"If a picture is worth 1000 words, a prototype is worth 1000 meetings" says John Maeda, a US designer and computer scientist. In line with this motto, we want to make our innovations more tangible with the help of video clips, animations and demos for the international public. Therefore, we just launched our new online platform “IRT Lab”.

In addition, you will find a summary of interesting topics, dates and events related to our institute.

By the way: The header image shows two colleagues testing virtual and augmented reality services. Since December 2016, IRT has been using a development version of HoloLens from Microsoft and we are testing different applications in the broadcasting and media domain.

We hope you enjoy reading our update!

Topics in this issue:

Web platform for experiments, software demos and videos


Visit our virtual laboratory! On our new platform you will find demos for object-based audio, companion screen functions of HbbTV 2.0, video streams in CMAF format and more. Our colleagues also provide a quick insight and explain the demos.


On Twitter, we keep you posted via @irt_lab and @IRTpresse. Visit the IRT Lab.

5G Media Initiative

On May 18, 2017, a group of renowned companies and organizations launched the 5G Media Initiative in Germany. The joint goal of the partners is to leverage the potential of the upcoming network standard 5G for the media sector by promoting collaborative research and development. The partners are Kathrein, Nokia, Rohde & Schwarz, Telefónica, Bavarian Broadcasting Cooperation BR, Southwest Broadcasting Cooperation SWR, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg FAU, the Institut für Rundfunktechnik and the Munich start-up company Cadami.

Press release in German of the 5G Media Initiative.

How does IMF work?

In the media sector IMF is the abbreviation for Interoperable Master Format. This recent format was initiated by the Hollywood film industry and was standardized by the SMPTE to store and exchange audio-visual material. One of its key advantages is that different content variants regarding length, language, subtitle, sound, etc. can be stored in a single package.

Have a look at our video how IMF and our IMF Analyzer works.

CMAF test streams available

The Common Media Application Format (CMAF) is a new standardized approach aiming to unify the two leading adaptive streaming standards MPEG-DASH and Apple HLS. Ultimately, with CMAF, it would no longer be necessary to duplicate and stream MPEG-4 segments for DASH and Apple devices.

The IPTV and OTT solution provider Keepixo, the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) and IRT have provided sample live Internet streams demonstrating the potential benefit of the emerging Common Media Application Format (CMAF).

CMAF also facilitates a better deployment of accessibility services. The sample streams contain subtitles in the IMSC1 format for the deaf and the hard of hearing and audio description in an additional audio track.

Find more information in our press release on CMAF.

Technical guidelines for production in HD in English available

The TPRF working group continuously updates the technical production guidelines of ARD, ZDF and ORF (TPRF-HD) and adapts them to recent developments in video production. At the end of November 2016, the new edition of the TPRF HD was completed. The English version has now been published. Both documents can be downloaded free of charge from the IRT website.

The new edition was restructured and includes updates on several topics. For example, two new chapters deal with "Smart Production" and "IP Contribution via Public Networks". The two chapters "Acquisition" and "Sound" were revised fundamentally.

TPRF-HD 2016

KI and Deep Learning in the future media

ARD.ZDF medienakademie and IRT will host this symposium on June, 27 and 28, 2017 at the Northern German Broadcasting Cooperation NDR in Hamburg-Lokstedt. The Topics will comprise a range of applications and developments from robot journalism to intelligent assistants. Presentation language is German.

More information about the symposium

ZDF production "Wolfskinder" from the series TerraX

Within the scope of the ZDF series TerraX an extensive dedicated in-house production was realised. Its goal was to verify a production chain in UHD with HDR and WCG as well as create add-on 360-degree sequences. ZDF’s Michael Pochert, head of technical training, presented the challenges of the production at this IRT colloquium on March,13 2017. You will find the presentation and the video in German language in the review

Introducing the European project ORPHEUS

ORPHEUS aims to create a complete object-based audio chain, implemented for a real-life broadcasting scenario under the conviction that object-based production has a profound effect on all stages of media content creation, deployment and consumption.

Object-based media enables to adapt the transmitted audiovisual content to the respective device by using the supplied metadata for interactive, personalized and immersive playback. For instant audio signals can be played back at home independently of specific loudspeaker setup. Object-based audio can improve the accessibility of media content by providing clean audio versions.

ORPHEUS will demonstrate a new prodigious user experience through the realization of close-to-market workflows, proofing the economic viability of object-based audio as an emerging media and broadcast technology. ORPHEUS will publish reference architecture and guidelines on how to implement object-based audio chains.

The project started one and a half years ago and will continue for another year. It is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program. The project partners, beside IRT, are: Fraunhofer IIS, EURESCOM, BBC, Elephantcandy, Trinnov Audio, b <> com, IRCAM, Bayerischer Rundfunk BR and MAGIX software.

For more information visit http://orpheus-audio.eu/

Save the dates!

May, 22-23 2017 | International Intensive-Seminar | Adaptive Streaming & MPEG DASH

June, 27-28 2017 | Symposium | AI and Deep Learning in the media future | Hamburg 

July, 11-12 2017 | International Intensive Seminar on IMF

September, 1-6 2017 | Trade fair | IFA | Berlin

September, 15-19 2017 | Trade fair | IBC | Amsterdam



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