multichannel surround microphone, the H4 SuperMINI, has been licensed to include Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Pro Logic II encoding technology, leveraging technology from two companies dedicated to providing the “highest quality audio and surround sound experience.”
From left, Dolby Laboratories account manager for professional licensing John Mardesich; Holophone president and founder Michael Godfrey; Dolby senior manager for professional licensing Sabine Bravo; and Holophone CEO Jonathan Godfrey with Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI.Based on Holophone’s patented Surround Audio capture technology, the H4 SuperMINI–custom-designed for broadcast, electronic news gathering (ENG) and professional video applications–was featured last month at NAB 2007.
Broadcasters in the field as well as content creators will find the H4 SuperMINI with Dolby Pro Logic II encoding to be a valuable asset. The mic will allow them to capture ultra-realistic, spatially accurate, surround sound instead of the normal 2-channel audio provided by their cameras. Dolby Pro Logic II matrix-encodes multichannel audio into two channels and allows broadcasters to efficiently deliver a surround experience using their existing analog or digital stereo infrastructure, which is then decoded back into surround sound by the viewer’s home receiver. The SuperMINI can be connected to any camera or used remotely for a variety of broadcast situations, including multi-camera setups for Point of View (POV) shots, live multichannel interviews, films, sports and documentaries.
“Holophone is dedicated to developing technologies to make the capture and playback of surround sound as realistic and effortless as possible,” said Holophone CEO Jonathan Godfrey. “Adding Dolby Pro Logic II to our H4 SuperMINI provides users with the ideal solution for capturing ultra-realistic surround sound and delivering it in stereo, making the transition from stereo to surround seamless in a wide range of productions.”
As with the entire line of Holophone products, the H4 SuperMINI provides an opportunity to capture and distribute true surround sound without any additional system upgrades or software. The elliptical design and multiple mic capsules capture sound in the same manner as the human head, resulting in a recording that’s true to life and provided at an aggressive price point.
“We are excited to work with Holophone on the first microphone to incorporate a Dolby technology,” noted Sabine Bravo, Dolby Laboratories senior manager of professional licensing. “The technology utilized in Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI combined with Dolby Pro Logic II offers a state-of-the-art audio experience that will complement any HD broadcast.”
This licensing arrangement allows the SuperMINI to present superior sound quality to the end-user as surround recordings captured with Holophone’s product can be delivered over existing stereo infrastructure and be accurately decoded into surround sound using any Dolby Pro Logic II decoder as well as other matrix decoders compatible with Dolby Pro Logic II that are available on the market. There are more than 53 million Dolby Pro Logic II decoders in consumer devices.