Next Generation Audio and Video Technologies and the Future of Broadcast and Streaming

Broadcast industry leaders ATEME, Cobalt, Fraunhofer IIS, Interdigital, Junger, Philips, Technicolor and Telos Alliance joined forces to co-host a series of three webinars about available solutions to deploy next generation audio and video technologies as well as the latest trends in the broadcast industry. In the webinars, our experts walk you through the most advanced features of MPEG-H Audio and Advanced HDR by Technicolor and provide demonstrations to explain how immersive and interactive sound and truly vivid picture can be enabled within the limits of today’s infrastructure.

Each webinar features a panel of experts in standardization, broadcast and production workflows, giving you the opportunity to learn all about the steps necessary to transition to next-generation broadcast and streaming technologies including the most advanced features of MPEG-H Audio and Advanced HDR by Technicolor. These technologies are the key building blocks for the future of entertainment and provide a heightened level of user experience as they open the doors for innovative business opportunities and new content formats.

The webinar series takes a deep dive into the different aspects of the broadcast end-to-end transmission chain, from the pioneering solutions for immersive audio and video production, efficient delivery formats and live encoders for broadcast and OTT low latency, to the enhanced consumer experience.    

Part 1: Roundtable – Meet the Experts

In this virtual roundtable, our experts discuss the current status in standardization and adoption of NextGen TV technologies in different regions of the world as well as the directions broadcast and streaming are taking in various markets.

Agenda
Introduction
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS
Roundtable – Meet the experts
  • Stefan Meltzer, Chief Business Development Manager, Fraunhofer IIS
  • Alan Stein, Vice President of Technology, Interdigital, Inc.
  • Mickael Raulet, PhD. VP Innovation, ATEME
  • John Schur, Founder Minnetonka Audio & President Telos Alliance Solutions Group
  • Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering, Cobalt
  • Guy Ducos, HDR Business Development, PHILIPS
  • Adrian Murtaza, Senior Standards Manager, Fraunhofer IIS
  • Ralf Schaefer, VP Standards R&I at InterDigital, Inc.
Q&A and closing
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS

Part 2: Next Generation Audio and Video Technologies

With the advanced MPEG-H immersive and personalized sound features as well as Advanced HDR by Technicolor, content creators can now enable completely new audio and video experiences for their viewers.

In this session, our experts share their experience gained while working with broadcasters all over the world during major live events that were broadcast or streamed in MPEG-H Audio and Advanced HDR by Technicolor.

Agenda
Introduction
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS
MPEG-H Audio
  • Adrian Murtaza, Senior Standards Manager, Fraunhofer IIS
  • John Schur, Founder Minnetonka Audio & President Telos Alliance Solutions Group
Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • Guy Ducos, HDR Business Development, PHILIPS
  • Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering, Cobalt
ATEME: Next Generation Audio and Video
  • Mickael Raulet, PhD. VP Innovation, ATEME
Q&A and closing
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS

Part 3: Hands-on Experience with MPEG-H Audio and Advanced HDR by Technicolor

“How can I produce in HDR and immersive and interactive audio today using my existing production workflows and infrastructure?” This is one of the most important questions we receive from broadcasters. This webinar will give you the answer. Our experts walk you through live production and broadcast, showing you how to enable the most advanced features in your existing facilities.

Agenda
Introduction
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS
MPEG-H Audio in live broadcast
  • Adrian Murtaza, Senior Standards Manager, Fraunhofer IIS 
  • Torsten Bersselis, Solutions Architect, Telos Alliance
  • Roman Rehausen, Product Manager, Jünger Audio
  • Lucas Gregory, R&D Engineer, ATEME
Advanced HDR by Technicolor
  • Guy Ducos, HDR Business Development, PHILIPS
  • Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering, Cobalt
  • Lucas Gregory, R&D Engineer, ATEME
Q&A and closing
  • Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS

Adrian Murtaza, Senior Standards Manager, Fraunhofer IIS

Adrian Murtaza serves as Fraunhofer’s Senior Standards Manager on a number of industry standards bodies, including DVB, ATSC, SBTVD, CTA, HbbTV and SCTE, and is the co-author of multiple specifications in those groups.

He joined MPEG in 2013 and since then has helped develop various audio technical standards. His current role includes extensive work with major broadcasters and streaming service providers in Europe and South America to enable MPEG-H Audio in their ecosystems. With a strong interest in new innovative VR, AR and XR media solutions, he is actively involved in MPEG’s efforts on MPEG-I, focusing on future immersive applications.

Alan Stein, CTO Office Vice President, Technology

Alan currently heads InterDigital’s Visual Standards Team, where he manages a global team of senior technology experts who participate in major video standards bodies as well as important industry forums. Alan has been a board member of the UHD Alliance and a member of the CTA Video Board, and since 2013 has been the chair of ATSC’s TG3/S34-1 group, the video technology standardization group for ATSC 3.0. He holds 16 granted patents in the field of digital video. Alan is also a long-time expert in Agile software methodology. He has been a Certified ScrumMaster since 2004, and is also a Certified Scrum Product Owner.

Guy Ducos, HDR Business Development Consultant for Philips

Guy is in charge of promoting HDR technologies co-developed by Philips and Technicolor (Technicolor HDR ITM, SL-HDR1, SL-HDR2…).
For the past years, he has been testing, implementing and deploying these HDR solutions at content editors, broadcasters, PayTV/Telco operators, Consumer equipment manufacturers, SoC suppliers…

Guy has more than 20 years’ experience in the TV and telecom domains that he developed in his previous positions as VP and Business Line Manager at Philips Semiconductors and NXP.

John Schur, Founder Minnetonka Audio & President Telos Alliance Solutions Group

John founded Minnetonka Software in 1986, which provided general-purpose software development primarily for the medical community. In 1998, he formed Minnetonka Audio Software (MASI) to focus on audio software products and services for the professional broadcast and media industries. John has led MASI to create many award-winning, industry-leading products as well as numerous software development projects for leading industry participants. With a strong background in engineering, John has taken an active role in software architecture and design within MASI. In 2016, John became the president of Telos Alliance’s Solutions Group. He has a long-time interest in music, performance, and audio recording. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Computer Engineering from Stanford.

Lucas Gregory, R&D Engineer, ATEME

Lucas Gregory (ATEME) graduated from Université Polytechnique des Hauts de France (INSA HDF) in 2017 with a Master Degree in Audio and Video System Engineering. He then joined the ATEME Research and Innovation team, where he helped in several French collaborative projects to study and promote innovative technologies such as 360° video, Next Generation Audio codecs and Next-Gen TV (ATSC 3.0). Today, he works on immersive audio technologies as well as the trans-packaging of low-latency content.

Mickael Raulet, Ph.D. VP Innovation, ATEME

Dr. Mickaël RAULET received his Ph.D. degree in 2006. He joined ATEME (http://ateme.com/) in 2015, where he is now VP Innovation. He is leading the standardization effort at ATEME and he is following the different activities for ATEME: ATSC, DVB, 3GPP, ISO/IEC, ITU, MPEG, DASH-IF and UHDForum. He is managing several collaborative R&D projects for ATEME.

Ralf Schaefer, VP Standards – Research & Innovation, Interdigital

“My mission is to be a catalyst bridging the space between our technologies and their use in the Audio / Visual eco-system through standards.”

Ralf received his engineering degree (Dipl.-Ing.) from the Technical University Kaiserslautern/Germany and joined Interdigital in June 2019. Besides his work as VP Standards, Ralf chairs the MPEG AhG on Point Cloud Compression, is vice-chair of the DVB Commercial Module and is an elected member of the DVB Steering Board. In addition, Ralf is an active member of standards working groups in DVB, ETSI, SBTVD Brazil, NorDig and FAVN France.

Before joining Interdigital, Ralf occupied a similar position in Technicolor, where he also contributed to ATSC 3.0 and NGBF South Korea. Earlier he held R&D positions at various levels in Thomson and chaired working groups in DVB related to IPTV, Home Networking and Companion Screens. Ralf is fluent in German, French and English.

Roman Rehausen, Product Manager, Jünger Audio

As product manager of Jünger Audio’s MMA, Roman Rehausen has been involved in its development and introduction to the market, enabling broadcasters to reference monitor their mix and author metadata as part of their Next-Generation-Audio workflows. He has been working with major broadcasters in Asia and Europe to enable MPEG-H audio broadcasting chains including engineering support in major events such as the French Tennis Open, the European Athletics Championships and the FIFA World Cup.

Rupert Brun, Broadcast Consultant, Fraunhofer IIS

Rupert has 40 years’ experience in audio engineering and honed his innovation skills working in the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. His pioneering work with Fraunhofer IIS using audio objects to allow the viewer to alter the relative loudness of dialogue and background sounds won the innovation award at NAB in 2011. Rupert is now a freelance consultant working on audio for next generation TV.

Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering, Cobalt

Ryan Wallenberg joined Cobalt in 2007 as a product engineer involved in many aspects of a product lifecycle, working on everything from low-level schematic and PCB design all the way to firmware development. In 2013, while still involved in product development, Wallenberg shifted his core focus to team management when he became the leader of the embedded engineering team. He was promoted to Director of Engineering in 2014 and Vice President of Engineering in 2016. Wallenberg earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology: one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Computer Engineering.

Stefan Meltzer, Chief Business Development Manager, Fraunhofer IIS

Stefan Meltzer studied electrical engineering at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany. In 1990 he joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany. After working in the field of IC design for several years, Stefan became the project leader for the development of the WorldSpace Satellite Broadcasting system in 1995 and in 1998 of the XM Satellite Radio broadcasting system. His team was responsible for the system design, chip set design, field trials and development of a reference signal generator.

In 2000 he joined Coding Technologies in Nuremberg as Vice President for business development, Germany. His responsibilities included broadcasting and consumer electronics. During his time at Coding Technologies, HE-AAC was accepted in numerous broadcasting standards and applications. After Coding Technologies was acquired by Dolby Labs, Stefan joined Iosono as CTO in April 2008.

From January 2010, Stefan worked as an independent technology consultant with a primary focus on audio and multimedia. In this role, he supported Fraunhofer IIS in business development and marketing activities within the TV broadcast market. In April 2018, Stefan joined Fraunhofer IIS again and is now in charge of business development for TV broadcast applications.

Torsten Bersselis, Solutions Architect, Telos Alliance

Torsten Bersselis has a Tonmeister degree from Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany. After working in CD, DVD, and Blu-ray authoring and premastering for 10 years, he joined Minnetonka Audio Software in 2011 as a Product Specialist for file-based audio processing systems. Today, at Telos Alliance, he is a Solutions Architect for both file-based and AoIP based audio processing solutions.

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