News: NAB News: Fraunhofer Optimizes Digital Media and Cinema
Fraunhofer Digital Media Alliance´s institute Fraunhofer IIS launches high-quality cross-workflow solutions for today’s needs, while driving digital media innovation
(Las Vegas, NV NAB Show - Booth SU 6716--April 18, 2016) The Fraunhofer IIS Department Moving Picture Technologies, the leading provider of future-oriented solutions for enhanced digital media and cinema workflows, today launches and demonstrates the latest innovations for industry players to stay competitive in the evolving media landscape.
Fraunhofer IIS´ Department Moving Picture Technologies will showcase its latest advances for cost-efficient, future-proof, secure and standards compliant solutions. These solutions bring new creative possibilities and immersive viewing experiences. By seamlessly integrating and enhancing each step of any digital media or cinema workflow, Fraunhofer IIS addresses today’s needs, while opening opportunity for the industry’s future. At NAB 2016, highlights will include:
New Enhancements to Award Winning easyDCP Software Suite
With more than 1,500 licensees worldwide, Fraunhofer IIS’ easyDCP Software Suite is one of the leading solutions for creation, playback and quality control of digital cinema packages (DCP) and Interoperable Master Format Packages (IMPs) based on ISO and SMPTE standards. At NAB, Fraunhofer IIS will introduce a new export module for Final Cut Pro X to create DCPs directly from the timeline. New features of the standalone software include a package validation module for reliable quality assurance of both, newly generated or existing packages. Additionally, easyDCP will support a new generation of object-based audio formats along with enabling authoring of SMPTE IMF Application 2 packages, which Netflix accepts. easyDCP is available as a standalone software or as plug-ins for various post-production tools like Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve and Quantel’s Pablo Rio.
Use Case for Lici® Codec as Mezzanine Codec
The implementation of Fraunhofer IIS’ Lici® codec within keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) solutions will be showcased with partner IHSE GmbH at NAB. Lici® is a cost-effective solution for image processing and transmission systems in professional production. Also ideal for use in cameras and other multimedia applications, Lici® adapts image data streams to the available infrastructure and bandwidth while maintaining resolution and dynamic range enhancements. The result is visually lossless transfer of 2K, 4K and 8K content for 30 Hz and 60 Hz. Additionally, Lici® is perfect for use with HDR monitors due to its 12 bit color depth. Lici® can easily be implemented into existing or new systems. Future applications will include Video over IP and Media Contribution.
Latest Developments for Fraunhofer’s Light-field Multi-Camera Post-Production Plug-In-Suite
Fraunhofer IIS light-field technology was recently encapsulated into plug-ins for The Foundry’s Nuke software suite, allowing movie professionals to take advantage of multi-camera arrays and multi-view processing. Light-field technology exploits recording of several camera views of the same scene from a single shot. Based on the different views, depth maps, virtual camera movements and changes in focus can be realized in post-production and creative options formerly only possible with CGI, such as enhancements for virtual backlot applications, can be realized for live-action content. Test licenses are available for first professional users. At the show, Fraunhofer IIS’s scientists are discussing current use cases, along with what the industry can expect in terms of adoption of the technology in the near future.
To see Fraunhofer IIS’s light-field technology in action, a short film created by German Stuttgart Media University HDM can be viewed at: http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/bsy/tech/lichtfeld.html
About Fraunhofer IIS
The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the leading organization for applied research in Europe. Its research activities are conducted by 66 institutes and re-search units at locations throughout Germany. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft employs a staff of more than 24,000, who work with an annual research budget totaling 2 billion euros.
Founded in 1985, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, ranks first among the Fraunhofer Institutes concerning headcount and revenues. As the main inventor of mp3 and universally credited with the co-development of the AAC audio coding standard, Fraunhofer IIS has reached worldwide recognition. In close cooperation with partners and clients the Institute provides research and development services in the following areas: Audio & Multimedia, Communications Systems, Energy Management, IC Design and Design Automation, Imaging System, Medical Technology, Non-destructive Testing, Positioning, Safety and Security Technology, Sensor Systems plus Supply Chain Management.
More than 880 employees conduct contract research for industry, the service sector and public authorities. Fraunhofer IIS with its headquarters in Erlan-gen, Germany, has further branches in Dresden, Fuerth, Nuremberg, Coburg, Deggendorf, Ilmenau, Wuerzburg, Bamberg and Waischenfeld. The budget of 120 million euros is mainly financed by projects. Less than 25 percent of the budget is subsidized by federal and state funds.
Detailed information is available at http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de
About the Fraunhofer Digital Media Alliance
The Fraunhofer Digital Media Alliance consists of Fraunhofer IIS, Fraunhofer HHI Heinrich-Hertz Institute, Fraunhofer IDMT and Fraunhofer FOKUS. The Alliance provides a network of deep expertise and intelligence for the development of scalable technologies and international standards that allow customers to stay ahead of the market. With the start of digitalization in the moving picture industry, these institutes joined forces in 2004 to offer R&D expertise with one face to the customer. The institutes are well known in the industry for award-winning developments and standards like MP3, H.264, the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, IOSONO, easyDCP software etc. In addition, they are contributing to ISO, SMPTE, ISDCF, EDCF. The head of the Fraunhofer Digital Media Alliance Dr. Siegfried Foessel is chair of the several ISO groups, SMPTE Regional Governor EMEA, Central & South America and President of the German Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft, the German equivalent to SMPTE.
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