Cobalt Digital’s LMNTS Recognized with NAB Accolades

Cobalt Digital received double honors at NAB 2012 with awards from leading broadcast industry publications. Both Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology acknowledged LMNTS (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) — the manufacturer’s new multi-channel loudness processing over IP platform — with awards presented to products exhibited at NAB.

“Cobalt’s LMNTS is an exciting ‘first’ in comprehensive transport-based loudness processing,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s senior VP of sales and marketing. “We are pleased that not only one, but two of our most respected publications recognized LMNTS as a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing. It offers broadcasters a much-needed economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.“

Ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

LMNTS is fully scalable and works with single and multi program streams, and supports all video codecs. Because it uses the same high-quality Linear Acoustic Aeromax loudness processing for each stream, perfect loudness consistency is assured for all programming passing through the system.