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AudioLabs researcher receives KlarText Award

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , |

Yesterday, Christof Weiß, who works at the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen, received the KlarText Award – the Klaus Tschira Foundation’s prize for science communication. His winning entry in the Computer Science category was entitled Das ist Haydn. Ganz sicher! and explains in an easy to understand manner the key ideas and results of his doctoral thesis about algorithms that can recognize musical styles. Christof Weiß, born in Regensburg, Germany, in 1986, studied physics at the University of Würzburg and composition at the University of Music Würzburg.… Read the full article

Via Adds MPEG-D DRC To Advanced Audio Coding Patent Pool

By | October 4th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Via Licensing Corporation, a leading world-wide intellectual property solutions provider, announced the availability of patent license rights for the MPEG-D DRC standard in its Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) patent pool. MPEG-D DRC is a new, innovative audio solution that overcomes problems of variations in volume level and dynamic range when content is played back on different listening devices and in varying listening environments. This audio technology plays an important role in improving the consumer’s listening experience in any playback situation for streaming and broadcast content.… Read the full article

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Siegfried Fößel Appointed Head of Technology Study Program at HFF Munich

By | September 28th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , |

Dr. Siegfried Fößel, who leads the Moving Picture Technologies department at Fraunhofer IIS, has been appointed as the new head of the Technology study program at the University of Television and Film (HFF) Munich. Alongside his industry duties, he will be joining the department chair Prof. Peter C. Slansky in advancing current developments in this HFF department. Prof. Peter C. Slansky, executive professor at HFF Munich, said: “Siegfried Fößel from the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits brings to our department his experience as an internationally distinguished researcher in the field of motion picture technologies, with a specialization in film and cinema as well as a special focus on applications ranging from immersive media to virtual reality.… Read the full article

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MPEG-H Audio Trial During European Athletics Championships 2018

By | September 27th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , |

By Adrian Murtaza | The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), together with EBU members BBC, France Télévisions, IRT, RAI and ZDF, as well as a range of technology partners, conducted what has been probably the most complex broadcast trial in Europe so far at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin. The trial demonstrated the world’s first live production and distribution of Ultra High Definition (UHD) content, with High Frame Rates (HFR), High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Next Generation Audio (NGA). The Fraunhofer IIS team, together with technology partners, supported the onsite sound engineers of EBU member stations in order to familiarize them with the features and new possibilities of MPEG-H Audio.… Read the full article

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easyDCP software suite – Ten years of enabling easy access to Digital Cinema

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , |

The postproduction software easyDCP has secured its place on the market for creation, playback, and quality control of digital cinema packages DCPs and Interoperable Master Packages (IMPs) for ten years now. Its rich functionality is not only available through the easyDCP standalone software, but is also integrated into a number of cutting-edge postproduction tools via the easyDCP software Application Programming Interface (API). Features like Dolby Atmos support, advanced subtitling options, GPU-accelerated real-time playback, GPU-accelerated JPEG 2000 encoding (Windows), advanced scaling features, extended export features, and for some years now authoring of Interoperable Master Packages (IMP) make it a reliable tool for generating DCPs and IMPs.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS MPEG-H Authoring Plugin Now Available for Download

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

At the 51st annual IBC Show in Amsterdam from September 14-18, 2018, Fraunhofer IIS is proud to announce the availability of the MPEG-H Authoring Plugin. TV broadcast professionals can download the plugin, which enables the creation of MPEG-H Audio scenes, from the Fraunhofer IIS website. MPEG­-H Audio supports several use cases for interactivity of object­based audio, such as defining of switching groups or presets for selection by the end-user. MPEG-H metadata contains all relevant information for reproduction and rendering in arbitrary reproduction layouts: in­formation about the audio components inside the bit stream and their hierarchical structure, as well as restrictive metadata by which the content creator can allow or limit the interactive possibilities that can be accessed by the consumer.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS introduces SDK for JPEG XS image coding

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Fraunhofer IIS presents its new Software Development Kit (SDK) with optimized functions to code images with the new JPEG XS codec. JPEG XS is suited for use in production environments where high resolution image data of up to 8k/60p UHD video must be transferred via Ethernet. At the IBC Show in Amsterdam, the coding specialists of Fraunhofer IIS are demonstrating the JPEG XS codec as complete live stream with real-time playback. Increasing amounts of permanent data with high resolution and high dynamic range will briefly swamp the transmission capabilities over long-distance cable lengths in studio environments, and while using existing coaxial cabling solutions.… Read the full article

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MPEG-H 3D Audio Becomes 3GPP’s Standard Audio Codec for Video Streaming over Mobile Networks

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , |

3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), the united standards body for the global mobile industry, has approved a technical specification for 360° video streaming in its work item “VRStream”. It will be included in 3GPP release 15, the most recent 3GPP release and the first one to specify 5G. The recommended audio format for use in VRStream services is the MPEG OMAF 3D Audio Baseline Profile, based on MPEG-H Audio. Among other things, the VRStream specification defines audio and media profiles for mobile operators that want to offer fully immersive 360° video services cost-effectively on a broad range of mobile devices connected over the most advanced mobile networks, such as upcoming 5G networks.… Read the full article

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IBC 2018: Fraunhofer IIS and Vewd Demonstrate MPEG-H Audio Support in HbbTV

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , |

At the IBC Show in Amsterdam, Fraunhofer IIS and Vewd, the world’s largest smart TV OTT software provider, will showcase a HbbTV demo that includes DVB DASH streaming on a set-top box running Vewd Core and Vewd HbbTV Module with MPEG-H Audio support, as defined in the latest HbbTV 2.0.2 specification. Vewd is the first OTT software provider to enable support for MPEG-H Audio in its HbbTV browser SDK, which allows broadcasters to explore the advanced features of MPEG-H Audio in their HbbTV applications.… Read the full article

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From Microphone to Speaker – Fraunhofer IIS Presents MPEG-H Audio Real-Time Chain at IBC

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , |

At the IBC Show, taking place from September 14 – 18, 2018 in in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Fraunhofer IIS will showcase a complete production and transmission chain for the MPEG-H Audio system at booth #B80 in hall 8. The equipment includes MPEG­-H monitoring units for real-time monitoring and content authoring, postproduction tools, MPEG­-H Audio real-time broadcast encoders, as well as decoders in professional and consumer receivers. Live production: MPEG-H-enabled hardware devices for live production are the first section of the chain, including a LAWO Audio production console, as well as the Jünger Audio MMA and Linear Acoustic AMS authoring and monitoring systems, which are able to generate the metadata “on the fly” during live broadcasting.… Read the full article

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