MPEG-H Authoring Suite

With its unique personalization features, the MPEG-H Audio system offers fully adjustable dialogue levels, customizable audio description, multiple languages, and even interactive object positioning. As a result, users can tailor the media consumption experience to their individual preferences and needs. MPEG-H delivers these unprecedented customization options, as well as enveloping immersive sound, on every kind of playback device – from home theaters to 3D soundbars to mobile devices.

The MPEG-H Authoring Suite (MAS) is a set of tools that make the production of MPEG-H Audio content easier, faster, more intuitive and more powerful. They support the recently published MPEG-H ADM Profile, as well as binaural monitoring for immersive audio reproduction over headphones.

  • The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) takes you through all the steps of creating object- or channel-based MPEG-H Audio productions inside a VST3- or AAX-enabled Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). You will be able to export your immersive and interactive MPEG-H Audio scenes to either MPEG-H Production Format (MPF), or MPEG-H BWF/ADM, containing audio and metadata, ready for distribution via MPEG-H-enabled channels.
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  • The MPEG-H Authoring Tool (MHAT) is a new software tool for Mac and Windows for creating MPEG-H metadata with existing audio material. The MPEG-H Authoring Tool allows for easy MPEG-H authoring without the need of a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). You can define specific MPEG-H parameters, instantly listen to your configurations and export your authored mixes as MPEG-H Production Format (MPF), MPEG-H BWF/ADM or as a template export in an XML file.

MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in: Capabilities and highlights

  • Combination of channel-based components and dynamic audio objects
  • 3D panning and 3D position automation of dynamic objects for immersive content
  • Dynamic Gain Sequences
  • Enabled interactivity on component gain and position for an interactive user experience
  • Create labels in multiple languages for audiences all over the world
  • In-depth documentation and template sessions for Pro Tools, Nuendo, Reaper and Sequoia
  • Export to MPEG-H Production Format (MPF), MPEG-H BWF/ADM or XML
  • Binaural monitoring for immersive audio reproduction over headphones
  • Options for binaural authoring including the option to bypass binauralization on a per component basis (mono/stereo)
  • Updated to the latest MPEG-H ADM profile with all new features
  • Improved routing capabilities
  • Assisted authoring mode for faster MPEG-H authorings
  • Improved object panner
  • Improved user experience

MPEG-H Authoring Tool: Capabilities and highlights

  • Standalone alternative to the MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in – without the need for a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
  • Author MPEG-H metadata with previously produced wave files
  • Combination of channel-based components and dynamic audio objects
  • Enabled interactivity on component gain and position for an interactive user experience
  • Create labels in multiple languages for audiences all over the world
  • Binaural monitoring for immersive audio reproduction over headphones
  • Options for binaural authoring including the option to bypass binauralization on a per component  basis (mono/stereo)
  • Updated to the latest MPEG-H ADM profile with all new features
  • Import and export of MPF and MPEG-H ADM
  • Assisted authoring mode for faster MPEG-H authorings
  • Streamlined export and loudness measurement process for even faster results

Technical details and requirements

  • Supported operating systems
    • Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
    • Windows 7 or newer
  • Intel-compatible CPU (minimum 2GHz recommended)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Supported sample rates: 48kHz

MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in:

  • Supported audio plugin interfaces: AAX, VST3
  • Supported operating systems: any AAX Pro Tools- or VST-compatible host

Terms and Conditions

1. Description

The MPEG-H Authoring Suite is freely available software created by Fraunhofer IIS for authoring of MPEG-H audio scenes. It is intended for professional use. It creates MPEG-H audio metadata which can be used as input for a MPEG-H audio encoder and allows monitoring of the authored scenes on standard computer hardware. It is available for Windows and Mac operating systems.

2. User qualification

Fraunhofer preserves the right to deliver the software only to qualified users. Qualification is dependent on professional use and on conformance to the German export control laws. To check the individual qualification, additional information of the user as requested below is mandatory.

3. Software license type

  • The software license is for permanent use as described in §3 Art. 2 of the general terms and conditions.
  • The license is a multi-user license for 2-5 workplaces.
  • Modifications, changes and reengineering of the software are forbidden.

4. Third-Party Software

The MPEG-H Authoring Suite includes Third-Party Software toolkits to enable compatible interfaces to audio production tools. These toolkits will be licensed by the respective copyright owners which define the rights of use. The Fraunhofer general terms and conditions do not apply for these software parts.

The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) is compatible to VST®. VST is a trademark of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH, registered in Europe and other countries.

The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) is compatible to AAX by using the Avid AAX-SDK 2.3.0 for connection the plugin to the AAX-Interface.

ASIO Driver Technology by Steinberg Media Technologies.

5. Open Source Software

The MPEG-H Authoring Suite includes Open Source Software (OSS). These OSS will be licensed by the respective copyright owners which define the rights of use. The Fraunhofer general terms and conditions do not apply for these OSS. Details about the used OSS and its licensing conditions and copyright terms can be found here.

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