As far as I can see, many people in this forum work in big TV stations, such as NRK, SVT, TVP or even SBS; as well as there are those who are from smaller TV stations, or even community ones like the one I work in.
I am really grateful for spaces like this, where I can comment, learn and share experiences with people who work every day to make television a great experience for viewers.
Taking advantage of the available space, I need to ask a question about a topic that personally worries me a lot, and that is the normalization of loudness in the final TV output.
I have been studying this subject for some time, so I am aware of the ITU-R BS.1770 standard and its derivatives, such as EBU R128, ATSC A85 and ARIB TR-B32. Currently in Chile there is no legislation that regulates loudness in television stations, however in our channel we decided to adopt the EBU R128 standard for our recorded television programs, which gives us excellent results in the audience.
However, a couple of years ago we started to receive content produced by other television and audiovisual production companies, who do not work with loudness standards and therefore do not comply with the standard we adopted. These programs are at higher levels and compression than those handled by the rest of our programming, which causes us conflicts with the audience’s perception of our content, which is heard perceptibly lower than the other content and also with respect to other television channels.
This puts us in the difficult position of applying gain to the final output levels, which for our programs work without a problem, but create a tremendous clipping on external content, with the consequent complaints from our audience.
It is in this situation that I consult you for the solutions that you have generated, or that you propose, to be able to mitigate this problem in our signal; as well as to comment on the ideas that have arisen in our small technical team to face this dilemma and the solutions that we have tested with diverse results.
I thank you in advance for any help you can provide in this regard.