Audio and Media Technologies

Fraunhofer IIS' four generations of audio codecs

The Audio and Media Technologies division of Fraunhofer IIS has been an authority in its field for more than 30 years, starting with the creation of mp3 and co-development of AAC and HE-AAC. Today, almost all consumer electronic devices, computers and mobile phones are equipped with Fraunhofer’s media technologies. The fourth generation of Fraunhofer audio codecs, along with the latest signal processing solutions, stands for impressive audio experiences and is tailored to specific fields of application respectively.

With the test plan for the Digital Cinema Initiative and the recognized software suite easyDCP, Fraunhofer IIS significantly pushed the digitization of cinema. The most recent technological achievements for moving pictures are light-field data processing tools and new low complexity codec standards for professional video production.

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Fraunhofer IIS presented MPEG-H 3D Audio and upHear at NHK STRL Open House event

Under the motto “taking media beyond the box”, Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK recently held its annual STRL Open House event in Tokyo. Fraunhofer IIS presented TV audio developments established in collaboration with NHK.


MPEG-H Audio-enabled Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar now available

The AMBEO Soundbar from German manufacturer Sennheiser is now available to consumers. Sennheiser and Fraunhofer jointly developed the built-in virtualization technology based on Sennheiser’s AMBEO- and Fraunhofer’s upHear technologies, to create an immersive audio experience at home.


Enhanced MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In available for download

Version 2.0 of Fraunhofer’s popular MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPI) has arrived and comes with new features such as a 3D panner, authoring of dynamic objects and the option to export to ADM (Audio Definition Model). One of the first broadcast professionals to use the plug-in was Werner Bleisteiner, Creative Technologist at German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk BR. We asked him about his experiences with MHAPI so far.

WDR & Fraunhofer work on optimized TV audio

The audio transmission system used in the project is the MPEG-H Audio system, substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS. MPEG-H is able to enhance speech intelligibility and spatial sound.

French Tennis Tournament 2019: UHD channel with MPEG-H Audio

France Télévisions has set up an Ultra HD event channel this year, as a continuation of the experiments already conducted at last year’s tournament.

The Future of TV Audio at KOBA 2019

With the new 2019 models from TV makers, the new interactivity features are now available – enabling broadcasters to enhance their offering for the users. MBC demonstrated these features at Koba 2019.

Fraunhofer IIS Licenses MPEG-H Audio Patents to LG Electronics

Fraunhofer IIS is pleased to announce the licensing of its MPEG-H Audio patents to LG Electronics Inc., allowing LG to produce products which feature MPEG-H Audio.


Matthias Rose

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Matthias Rose

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Fraunhofer IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
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