SoftLab-NSK, a Russian company specialising in broadcast technology, demonstrated various products for SD and HD broadcasting at NAB Show on April 18-21.
In particular, the company showcased ‘ForwardT’, a line of products for complex broadcasting automation. ForwardT allows broadcasters to reach multiple broadcasting goals such as ad insertion, broadcasting personal TV programs, overlaying multilayer animated computer graphics in the form of a logotype, roll, crawl, clock, weather and more, via one machine.
SoftLab-NSK also demonstrated the integration of Forward T with Linear Acoustic, company's program module. The module performs real-time loudness normalisation as recommended by the R128 standard for all audio outputs. The module increases the total delay of the audio and video by several frames, but will not cause the video and audio to desynchronise.
Another product line on show was ForwardTS, which is designed for coding/decoding, inserting commercials and overlaying titles in broadcasts transmitted via MPTS/SPTS (ASI/IP). The solution supports MPEG2 and AVC compression of both SD/HD.
The line helps broadcasters solve a range of challenges including converting a received satellite tuner signal from traditional analog into digital, with or without the insertion of programs.
With sports broadcast a major growth area, SoftLab-NSK also demonstrated its Forward Goalkeeper system of slow motion instant replay.