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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Bringing object-based audio to the production

A few months ago, IRT and BR started a collaboration work within the scope of the EU funded project ORPHEUS to produce content for the project pilots. The aim of this project is to implement a complete end-to-end chain, from capturing to consumption for object-based audio. This technology brings great possibilities and features such as interactivity, …

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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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CMAF Livestreams with Subtitles and Audio Description

The Common Media Application Format (CMAF) aims at unifying the two currently leading adaptive streaming standards: MPEG-DASH and Apple’s HLS. The sample live streams presented here, demonstrate the potential benefit of CMAF for future OTT IP services. With CMAF, both HLS playlists and DASH manifests are allowed to reference the same fragmented MP4 (fMP4) chunks, …

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Android IRT HybridRadio

IRT’s Hybrid Radio App enables LG’s smartphone Stylus 2 DAB+ as a real hybrid radio platform. The app offers hybrid radio functionalities for instant Radio-EPG, Radio-DNS, Slide Shows and Dynamic Labels. Furthermore, functions such as service following for an automated switching between DAB+ and Internet reception and the linking of radio services with accompanying Podcasts …

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Object-based audio rendering in browsers

Object-based audio is a revolutionary approach for creating and deploying interactive, personalized and immersive content. This is possible by representing the audio content as a set of individual assets together with metadata describing their relationships and associations. This allows media objects to be assembled in ground-breaking ways to create new user experiences. Some popular examples …

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