Leeds, U.K. (June 15, 2015)—Nugen Audio customer SBS Broadcasting has been shortlisted for the IBC2015 Innovation Awards for its use of the DynApt algorithm to create a loudness-normalized workflow for film soundtrack adaptation.
SBS sought to improve audio quality for broadcasting films and drama series within the guidelines of the EBU R128 loudness normalization standard. For motion pictures in particular, this presented several key challenges: how to preserve an optimal quality of experience in terms of dynamic audio contrasts, how to loudness-align content with commercial breaks and generic programs, and how to implement a highly automated, efficient, and cost-effective workflow.
Nugen Audio’s DynApt algorithm automatically analyzes the loudness levels throughout a piece of audio and then controls a configurable maximum difference between program loudness and average voice level. Working with partner Delta Sigma Consultancy and leveraging technology from Minnetonka Audio, SBS was able to create an anchor-based loudness normalization workflow based on DynApt that enables the broadcaster to process a movie's audio for broadcast in harmony with the producers' original intent. In addition, the solution does not interfere with the audio if there is no need.
The IBC Innovation Awards are designed to honor not only technical ingenuity but also the way that the technology is used in the real world, bringing tangible creative and commercial benefits to a project. The 10 shortlisted companies are broadcasters, media enterprises, and service providers who defined a goal, brought together the best technology partners for collaborative projects, and now benefit from the innovative thinking. SBS shares the shortlist with three competitive entries in the Content Management category.