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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The mp3 history

Learn more about the early days of the mp3 invention, meet the team that stands behind this successful technology or browse through some facts and figures.


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IMF workshops for experts in audiovisual archiving and preservation

A suitable file type for archiving and preserving movies is the Interoperable Master Format (IMF), a recognized and SMPTE-standardized intermediate format for the creation and distribution of complex audiovisual content. On September 13, 2019, Siegfried Foessel, head of the Moving Picture Technologies department at Fraunhofer IIS and speaker of the Fraunhofer Alliance Digital Media, will chair a workshop on this topic during the IBC show in Amsterdam.


Integration of IMF creation in Autodesk Flame® via Fraunhofer easyDCP plug-in

The new version of the Flame finishing and color grading software from Autodesk now comes with an integration of the well-renowned easyDCP IMF (Interoperable Master Format) functionality from Fraunhofer IIS. Via plug-in every user can easily create and export IMF packages in accordance to the technical specifications for IMF deliveries. 


Computer Science meets Musicology

Where else could the disciplines of computer science and musicology meet than in digital humanities – the intersection of digital technologies and humanities? This is precisely where Meinard Müller and Christof Weiß of the International Audio Laboratories Erlangen search for computational answers to musicological questions within the works of Richard Wagner and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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

MPEG-H Audio-enabled Sennheiser AMBEO soundbar now available

Sennheiser and Fraunhofer jointly developed the built-in virtualization technology to create an immersive audio experience at home.

Enhanced MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In available for download

We asked Werner Bleisteiner, Creative Technologist at German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk BR, 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.


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Matthias Rose

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