The HKBU School of Communication has launched new state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
This year, the School has also launched a new concentration in Data and Media Communication. Through the new initiatives, the School aims to create an innovative and creative environment for nurturing young talents.
The system is designed to handle Dolby Atmos productions at the highest level. It comprises two Avid Pro Tools HDX systems - one HDX3 system for recording/dubbing and one HDX2 system for playback. The recording system will also handle video playback to a Barco 4K projector via a Blackmagic 4K thunderbolt interface. These two Pro Tools systems are controlled using a 64 fader, dual operator Avid S6 control surface with Communication over Gigabit ethernet. Audio interconnection between the two Pro Tools systems is via coaxial MADI with the option of connecting via optical MADI if required. The Pro Tools record machine passes the Atmos elements (bed and objects) to the Dolby RMU rendering machine which in turn connects to an Avid MRTX interface which converts the MADI speaker outputs from the RMU to analogue line level audio. These analogue outputs then feed the relevant loudspeakers.
Additional MADI IO is provided to allow for down-mixed audio to be processed, either by the Dolby RMU engine, or using the provided Neyrink plugins. The TAC systems VMC-102 provides individual speaker level and mute control as well as additional down mix and routing control. 16 digital audio channels (8x AES Pairs) are output from the Barco 4k Projector into the monitor control system for direct playback of completed movies. Eight Mic/Line inputs and a stereo feed to a headphone distribution amplifier are provided for ADR/Dubbing and Foley applications. A dedicated sync generator allows all audio and video devices to be synchronised to the same master reference at near sample accuracy. Avid timelines can be synchronised either using linear timecode or by using the network-based Avid Satellite Link protocol.
For details, please refer to HKBU Press Release : Launches Dolby Atmos studio to celebrate 50th anniversary.
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