AJA - Bridge Live

AJA - Bridge Live

BRIDGE LIVE

BRIDGE LIVE is a turnkey solution built for critical streaming applications with high performance 12G-SDI video encoding/decoding, stream-based transcoding, flexible I/O, comprehensive metadata support, closed caption support and all within a compact 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies.

Designed with the ability to support both low-latency and high-quality workflows across a range of codecs, containers, and protocols, BRIDGE LIVE enables numerous use cases; multi-input live streaming to platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, or Twitch, providing high quality reference video for remote collaboration in production and post, backhauling remote live SDI video sources to the media production facility, SDI to MPEG-TS conversions for Telcos/IPTV/Cable networks, through to encoding for content distribution with ABR ladder profiles or hand-off for OTT packaging, and all supported via public internet.

*plus optional annual maintenance and feature-set extensions

This video includes a look at real time encode, decode, and transform capabilities of BRIDGE LIVE between 12G-SDI sources and destinations. BRIDGE LIVE offers codecs from H.265, H.264, H.262 (MPEG2-TS) to optional JPEG 2000 using a variety of transport protocols including SRT for secure and reliable transport needs.

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AJA and Comprimato

BRIDGE LIVE represents an exciting partnership between AJA and Comprimato, both long standing industry innovators. The merging of AJA’s hardware development and video I/O expertise with Comprimato’s transcoding and internet transport know-how means customers can expect the versatility, speed and quality needed for that competitive edge. The unique fusion of company talent between AJA and Comprimato ensures that BRIDGE LIVE delivers the performance and reliability needed for live H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC, MPEG-4), H.262 (MPEG-2) and JPEG 2000* encode, decode, or transcode needs.

*Full H.265, H.264, H.262 I/O functionality included with BRIDGE LIVE turnkey system, JPEG 2000 I/O license options available.

Hardware

BRIDGE LIVE supports up to 4x 3G-SDI simultaneously, or 1x 12G-SDI connections yielding 4 HD channels or 1 UltraHD channel of SDI video I/O in 1RU. Dual 10GigE Ethernet ports provide network connectivity and dual power supplies provide peace of mind.

Administration, monitoring and access to BRIDGE LIVE is supported via either network browser or local Display Port. Indirect agnostic monitoring and automation is supported via both REST API and SNMP.

Metadata and Closed Caption Support

BRIDGE LIVE fully supports both closed captioning and additional metadata which is often a neglected feature set with lower cost encoding devices. 

BRIDGE LIVE supports:

SCTE-35/SCTE-104 Ad insertion markers and conversion
CEA-608/CEA-708 Closed Captioning including conversion
Embedding Closed Captioning/Subtitles into H.264 SEI messages
Metadata pass through
MPEG-2 ancillary packet support, SMPTE 2038
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) on input

Transport, Encoding and Delivery

BRIDGE LIVE can be configured for low latency or high quality tasks. Depending on configuration, latency can be as low as 200ms. And, BRIDGE LIVE naturally gives you the tools to move content and deliver according to your workflow needs.  

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Live Direct-to-Audience Streaming

BRIDGE LIVE offers a comprehensive platform for live video streaming. Streaming support includes SRT, RTMP/S, RTP/UDP, and MPEG-TS. Using these standard protocols provides wide support for streaming services from Twitch, YouTube Live and Facebook Live. BRIDGE LIVE builds upon the tried and tested approach of AJA’s HELO streaming device, while including flexibility for multiple inputs, broad format and bit-rate support, as well as metadata and redundancy. 

And, while streaming to CDNs for a direct-to-audience delivery, BRIDGE LIVE can simultaneously deliver different stream types to partners to re-transmit, transcode, or store.

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Reference Video for Remote Collaboration

Production and Post: Connecting remote artists and clients using reference quality video, or providing a high quality window into production for those who cannot be on-set.

BRIDGE LIVE means the flexibility to leave media and equipment at the secure, managed facility, and have creative talent work together remotely with reference quality video.

BRIDGE LIVE compliments existing GUI driving technologies (e.g. RDP, Teradici) by layering on the reference quality video needed for creative confidence and client/executive sign-off. Choices between H.265 (4:2:0, 10-bit), H.264 (4:2:2, 10-bit) with turnkey BRIDGE LIVE, or via optional license JPEG 2000 (4:2:2, 10-bit), mean there is choice and flexibility in how to approach your needs in terms of quality and latency.

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Encoding For Remote Production

BRIDGE LIVE also offers the flexibility to tap video from on-set recording devices and stream the output of cameras (over a secure private line with encryption) providing a high quality window into production for those who cannot be on-set.

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Remote Video Transport and Contribution

For Broadcast, BRIDGE LIVE provides an efficient mechanism for backhauling remote live SDI video sources to the media production facility, in order to be converted back to SDI and made available on the internal facility SDI router for ongoing production/transmission.

Traditional secure lines for remote production can be very expensive, with additional fees being levied for time before and after a production starts and ends. BRIDGE LIVE allows source cameras and local program out to be transported using publicly available internet, with no penalty for early or extended use during a production. BRIDGE LIVE also offers lower latency than traditional secure lines for time critical productions.

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Live Production Encoding

Telcos, IPTV and cable operators are often presented with an SDI source or a live event or live production, which is needed as a simple MPEG-Transport Stream with H.264/H.262 encode. The delivered stream may be required for further processing (storage, production), or else be streamed directly to an IPTV/Cable network.

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Encoding For Content Distribution

For Studios and Broadcast applications BRIDGE LIVE facilitates primary distribution of finished and mastered content to partners for subsequent streaming to audiences.

BRIDGE LIVE can provide ABR ladder profiles or hand-off for OTT packaging. For example, encoding to H.264 or H.265 for hand-off with ABR ladder profiles, including pointing the ladder profile directly to a local packager or CDN.

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Annual Maintenance

BRIDGE LIVE optional annual maintenance package provides:

  • Software and Hardware Technical Support via Phone and/or Email.
  • Advanced Replacement.
  • All new software features, updates and bug fixes*.
  • Priority bug fixes and feature requests. 

*Critical bug fixes will be provided for all customers purchasing BRIDGE LIVE.

  5118 annual maintenance

 BRIDGE LIVE supports:

  • RTMP, RTMPS
  • RTP, UDP
  • SRT (plus encryption)
  • MPEG Transport Stream
  • ABR Ladder Profiles
  • Hand-off for OTT packaging
Supported Encodes/DecodesBRIDGE LIVE supports the following configurations for encoding and decoding between SDI and streaming formats as standard. Multiple streams/formats/destinations can be derived from a single SDI input.H.265 (HEVC):
  • 8-bit or 10-bit
  • 4:2:0
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 60p HD encodes/decodes or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI
  • SRT, RTMP and MPEG-TS protocol support

H.264 (AVC):

  • 8-bit or 10-bit
  • 4:2:0 or 4:2:2
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 60p HD encodes/decodes or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI with an HQ option*
  • SRT, RTMP and MPEG-TS protocol support

H.262 (MPEG-2):

  • 8-bit
  • 4:2:0
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 30p/60i HD encodes/decodes or up to 2 simultaneous 60p HD encodes/decodes to/from SDI with an HQ option
  • SRT, RTMP and MPEG-TS protocol support
  • *H.264 HQ selection limited to 30p maximum for HD and UltraHD
Optional JPEG 2000 VSF TR-01 Encode/Decode License
BRIDGE LIVE capabilities can be expanded to include high quality JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding.
  • JPEG 2000 (TR-01)
  • 10-bit
  • 4:2:2
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 60p HD encodes (80-220Mbps) or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode (up to 800Mbs)
  • SRT and MPEG-TS protocol support

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