New York (September 30, 2011)—Fraunhofer IIS will preview its new dialogue enhancement technology at AES.
The technology reportedly allows TV and radio audiences to individually adjust the volume of dialogue, music or sound effects within a single broadcast program. Fraunhofer states that the technology will be “the first of its kind” to enable such audio control at the low bit-rates required for broadcasting.
Recently the subject of a BBC experiment during Wimbledon 2011, the dialogue enhancement technology enabled users of a specifically designed media player to listen to Radio 5 Live’s online stream and adjust the audio volume levels of the commentator or background ambience during live coverage of the match for a tailored audio experience.
At AES, Fraunhofer will also demonstrate a new beta version of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-in with MPEG Surround support. The plug-in reportedly allows users to precisely audition and optimize audio encoding in real time and is said to be the first end-user software with MPEG Surround encoder and decoder support.
In addition, Fraunhofer will showcase MPEG Surround, which aims to allow Internet broadcasters and pure-play music services to provide an immersive surround audio experience to consumers.
Lastly, Fraunhofer will participate in a panel discussion to discuss various methods of streaming and encoding media and how it can best be delivered to the end user over various platforms. For more information about the session, visit http://www.aes.org/events/131/broadcastsessions/?ID=2794.