NaSTA Awards: The annual awards given out at the NaSTA Conference. The Entry Rules, Rule-Break Procedure and Technical Standards may also be used for other NaSTA Awards including The Peoples’ Choice Awards.
Twelve (12) months: The period since the first deadline for the previous year’s NaSTA award entries.
Completed for viewing: Has been broadcast, either as a live programme, or as a piece of content delivered either through Video on Demand services or pre-recorded content broadcast being broadcast live. The intention behind this is that all entries should be comprised from content delivered to viewers in some fashion within the last year.
Visual archive content: Any video or graphics content that is either produced by your station prior to the last 12 months or produced by any other content creator.
All NaSTA awards entries requiring a video submission must conform to one of three NaSTA approved technical standards. The station submitting an entry may choose which standard to use for each entry and may use a different choice for each entry if desired / required.
Any entry which does not conform to one of these standards may face sanctions or be disqualified as a result of failing to comply with entry requirements.
All video entries are required to be in a 16:9 (widescreen) format, regardless of the original source’s aspect ratio. If your source footage in a old aspect ratio (4:3, 14:9) please use the N-SD export standard otherwise if your edit / render is in a different aspect for stylistic reasons (4:3, 14:9, 2.35:1) then please use either N-FHD or N-HD and export to 16:9 with appropriate boxing (Letter box or Pillar box).
|Resolution||1920 x 1080||1280 x 720||1024 x 576|
|Frame-rate||25 FPS||25 FPS||25 FPS|
|Aspect||Square Pixels (1.0)||Square Pixels (1.0)||Square Pixels (1.0)|
|Codec||H.264 MP4 Container||H.264 MP4 Container||H.264 MP4 Container|
|Bitrate Encoding||VBR, 2 Pass||VBR, 2 Pass||VBR, 2 Pass|
|Target Bitrate *||10 Mbps||5 Mbps||3 Mbps|
|Max Bitrate *||15 Mbps||10 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|Sample Rate||48 kHz or 44.1 kHz||48 kHz or 44.1 kHz||48 kHz or 44.1 kHz|
|Audio Bitrate (Target)||192 kbps||192 kbps||192 kbps|
A host station may wish to use alternative target and / or maximum settings depending on playout systems, storage allocations, etc. However the host station must seek approval from the NaSTA Technical Officer before any temporary exceptions to these standards are granted.
Note for N-SD users: The PAL standard has been through many versions in the UK. Due to the fact all NaSTA submitted content will be viewed and played out via computer systems we have opted for a square pixel aspect over the PAL D1/DV Widescreen aspect of 1.4587. You should check that your output looks correct when exported to the N-SD format of 1024×576.