Fraunhofer Audio Blog

MONTH: August, 2018

 

xHE-AAC and MPEG-D DRC Mandatory for Android Pie Devices

August 24, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Good to know, Products & Technologies
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Earlier this month, Google announced the general availability of Android 9 “Pie”, along with the first devices incorporating the latest release of Google’s mobile operating system. Android Pie comes with a string of major upgrades in terms of audio playback, since the Extended High-Efficiency AAC (xHE-AAC) audio codec and MPEG-D DRC Loudness and Dynamic Range metadata, both substantially developed by Fraunhofer IIS, are mandatory components of the operating system. The xHE-AAC implementation used by default in Android Pie has been provided by Fraunhofer IIS and is available as part of the FDK2 AAC Codec Library for Android.

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ORPHEUS – the Movie

August 10, 2018 Fraunhofer IIS | Category: Audio, Broadcasting, Good to know, Success Stories, Video
The ORPHEUS project, pioneering the development of an end-to-end object-based media chain for audio content, was officially concluded in May 2018, when the second and final ORPHEUS workshop was held at Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) in Munich. There, the ten project partners presented their findings to an auditorium filled with more than 100 broadcast and audio professionals from all over the globe. Together, the project partners have created a full set of tools and applications for all stages of the complete object-based audio broadcast workflow.

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