Google intends to reclaim Dolby Vision and Atmos, according to Project Caviar

Google intends to reclaim Dolby Vision and Atmos, according to Project Caviar ...

Google is developing a project Caviar, a product that uses Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and is aiming to improve YouTube''s playback experience.

The development is still a little early, but Google intends to avoid the licensing fees that Dolby charges for its premium HDR and spatial audio formats with an open-source alternative.

Protocol provides the information about Google''s intentions, which opens in a new tab. Documents say that the formats would be available for free and could one day be more attractive for device manufacturers and consumers by adding features beyond what Dolby Atmos and Vision offer.

If Google is to succeed in the creation of the formats, there might be a reduced cost for devices that use the format, as those devices manufacturers would not have to pay Dolby any fees for its formats.

The bleaknesses in AV formats and specifications

If your eyes are coming over at this point, you are not alone. In the entertainment industry, although their feature set changes frequently, device manufacturers are sometimes reluctant to specify which formats their devices support, and some specifications, like HDMI 2.1, arent properly followed.

The idea of a free-source format that would universally work on YouTube across all devices (especially new Android phones) is a win for everyone. You might purchase a new TV, smartphone, or laptop, recognizing that it would play videos in the highest possible quality and with spatial audio support.

All device manufacturers would jump on board with this proposal, and there would never be a format war again. We live in a perfect world.

What is more likely to happen, is that some device manufacturers will continue to support Dolby while others will sign on with Google. That''s what weve already seen with HDR10+, an HDR format that is supported by Samsung on its QLED TVs and Dolby Vision, both with Sony, LG, TCL, and others.

Despite its promise, Google will not be blaming for trying to do something positive, even if it will likely lead to more confusion down the road.