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Video: A look back at CES 2019

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Does it happen every so often that poor network connectivity causes your favorite streaming service to drop when you’re on the go? Do you regularly have problems listening to dialogues in TV shows because the ambience or music in the scene is too loud? Do you sometimes feel like your smart speaker could better understand your commands? Would you like to experience immersive sound in your car or your living room without having to install a huge setup of speakers? At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Fraunhofer IIS showcased audio technologies which present the solutions to these and other issues.… Read the full article

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MPEG-H Audio in a Nutshell

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Regular readers of this blog already know a lot about MPEG-H Audio, since we have been reporting on its progress here since 2014. However: as a short summary, and for those people who might have encountered the term and concept for the first time only recently, we have produced an animated short movie, explaining MPEG-H’s key features in vivid images. MPEG-H Audio is the first next-generation audio system used in a regular terrestrial 4K TV service and has been on the air 24/7 in South Korea since the launch of its UHDTV system in May 2017.… Read the full article

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DRM’s Progress in India

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

India is currently rolling out the largest digital radio deployment worldwide, as the public service broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is upgrading the country’s terrestrial broadcast infrastructure for the future. The broadcast standard of choice for this project is Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), the universal, open digital broadcasting standard for all coverage needs. DRM ensures an efficient and complete digitization of radio in India, no matter if the services are local or regional, nationwide or even international, and with the latest features such as Journaline advanced text services and service selection via station logo.… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS to Present Several CES Debuts

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

At CES 2019, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 8 to 11, 2019, Fraunhofer IIS will present its latest developments in audio and media technologies, including a series of CES debuts: the first commercially available MPEG-H-enabled 3D soundbars, Sonamic Loudness for car stereos, the xHE-AAC audio codec natively supported in Android, and upHear Voice Quality Enhancement for improved speech recognition on smart devices. CES visitors can experience these technologies and more at the Fraunhofer booth 20236, located in South Hall 1 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).… 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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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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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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ORPHEUS – the Movie

By | August 10th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , , , |

The ORPHEUS project, pioneering the development of an end-to-end object-based media chain for audio content, was officially concluded in May 2018, when the second and final ORPHEUS workshop was held at Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich. There, the ten project partners presented their findings to an auditorium filled with more than 100 broadcast and audio professionals from all over the globe. Together, the project partners have created a full set of tools and applications for all stages of the complete object-based audio broadcast workflow.… Read the full article

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