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Freebox support DTS Neural

Following the announcement of the partnership in April 2012 with DTS, Free announces support for DTS Neural Surround, a process that can take advantage of a 5.1 which is transported in a matrixed stereo LtRt flows and must be specifically addressed upstream and distribution "for an equivalent rate, channels and VOD portals can now offer HD 5.1 sound." Note that the Freebox is not the first to include this technology since the Bbox Bouygues Telecom already offers this feeling since September 2013 . What content are concerned? A priori, on Freebox, DTS Neural will be involved exclusively for VOD.


Recommendation R128

After a long work in the Ploud EBU group that brings together the various players in the Broadcast Europe, Recommendation R128 is finalized, online here on the EBU website. Read also the excellent educational document "On the way to nirvana loudness" of Florian Camerer here .

To summarize here the main lines

To characterize the audio signal, the following parameters are used:

- Measurement of program loudness (loudness program)

- The excursion of loudness (loudness range, LRA)

- Peak level of the signal (maximum true peak level)

There are three types of measures:

- Instantaneous measurement (momentary loudness): sliding window of 400 ms

- The extent short term: sliding window of 3 s

- The infinite measure (integrated loudness) over the duration of the program

The value of the measurement of program loudness is normalized to -23 LUFS + - 1 LU

LUFS The scale is equivalent to LKFS scale (K weighting curve or R2LB) with the following correspondence

0 LU = -23 LUFS

Two scales are used for the metering:

- EBU 9 scale, the default scale ranging from -18 to +9 LU LU (-41 LUFS - 14 LUFS)

- EBU 18 scale, ranging from -36 to + 18 LU LU (LUFS -59, -5 LUFS)

The audio signal to be measured in its entirety, without considering specific elements such as dialogues

The measurement must incorporate the use of the gate, the relative threshold is 10 LU below the value of the loudness, obtained by measuring instant (400 ms). Also note the presence of a gate to the silences, the threshold is set at -70 LUFS.

Loudness range (LRA), translated the tour loudness during the program, the measurement algorithm fontionne retained on the statistical distribution of values ​​between 5% and 95%, thus excluding outliers. The LRA has no value imposed in the R128 standard, it is just not recommended to exceed 20 LU to-broadcast programs with large dynamic range (the film, classical music).

Towards a new loudness normalization EBU / UER


The group EBU / UER Loudness P / LOUD orchestrated by Florian Camerer, working for some time on new standards for measuring loudness. IBC's lounge was an opportunity for further discussion on these standards. In short, this is what we can learn from these initial recommendations:

standardization of MAX peaks at -1 dBFS true peak

3 time constants for the measurement of loudness:

long term (infinite), use of a measure with gate to not take into account the low level crossings

threshold gate = 7 LU below the measured loudness or absolute (specify)

short term 10 or 8s

momentary between 100 and 500 ms

target value of loudness = - LKFS 23 + - 1 LU

taken into account for the measurement of the LFE

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Standard CSA CST-RT-019 HDTV

This new standard, being signed, complements the recommendation CST - RT 017 to define methodologies for assessing the sound dynamics.

- Change of scale for measuring loudness: LKFS curve weighted Leq (R2LB)

weighting ITU-R BS.1770-1

- Average level dialogue s LKFS -25 + - 2 dB


- Measurement methodology dynamiqu e

we allow the following loudness of excursions:

for dialogue s + - 7 dB measured in short term around the Dialog level

for all the sound elements of the program: + - 12 dB measured in short term around the Dialog level

management of peaks mixing 5.1 -3 dB FS (term generalized to all mixing versions, 5.1, LtRt, LoRo, Dual Mono)


information and diagrams from the technical recommendation CST-RT-019-TV-2009-V1

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SoundCode Dolby E Neyrinck


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Neyrinck Audio has to offer its SoundCode application for the Dolby E encoding This tool, developed for pro tools and as a standalone application, is a kind of update for Broadcast SoundCode released last year. It can encode and decode a Dolby E file so that it can export a MBWF file (files carrying 8-channel audio, 5.1 format + 2) interleaved pcm integrating metadata for Dolby DP600 Dolby encoding used for E, Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround as well as analysis and loudness correction. Note the ability to import and export in pro tools of MBWF interleaved files for 5.1 whose size is greater than 4GB (RIFF64).

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Dolby E encoder Surcode Minnetonka


Minnetonka has just released the long awaited famous Dolby E encoder. Until then, we can decode a Dolby E format in Pro Tools or VST or as a standalone application ... Today we can be encoded. Usage is very simple, just provide the metadata to the application that will make a Dolby E .wav file, the metadata for the time being obtained through the DP570 (Dolby until a plug-in version so ...). We tested in AudioSuite encoding in pro tools and decoding without any problems. Finally, we lack the simulation of the DRC to inform these metadata because we Dolby Media Meter and LM5D for measuring the loudness and Surcode Pro Logic 2 Minnetonka that simulates LtRt format. Surcode rotates AudioSuite, RTAS for Pro Tools, VST and as a standalone application with AudioTools AWE.

The various programs are supported including Dolby E 5.1 ​​+ 2, a Metadata import option to import metadata from an XML file or a .wav file containing the DBMD chunk.


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It remains to synchronize the Dolby E .wav file with the HD video streams in accordance with the standards Dolby (good positioning of Dolby E data on the sample 37 and proper positioning of the Dolby E .wav file in the reproductive system to the SDI output) a point that remains tricky.

More: Minnetonka Audio LtRt

Update on 5.1 encoding tools and measuring loudness in pro tools

Pro tools remains one of the most suitable for producing multi-channel software with many possibilities treatment 5.1 as plug-ins developed by many manufacturers (TC electronic, Dolby Laboratories, Minnetonka Audio, Neyrinck, Soundfield, Waves ...)

Among the tools that fit in a fun way in our mixer 5.1, the TC electronic LM5D is the must to be insert in our master 5.1. He gives us the history of the loudness (LeqRLB), its instantaneous value and the average value ("center of gravity") over the duration of the program (no sliding window of 10 seconds measurement method "short term" used by The DP570). We also have access to a kind of deviation, "consistency", which gives us information on the change in loudness over the duration of the program: we have a constant loudness or highly variable? Ppm level measurement is accurate and complete what is lacking in pro tools, accurate measurement of levels. The LM5D differs from LM5 by this statistical information. For measurement of the center channel carrying the dialogues, just cut other buses from our master 5.1. The LM5D was recently presented at IBC and has recently become available for download from the manufacturer's website.

Among the new newly developed plug-ins, we have the Dolby E audio Minnetonka overcodes of RTAS that allows us to decode a Dolby E stream; the tool is also available as a standalone application Minnetonka AudioTools AWE. We were able to test it on different sizes (5.1, LtRt) (2 + 2) (5.1). This tool gives us the metadata informed about the various programs. Just insert the plug-in in a track to 7.1 and route the track to a 7.1 BUS that will monitor the 5.1 and LtRt via the input respectively to 5.1 and stereo formats.

The limits of the plugin are unable to export at present metadata to the DP570 and the inability to decode Dolby E stream in the timeline, we are obliged to indicate in the browser Dolby E file interlaced .wav (sync is at the beginning of the session or if the TC TC is integrated in the Dolby E stream). A settings page brings up the port which would carry these metadata externally on the DP570 but for now is not operational. We can reverse the order of bus, in the settings page to work with the various standards smpte, movie ...

The LtRt from Dolby E can itself be decoded by another tool developed by Minnetonka Audio, Dolby Pro Logic Surcode 2. This plug-in gives us access to various parameters (music or movie mode, panorama ...) Pro Logic decoder 2 as it can encode in LtRt with a limiter and a gain for LR LSRS C and LFE.

It is also possible to encode and decode a Dolby Surround format in pro tools thanks to plug-in TDM format developed by Dolby, Dolby Surround Tools. It encodes a LtRt from a Dolby Surround LCRS format and decode in Prologic 1.

In the family of plug-ins to encode in pro tools we have the SoundCode audio Neyrinck. The SoundCode Dolby Digital can encode and decode Dolby Digital.
We must educate metadata (dialog level, downmix, DRC ...) measured at present our DP570. The plug-in provides the same settings for the CRD Line Mode and RF Mode strangely. The decoder can decode Dolby Digital stream .wav exported directly into the Timeline Pro Tools RTAS, you just have to import our stereo file to a stereo track and put the plug-in insert. This method can also be used to decode a Dolby Digital stream from a DVD player. In the window of the decoder, we can simulate the stereo and mono downmix however the DRC modes do not seem completely controlled. We have not been able to listen without DRC (?). This remains a very good tool to encode Dolby Digital. The tool is also for DTS, DTS SoundCode his name.

There are also stand-alone applications in audio Minnetonka, Surcode, which allow you to encode Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround, and DTS for audio and qu'encoder DVD (Disc Welder).

Another tool, the SoundCode for Broadcast is also very useful, developed by audio Neyrinck. It helps prepare the encoding Dolby E or Dolby Digital for the DP600 as files. We inform our metadata for both programs and LtRt and 5.1 can export all audio and Dolby metadata in a file .wav compatible with the DP600. The SoundCode player allows us to import our Dolby E file from the DP600 and integrate pro tools.

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Another very interesting feature of SoundCode for Broadcast is the ability to export and import in pro tools of RF64 files. We can export multichannel interleaved files 6 tracks for now much larger than 2 GB for long-term programs.

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Dolby has developed the software version of the LM100, Dolby Media Meter. This measurement software is available as a standalone application for Mac / PC or to Pro Tools RTAS / AudioSuite or Minnetonka AudioTools AWE. This plug-in allows us to measure the loudness with Dialogue Intelligence technology to automatically detect passages with dialogues. The measurement can be made on the Dolby Digital audio formats, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, Dolby E, and PCM.

We have to wait for the Dolby E encoder with audio Minnetonka (before the end of the year?) With the equivalent in soft DP570 to simulate the metadata in pro tools, we can always dream!

The documents in this article are from: Dolby Laboratories, Neyrinck, Minnetonka Audio, TC electronic, Digidesign.

Tests on the upmix processor Isostem

Isostem is a broadcast upmix processor for HDTV channels it is based on a sound principle with a downmix "ISO" equal to the stereo. Its builder, Antoine Hurtado, has developed a technology upmix based on the analysis of acoustic energy exchanges at the listening position that has recently been published AES. We tested the machine on a week by passing different stereo mix, music, sports, pub ...

The hardware unit has 8 inputs and 8 digital outputs AES Sub 25 and is operated using a Windows compatible software. The sound quality is impeccable and the spatialization parameters far exceed the Dolby Surround decoding technology.

Indeed, the essential and the starting point of the adjustment is based on this small window, panoramic PA analyzer, which analyzes the width or real-time de-correlation of the original stereo and allows to isolate somehow the source of its environment.

The work on the parameters of the panoramic analyzer allows us to isolate the highly correlated information and extract multichannel LR ghost to create a center. We proceed in the same way for surround channel information to the management level channel extraction channels L and C, R. This setting is dependent on the depth of the pan law and the opening angle of the stereo. The optimization of the adjustment can be made by monitoring the different analyzer parts through the solo and mute.

Then we have the virtual microphone unit VM, a kind of simulation of a multi-channel sound recording system, which allows decorrelating the sound image through integration periods and directional microphones, the approach is interesting, it adjusts the spatial decorrelation but delays can induce some comb filtering problems.

ISO Module allows us to optimize the upmix so that the downmix is ​​identical to the original stereo, reintegrating the intermix the difference between stereo and downmix.

The output module integrates monitoring functions (the various channels of multi-channel, original stereo, downmix Dolby with the same coefficients and intermix) with different ISO options (optimization of downmix) HCF (mitigation Acute rear), SUB (SUB creation by bass management), PHA (phase correction).

Apart from quality upmix the Isostem also manages several independent stereo streams that can receive different stems (music, moods, VO, VI ...) up to 4 stereo inputs which optimizes the sound reproduction the upmix based on different versions available or stems of a program.

A page containing all the adjustment parameters is integrated into the application.

In summary, this process already used for some HD channels in France, including France 2 HD, and HD NRJ12 offers an intelligent and promising solution for broadcasting stereo 5.1 programs. HDTV is needed because the chains are not always broadcast HD 5.1 100% native programs, it will broadcast programs 5.1 from preexisting content to stereo, and stereo stems if the spatial program of interest.

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Specifications for DTT HD, Dolby Digital + / HE-AAC

The HD Forum has published the specifications for HD DTT. It is a reference document for the distribution and reception of channels TF1 HD, France 2 HD and M6 HD. Remember that these three channels will be the first to be broadcast on TNT in 2008. There is a reminder in this document standards and interesting recommendations regarding multi-channel sound.

Note for the treatment of his (HD Forum citation):

For their HD channel, publishers are planning to broadcast several audio components (VF, VO, audio description) associated with the video stream. These audio can be mono, stereo or multi-channel at their convenience. Similarly, according to the program, the type of audio can vary between mono, stereo and multichannel. Note that for streams multichannel Dolby Digital + support and the HE-AAC is required, which leads to the receivers can perform downmixing of both codecs for stereo outputs.

Transcoding a HE-AAC multichannel component to Dolby Digital or DTS will be mandatory from 31 December 2009.

Note also the integration of metadata provided in the HE-AAC streams.

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LM5, plug-in Pro Tools HD measuring Loudness

TC electronic has released a plug-in for Pro Tools HD to measure the loudness of a 5.1 program useful in the context of multi-channel broadcast in HDTV, for example. This measure takes into account the new standard ITU dialog level Leq (RLB) incorporating a more accurate weighting the Leq (A). The plug-in allows you to track the history of loudness values ​​thus it measures the MPC values ​​programs with different presets. A test!

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