Following the successful introduction of the MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in, Fraunhofer IIS is now extending its range of MPEG-H production tools with the MPEG-H Authoring Suite (MAS). This set of applications facilitates the easy, fast and intuitive production of MPEG-H Audio content.
They also all support the recently published MPEG-H ADM Profile, as well as binaural monitoring for immersive audio reproduction over headphones. Broadcast professionals can request a free download of the MPEG-H Authoring Suite on the Fraunhofer IIS website.
The MPEG-H Authoring Suite currently includes these tools:
The MPEG-H Authoring Plug-in (MHAPi) takes you through all the steps of creating object- or channel-based MPEG-H Audio productions inside a VST3- or AAX-enabled digital audio workstation (DAW). It offers in-depth documentation and template sessions for Pro Tools, Nuendo, Reaper and Sequoia and allows the combination of channel-based components and dynamic audio objects. Additional highlights include 3D panning and 3D position automation of dynamic objects for immersive content and Dynamic Gain Sequences. Binaural monitoring capabilities, such as the option of bypassing binauralization on a per component basis (mono/stereo), facilitate immersive audio reproduction over headphones. Immersive and interactive MPEG-H Audio scenes produced with MHAPi can then be exported to MPEG-H Production Format (MPF), MPEG-H BWF/ADM or XML, containing audio and metadata, and ready for distribution via MPEG-H-enabled channels.
The MPEG-H Authoring Tool (MHAT) is the standalone alternative to MHAPi. Just like the plug-in, this new software tool for Mac and Windows was designed for creating MPEG-H metadata with existing audio material (wave files). It offers essentially the same benefits as MHAPi, just without the need for a DAW. Users can define specific MPEG-H parameters, listen to their configurations instantly and export their authored mixes as MPEG-H Production Format (MPF), MPEG-H BWF/ADM or as a template export in an XML file.
MPEG-H Audio is the industry’s most advanced audio system for UHD-TV and streaming. It supports immersive sound and allows users to adjust elements in the audio to their preferences. MPEG-H has been on the air since 2017 on all TV networks in South Korea under the ATSC 3.0 standard. It has also been selected for new broadcast standards to be launched in China and Brazil and is the distribution format of the 360 Reality Audio ecosystem for immersive music streaming services.
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