Working on a standardised NGA renderer for the production

A few years ago, we joined the standardization efforts of NGA (Next Generation Audio) components for the production and distribution environment in ITU-R, EBU, DVB and other organizations. Whilst the standardization for the distribution was already almost established, we spent quite some effort on the production format and the production renderer. After many discussions within

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Hybrid Radio: 1st OMRI implementation from the HRADIO project

Hybrid radio will reveal its full potential once the application developers gain access to radio hardware on mobile systems. One of the goals of the EU-funded HRADIO project is the development of an OMRI (Open Mobile Radio Interface) implementation for these platforms. Application developers get access to tuner hardware and can realise feature-rich applications that

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5G-Xcast IRT testbed

5G-Xcast is the first 5G PPP project to focus on the holistic implementation of point-to-multipoint communication as a critical technology element in 5G systems in addition and as a complement to unicast. 5G-Xcast will devise, assess and demonstrate a conceptually novel and forward-looking 5G network architecture for large scale immersive media delivery. The project objectives

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Microsoft’s Spectator View in Broadcasting Production

Interactive 3D simulations are particularly well suited for explaining abstract concepts and processes in information programmes. However, the interaction with such objects is difficult in a conventional TV production, as the objects usually remain hidden from the presenter, for instance in a virtual studio. With the help of Microsoft’s HoloLens, an augmented reality glasses, users

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Subtitle Conversion Framework (SCF) v1.0 released

IRT recently released version 1.0 of it’s Subtitle Conversion Framework (SCF). The SCF is published under the Apache 2.0 license and is available on github: https://github.com/IRT-Open-Source/scf The SCF provides a set of modules for converting XML based subtitle formats. The modules include features for Transformation from EBU STL to EBU-TT according to the mapping guideline

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Synchronised Holograms

Synchronising an augmented-reality experience to a broadcast programme on an HbbTV 2 device Version 2 of the HbbTV standard, introduces several new features. Probably the most interesting set of features target at combining mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones with HbbTV devices. These so-called companion-screen features allow creating distributed media experiences, in the sense

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Learn more about the IMF format

The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) defines a package that includes various files such as MXF files (video, audio and supplemental data) and additional descriptive files. Based on the descriptive information, different versions can now be generated from the included MXF files. Speech and subtitle versions or shortened content versions are just two examples. Ultimately, IMF

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IRT Teststreams on YouTube

This is a quick test, if the YouTube Cloud Transcoder supports MXF-Contribution Quality for high quality uploads as it is used within ARD and ZDF. For a broadcaster it can be desirable to upload their productions in high quality to cloud-based video-portals like YouTube without any further recompression to maintain quality and save processing costs.

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