Testing a VR subtitle production prototype

In our earlier post on accessibility services in 360° environments (here) we have described how these services can enhance user experiences and make 360° videos more accessible. In the EU-funded Immersive Accessibility project ImAc subtitles are extended with guiding cues to support easier speaker identification within the 360° space to enhance the user experience and …

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Next Generation Audio for smart speakers

“Hey Alexa/Siri/Google, change the program language to English and increase the dialogue level.” The widespread use of smart speakers offers a great potential for many Next Generation Audio (NGA)-related applications. Smart speakers by itself offer a broad set of possibilities to gain information or to interact with the voice assistant, but also to listen to …

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Audio Description via bone conduction headphones using HbbTV2

People with visual impairments often need audio description when watching TV in order to understand what is happening visually. This can be problematic in certain group settings, where it is not possible to enable audio description e.g. public viewing events. In a group setting, as of now, everybody listens to the same broadcast sound together …

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Alternative audio tracks in ARD Player

We’ve recently teamed up with colleagues from SWR.Online to implement alternative audio tracks in the “ARD Player” for mobile and desktop Internet browsers. This allows ARD broadcasters now to distribute alternative audio versions in addition to the default mix in an efficient manner without extra bandwidth usage. Such alternatives can be for example a “Dialog+” …

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IRT & LMU Cooperation: Augmented Reality in the Broadcast World

The hype about Augmented Reality (AR) is slightly going down even though the advantages remain. Especially for broadcasters the advantages of AR can be used in a variety of domains, like material planning, broadcast production, graphic development and marketing. However, AR is still a new territory for editorial and production staff. We, at the IRT, …

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Accessible 360° video – ImAc solutions are ready for public testing

In the Immersive Accessibility (ImAc) project IRT investigates, together with partners from the media industry, how 360° media can be made accessible for all. During the project, a technical platform has been developed to enable accessible 360° media: enrich, distribute and playback 360° video content with fully customisable accessibility services. To this end, the project …

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