Ross Launches softGearTM – The Latest Software-Defined Platform for Audio, Video and Metadata Processing
softGear is the technology platform that creates new ways to acquire, process, manage and distribute content. It complements existing hardware-based workflows with software-based processing for both on-premise workflows and, ultimately, cloud environments, offering video, audio and metadata processing on COTS hardware. Within softGear, algorithms are encapsulated using modern container technology, targeting CPU or GPU rather than FPGA or DSP, and media processing services are deployed as microservices, instead of dedicated physical cards. This allows for rapid, hardware-less integration of IP from other companies that would not otherwise be possible. A common user interface framework through DashBoard also ensures that softGear is extremely user-friendly for operators everywhere.
Ross is pleased to unveil three initial product offerings built upon the softGear platform. First is the Nielsen Watermarking Encoder for IP (NWE-IP), which allows watermarking for audience measurement in AES67 and ST 2110 environments. The Radio and Streaming Audio Processor (RSAP) integrates the latest generation of legendary Orban® radio processing for AM, FM, DAB and streaming. Finally, the Broadcast Audio Processor (BAP) integrates Dolby® Realtime Loudness Levelling (RTLL), Nielsen® Watermarking and Dolby Digital® encoding in a flexible multi-channel solution for television playout and distribution chains.
Ross Video – High Impact, High Efficiency Production Solutions
Ross powers video productions for billions of global viewers daily with the industry’s widest range of high impact, high efficiency production solutions. Ross makes it easy to create compelling news, weather and sports broadcasts, engaging material for sports stadium screens, entertainment shows and rock concerts, educational institutions, legislative assemblies, corporate applications and inspiring content for houses of worship.
Ross solutions have impressed the audiences and marketing partners of NBC Sunday Night Football, Eurosport, BBC World, Google YouTube Space London and China’s eSports powerhouse VSPN. Ross delivers an unrivalled range of products and services comprising virtual studios, real-time motion graphics, cameras, robotic camera systems, production switchers, video servers, infrastructure and routers, social media management, newsroom systems and mobile live events.