Conference  /  October 22, 2014  -  October 24, 2014

SMPTE 2014

Loews Hollywood Hotel
1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
United States

We look forward to seeing you!


Hear the future of television audio featured by the MPEG-H Audio Alliance

At this year’s SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, visitors to the Fraunhofer IIS booth 108 will be able to experience the progress being made in building a new audio system for future TV standards based on the recently completed open MPEG-H Audio standard.

To make MPEG-H Audio a reality, the three industry leaders Fraunhofer IIS, Qualcomm Technologies and Technicolor have formed the MPEG-H Audio Alliance. Each one contributes key technical elements as well as long-standing expertise within their market segments. The combined experience and broad-market presence represented by these three companies has not only been critical in developing MPEG-H, but also provides the foundation for successfully bringing exciting new audio features to market.

The system includes object-based audio that allows viewers to adjust the sound mix to their preferences, boosting hard-to-understand dialogue or creating a “home team“-mix of sports broadcasts. Immersive sound may be carried using a traditional channel-based approach or using Higher-Order Ambisonics technology.

Fraunhofer IIS will feature a real-time hardware prototype with the ability to encode audio for live broadcasts from stereo up to 3D sound in 7.1+4 H format with additional tracks for interactive objects including commentary in several languages, ambient sound or sound effects.

Fraunhofer’s real-time system is comprised of:

  • real-time encoder for contribution from outside broadcasts to the studio, where a professional decoder recovers the uncompressed audio for further editing and mixing;
  • real-time encoder for emission to consumers - over the Internet for new media use or for trials of upcoming over-the-air broadcast systems such as ATSC 3.0;
  • professional decoder used to monitor the emission encoder's output.