AJA releases Bridge Live v1.12 with NDI and HLS compatibility

AJA Video Systems has released Bridge Live v1.12, a new software update for AJA’s turnkey multi-channel live video solution for remote production, contribution, collaboration, streaming and delivery. The release features bidirectional NDI (Network Device Interface) input, output and transcode; HLS output; video preview; and user interface updates for more intuitive configuration.

According to the company, bidirectional NDI support makes it easy to encode SDI inputs for NDI output to the network and/or to receive NDI for outputting SDI. The ability to also transcode IP video streams to NDI and/or transcode NDI inputs to IP video streams enables a host of new workflow possibilities. For example, Bridge Live can now sit at the edge of an NDI event or facility network, enabling professionals to transport outbound NDI video as a streamable format, and/or return the stream to NDI for use at a remote NDI production destination.

Additional Bridge Live v1.12 features include the ability to integrate remote NDI and non-NDI equipment/facilities via RTP/UDP/SRT and to tap directly into the NDI network and provide a conduit to CDNs or other delivery mechanisms. Users can also input SDI sources and IP video streams into Bridge Live and encode them for sharing to widely used devices and software, or via remote screening to iOS and iPadOS devices via HLS. With support for Video Preview thumbnails now available in the Bridge Live GUI for SDI inputs, it is also possible to receive visual confirmation for correct SDI input/content encoding, even if users are unable to ‘go live’ to check the content for security.

UX improvements include a more intuitive pipeline configuration and options such as ‘start detecting input’ and ‘set as input’ buttons, as well as enhanced responsiveness. There’s also an alternative method to access factory reset directly from the boot menu.

“Bridge Live v1.12 marks AJA’s second major software update for the device since launching the product less than a year ago and addresses key customer feature requests to streamline operations and provide greater workflow flexibility in the field,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “This is our first NDI-enabled product and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the unique capabilities of Bridge Live to the huge range of NDI users around the world. Bringing bidirectional NDI I/O and HLS output to Bridge Live offers professionals broader hardware and software integration and a simpler, cost-effective alternative to deploying large teams of personnel and resources at remote locations.”

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