MPEG-H AUDIO ALLIANCE - The Next-Generation System for Interactive and Immersive Sound
MPEG-H AUDIO ALLIANCE - The Next-Generation System for Interactive and Immersive Sound

MPEG-H Audio at CCBN 2017

Interaction with on-screen display to adjust audio elements

MPEG-H Audio offers viewers the ability to turn up or down particular audio elements in a program - such as dialogue or sound effects - as they prefer.

Visit Fraunhofer at booth no. 2403A in hall 2 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. We are looking forward to seeing you!

MPEG-H Audio: The new audio codec for 4K TV in South Korea

At CCBN 2017, Fraunhofer IIS will showcase a broad range of MPEG-H Audio technologies and products, ready to be used at the launch of South Korea’s terrestrial 4K TV broadcast service with MPEG-H in 2017:

  • The Spatial Audio Designer (SAD) plugin is a tool for surround and 3D sound production on ProTools including an MPEG-H export function.

  • The Authoring Suite is a stand-alone application developed by Fraunhofer for authoring of MPEG-H audio content, monitoring and rendering of channels, objects and higher-order ambisonics including import and export of MPEG-H metadata.

  • In addition, visitors to the Fraunhofer booth can experience the interactive features of MPEG-H on a TV set.

MPEG-H Audio is designed to work with today's broadcast and streaming equipment. Its object-based audio allows viewers to adjust the sound mix to their preferences, while its support for immersive audio improves the level of realism of the listening experience. MPEG-H Audio will also tailor sound for optimal playback on a range of devices and environments, providing ‘universal delivery’.

MPEG-H Audio is part of the ATSC 3.0 standard and of the DVB A/V standard. It is the audio codec selected for ATSC 3.0 broadcasting in Korea and will be the first next-generation audio system used on-the-air when broadcasts begin in Korea on May 31, 2017.

VR Gunfight Scene

Fraunhofer Cingo® & MPEG-H for the best immersive sound experience on VR devices

Fraunhofer Cingo brings immersive audio to VR devices and applications with a stunning level of realism to create the experience of “being there”. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of audio coding and processing, Fraunhofer IIS is a driving force in the industry in the development and delivery of truly immersive sound on VR devices, smartphones and tablets.

Cingo renders 3D audio content over headphones by incorporating head movements and as a result, sound sources can be perceived from anywhere in the 3D space around the listener. A truly immersive soundscape is of utmost importance in any VR experience and serves as a determining factor in the success of the illusion. The MPEG-H audio standard is the ideal companion for Cingo 3D audio rendering with the ability to deliver immersive 3D sound for virtual environments to mobile devices at bitrates used today for delivery of 2D surround sound. MPEG-H can carry channels, audio objects and higher-order ambisonics signals. This capability makes it the ideal VR audio codec for user generated and Cinematic VR content.

In addition to immersive sound, Cingo also enables an excellent surround sound listening experience over stereo speakers or headphones while providing existing stereo content with a more natural and clear sound. It includes features such as loudness optimization for listening in noisy environments and improves the intelligibility of dialog and commentary.

Cingo has already made a global impact with the integration into Google’s Nexus and Pixel family of devices and is now making headway in the world of VR thanks to its integration into Samsung’s first generation of Gear VR, LG’s 360 VR headset, Alcatel´s brand new VISION and the Hulu VR app for mobile and tethered experience.

Cingo Composer: Simplifying Immersive Sound Production for Virtual Reality

Looking for a tool that simplifies mixing immersive sound for VR? If so, be sure to check out the Cingo Composer plug-in at CCBN! The Cingo Composer is a dedicated VR audio plug-in for VST and AAX, enabling sound designers to easily mix, pan and monitor immersive audio projects. The plug-in supports audio objects, multichannel beds and ambisonic signals, and exports your immersive mix to MPEG-H Audio. We recently released a BETA version of the plug-in. At CCBN 2017, you can demo Cingo Composer; author and mix immersive audio for VR, as well as monitor in real time using Cingo and head-tracking.

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