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AC-4 – The Next Generation Audio Codec

AC-4 is a state of the art audio codec standardized in ETSI (TS103 190 and TS103 190-2) and the TS103 190 is part of the DVB toolbox (TS101 154). AC-4 is an audio codec designed to address the current and future needs of video and audio entertainment services including broadcast and Internet streaming. As such, it incorporates a number of features beyond the traditional audio coding algorithms, such as capabilities to support immersive and personalized audio, support for advanced loudness management, video-frame synchronous coding, dialogue enhancement, etc. This paper will outline the thinking behind the design of the AC-4 codec, explain the different coding tools used, the systemic features included, and give an overview of performance and applications.


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