Dolby is keen to show off the power of Windows 10 with Dolby Audio; with it baked into both the operating system and the new Microsoft Edge browser.
Windows 10 PCs support all content encoded in the Dolby Digital Plus format.
Developers wishing to take advantage of this support to deliver content can do so in two ways, either by utilising common web standards found in Microsoft Edge or utilising the new Universal Windows Platform to develop Apps that run on both PCs, phones and devices like the Raspberry Pi.
Through Dolby Audio support developers will be able to deliver 5.1 surround sound to those watching their web series, a Dolby Digital Plus mix of a band’s latest single, or even a trailer for an upcoming film.
With Dolby Audio, which supports the Dolby Digital Plus format, Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge users will be able to experience crisp, clear dialogue and greater details of sound than found on legacy versions of Windows or other browsers.
Microsoft Edge is the first browser through which Dolby Digital Plus audio is available.
Dolby Digital Plus support in Microsoft Edge is compatible with the tools that developers are already using to deliver and protect content, whether they are using W3C media specific APIs, leveraging adaptive streaming or HTML 5 Media Elements, even DRM extensions like Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions.
The Dolby features in Microsoft are compatible with popular video streaming solutions like HLS and MPEG-DASH.
Dolby is making its sample App available to developers to load into their own projects. They can even borrow code from the Dolby App and integrate it into their own.
Once the App is built, all the developer needs is Dolby Digital Plus encoded content.
Content that hasn’t yet been encoded can be done using tools at Encoding.com, with Adobe Premiere Pro, or with other solutions designed for Dolby Digital Plus mixing and encoding.
Those wishing to make their content available for streaming via their new App can do so by uploading the content – including the stereo or 5.1 mix in its current format – to Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft’s cloud service should take care of the encoding for you, for more about that check out the Azure blog.
Additionally, Dolby has a guide on creating a surround sound mix for web content.
Once the developer has an App or a compatible website and properly encoded content, they are ready to start sharing their Dolby Digital Plus encoded content with users of Windows 10 PCs and tablets, either by streaming the content to their app, streaming it to the Microsoft Edge browser, or by allowing fans to download the content.