eh? What is that? Struggling to make out the dialogue in your favorite streaming shows? You’re not the only one. Now Amazon has launched a new feature that hopes to make dialogue clearer than ever.
Called Dialogue Boost, it allows you to adjust the volume of the dialogue relative to other audio, such as background music and effects. It is an accessibility feature designed for the hearing impaired. But if you’ve had to resort to subtitles while watching Daisy Jones and the Six — as we did recently — you should hear the benefit.
So how does it work? It uses AI to analyze the audio and “intelligently identifies points where dialogue might be hard to hear over background music and effects,” Amazon says in a statement. blog post (opens in new tab). It then isolates the speech patterns and enhances the audio to make dialogues clearer.
Because it’s done on the server side and doesn’t rely on center channel boosting, it works on any device running Prime Video, not just home theater systems. This includes mobile phones, smart TVs, and devices such as the Apple TV and Google Chromecast. And you can adjust the boost level by choosing between medium and high.
It’s currently only available on select Prime Video Originals, inclusive Jack Ryan by Tom Clancy, The wonderful Mrs. Maisel And Haarlemas well as movies, including The big sick, Beautiful boy And The Ricardos are. But Amazon promises to release more titles later this year.
Check the detail page to see if a title supports Dialogue Boost.
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