AJA Delivers New Streaming, 12G-SDI, IP, HDR, and Data Management Solutions and Upgrades Ahead of NAB 2022

Update introduces new functionality for live video production workflows, including end-to-end support for HDR over SDI and dual-channel UltraHD support

AJA Video Systems today announced BRIDGE LIVE v1.13, a feature-rich software update for its multi-channel UltraHD and HD live video solution for remote production, contribution, collaboration, streaming, and delivery. BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 introduces a range of powerful new features for live video production, including new Synchronous Multi-Channel/Multi-System Transport; dual-channel UltraHD support to enable full bi-directional UltraHD exchange; and multichannel end-to-end HDR support over SDI to preserve full image quality during transport from site-to-site.

A turnkey enterprise solution, BRIDGE LIVE simplifies the transport of multi-channel UltraHD and HD video between uncompressed SDI to and from a wide range of streaming and contribution codecs, including NDI, H.265, H.264, MPEG-2, and JPEG 2000. For multi-camera workflows across a pair or multiple units, BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 introduces new multi-channel synchronous transport to enable separate UltraHD and HD channels to be transmitted and received in sync. For SDI backhaul, this enables the use of one or more pairs of BRIDGE LIVE systems to transport incoming SDI cameras and other feeds from one location to another, then output the SDI signals with the sync relationship preserved. This feature also allows for contributing multi-channel synchronous sources to cloud platforms and services.

BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 further introduces new end-to-end HDR over SDI capabilities via ANC data to enable remote HDR workflows, preserving SDI transfer characteristics, colorimetry, and luminance from SDI ingest to SDI output. In addition to its single-channel UltraHD 60p capability, BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 adds support for UltraHD dual encode/decode or bi-directional encode/decode up to 30p.

“As demand for streaming and live production workflows continues to surge, enhancing BRIDGE LIVE’s capabilities to support the latest standards and production demands is critical for increasing workflow flexibility and delivering the highest quality video and audio feeds,” stated Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Developed in response to industry demand and customer feedback, BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 is an essential update that supports powerful conversions and more streamlined, cost-efficient workflows.”

Pricing and Availability
BRIDGE LIVE v1.13 will be available soon to existing users with an active maintenance agreement for download from AJA’s website. Customers without a maintenance agreement can access bug fixes within v1.13 but will not receive new feature access. BRIDGE LIVE is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network starting at $15,999 US MSRP. For more information, visit: www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.

Developed in cooperation with IP video software experts Comprimato, BRIDGE LIVE is a turnkey solution built for critical streaming and contribution applications with high performance 12G-SDI video encoding/decoding, stream-based transcoding, comprehensive metadata and closed caption support, all within a compact 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies. www.aja.com/products/bridge-live.


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