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Fraunhofer IIS Optimizes Digital Media and Cinema Workflows at IBC

Fraunhofer IIS Moving Picture Technologies will introduce advanced subtitling options, Quicktime audio and 30-Bit export for video files with its easyDCP Software Suite at IBC.

Currently, more than 1,500 licensees use Fraunhofer IIS’s easyDCP software. The 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.

Fraunhofer IIS will also introduce scaling options for parallel generation of Flat and Scope DCPs from one source. EasyDCP will support a new generation of object-based audio formats and 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.

The first real-world implementation of Fraunhofer IIS’ Lici codec within keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) solutions will be showcased with partners IHSE GmbH and Viscon GmbH as part of the new IBC Content Everywhere Technology in Action Theater.

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. It can be easily implemented into existing or new systems. Future applications will include Video Over IP and media contribution.

Fraunhofer IIS also encapsulated its light-field technology 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.

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 all well known in the industry for award-winning developments and standards like MP3, H.264, the DCI Compliance Test Plan for Digital Cinema, IOSONO and easyDCP software.

Fraunhofer will exhibit in stand 8.B80 at IBC 2015.

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