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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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Spatial Audio Designer integrates MPEG-H

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , |

New Audio Technology now offers a free upgrade for its Spatial Audio Designer (SAD) software, which includes complete support of MPEG-H Audio. SAD Version 2 is available for MacOS and Windows and supports the creation, authoring, monitoring and export of MPEG-H master files. The Hamburg-based company, which develops software tools for creating and authoring multichannel and immersive audio, launched the SAD Version 2 upgrade at the beginning of January. SAD V2 is a plug-in for any digital audio workstation (DAW) and offers a complete MPEG-H real-time workflow.… 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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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

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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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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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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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xHE-AAC and MPEG-D DRC Mandatory for Android Pie Devices

By | August 24th, 2018|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Earlier this month, Google announced the general availability of Android 9 “Pie”, along with the first devices incorporating the latest release of Google’s mobile operating system. Android Pie comes with a string of major upgrades in terms of audio playback, since the Extended High-Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) audio codec and MPEG-D DRC Loudness and Dynamic Range metadata, both substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, are mandatory components of the operating system. The xHE-AAC implementation used by default in Android Pie has been provided by Fraunhofer IIS and is available as part of the FDK2 AAC Codec Library for Android.… Read the full article

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