MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In 2.0

The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In (MHAPi) gives you the opportunity to create immersive and interactive MPEG-H Audio scenes inside a VST3 or AAX enabled Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). With its unique personalization features, the MPEG-H Audio system offers fully user-adjustable dialogue level and customizable audio description, multiple languages and even interactive object positioning, allowing the media consumption experience to be tailored to individual preferences and needs.

MPEG-H delivers enveloping immersive sound and unprecedented customization options, regardless of the playback device – from home theatres to 3D soundbars to mobile devices. The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-In is a powerful tool that takes you through all the steps of creating object- or channel-based MPEG-H productions, all the way to the export to either MPEG-H production format (MPF) or BWF/ADM, containing audio and metadata, ready for distribution via MPEG-H enabled channels.

Highlights of the new Version 2.0

  • Combination of channel-based components and dynamic audio objects
  • 3D panning and 3D position automation of dynamic objects for immersive content
  • Enabled interactivity on component gain and position for an interactive user experience
  • Possibility to create labels in multiple languages for audiences all over the world
  • Possibility to add custom downmix configurations
  • In depth documentation and template sessions for Pro Tools, Nuendo and Reaper.
  • Export to MPEG-H Production Format or BWF/ADM
  • Support of VST3 or AAX enabled DAWs on macOS and Windows, such as Steinberg Nuendo, AVID Pro Tools, Cockos Reaper, Merging Pyramix

Technical Details and Requirements

  • Supported audio plugin interfaces: AAX, VST3
  • Supported operating systems
    • Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
    • Windows 7 or newer
    • AAX Pro Tools or VST compatible host
  • Intel-compatible CPU (minimum 2GHz recommended)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Supported sample rates: 48kHz

Terms and Conditions

1. Description

MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) 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 Plug-in (MHAPi) 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.

5. Open Source Software

The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) 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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