Loudness discussions continue at IBC 2011

Loudness will again be under scrutiny at IBC, with metering and measurement manufacturer DK-Technologies sponsoring a seminar on the subject at this year’s exhibition and conference event, writes Kevin Hilton.
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Loudness will again be under scrutiny at IBC, with metering and measurement manufacturer DK-Technologies sponsoring a seminar on the subject at this year’s exhibition and conference event, writes Kevin Hilton. The discussion panel will be the only session given over to the subject during the 2011 IBC programme. It comes a year on from the official launch of the EBU PLOUD working group’s R128 specification and recommendations for loudness during the 2010 show. Panellists confirmed so far are John Bolton, director of broadcast relations and development at facilities provider IMD and Barny Connell, operations manager at UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4, as well as Karsten Hansen, chief executive of DK-Technologies. Organisers are hoping for representatives from a leading UK post-production house and a major European broadcaster to join the panel, which will discuss experiences with loudness and how problems have been approached. Richard Kelley, sales and marketing director at DK-Technologies, comments, "As broadcasters strive to deal with new legislation regarding audio loudness, we felt it was important to create space at IBC to discuss this issue and present real life examples of how broadcast companies have approached the problem. Everyone involved in content creation, from journalists and programme producers through to post production audio engineers and MCR quality control staff, needs to understand this topic if they are to work out strategies for staying within the law.” The loudness seminar will be held on Saturday, 10th September from 14.30 to 16.00 in RAI Conference Room G102. www.ibc.org

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