Paul Tapper, CEO, NUGEN Audio talks about the latest from NUGEN Audio at the 2019 IBC Show including audio post-production tools for Netflix compliance and surround sound workflows.
Q What are you showcasing at IBC this year?
A At IBC 2019, we will be showcasing our audio post-production tools for Netflix compliance and surround sound workflows. Included among these are the latest updates to our VisLM loudness meter, which were just announced. Long considered the industry standard for loudness metering, VisLM now includes an updated Netflix preset that reflects the streaming service’s new maximum loudness range (18 LU) and continues to stay ahead of the curve for forward-thinking productions supplying content to the SVOD platform.
Using this solution, editors can have access to detailed historical information that enables them to hit the target every time. Additional loudness logging and time-code functions allow for analysis and proof of compliance. We have also rolled out new navigable/visual alerts for the tool that will further simplify operation and enables users to quickly and easily navigate through an audio clip to find any loudness errors that might be present.
VisLM is one of many solutions in our Loudness Toolkit (LTK) 2.8, which is also being highlighted at the show. LTK includes preset support of Netflix’s Audio Mix Specifications and Best Practices document, allowing users to easily create Netflix-ready mixes. LTK also includes the ISL limiter and LM-Correct quick-fix tool and supports native 7.1.2 audio processing and loudness parameters for advanced loudness control and dialogue consistency. We will also showcase our Halo Upmix plug-in, which now includes an optional 3D immersive extension for Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D (7.1.4) compatibility that facilitates production across cinematic, VR and gaming applications.
Q What trends are you looking forward to exploring more at IBC?
A I’m interested in researching what manufacturers and organizations are doing to address the increasing need to streamline audio post-production workflows. Many content providers, such as Netflix, have very specific audio specifications that need to be met and we are in the business of making post-producers lives easier in that regard. With so many different content distributors available and so much content being created – especially in the streaming arena, the need to maintain and increase quality while working under tight deadlines and budgets is particularly important. It will be interesting to see how technology has evolved over the past year to address these mandates.
Q How do you approach each IBC show? How are you constantly evolving?
A IBC is an important show for NUGEN Audio, where we get the opportunity to connect with colleagues at major broadcast and post-production facilities from across Europe and the world. It’s always a great forum for meeting our customers, exploring new applications and learning what current trends are driving our industry from an international perspective. Leading into the show each year, we look to see how we can better improve our already great solutions to offer the worldwide community more leading technology that addresses industry wide changes in audio post-production.
Q What are you most looking forward to?
A I’m looking forward to seeing the latest excitement and buzz surrounding the ever-evolving industry of audio post-production. Streaming content and immersive audio are big industry trends that we are on the forefront of. IBC allows us to both share our innovations as well as see what ideas some of our competitors and industry peers are developing. The convergence of OTT providers and immersive technology forces us to think differently about our products and how we can best tailor them to today’s ever-changing media landscape.
Q What do you hope everyone will be talking about after the show?
A We hope that a main take away that attendees will leave the show talking about is our Netflix compliant and immersion-oriented products. As I mentioned, OTT content and immersive audio are driving forces behind audio post-production today and our products are made specifically to meet and exceed the needs of professionals using them. Our users range from working on large, Hollywood blockbuster films to small independent projects across a variety of media, so we hope that the audio community will recognize the importance we place in providing versatile, effective and user-friendly solutions that are enjoyed by audiences around the world.
Q How are you prepping for IBC?
A We spent our summer focused on the final testing stages of the latest updates to our VisLM loudness metering software which features a new maximum loudness range for its Netflix preset as well as new navigable/visual alerts that further simplify operation. Additionally, we chose to exhibit through IBC’s new ‘Pod’ spaces this year in order to take advantage of the concise layout and heavy foot-traffic, so we’ve spent time prepping a new overall booth design to accommodate this space.
Q Is there anything else you'd like to add?
A Only to mention that you can find us at Pod F.P37 – located in the walkway above “The Beach,” between Hall 7 and 8, which we hope will attract a higher concentration of post-production professionals to come and see our software demonstrations. Also, IBC is one of our favorite shows to present our products. It brings us a large cross-section of users from many disciplines and truly has global reach. We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people, so please stop by to see our incredible products this year.