AJA Bridge Live

R 374,400.00

AJA Bridge Live is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.



BRIDGE LIVE is a broadcast-quality, low-latency turnkey system for Remote Production (REMI), Multi-Channel Video Contribution, Remote Collaboration, Direct to Audience Streaming and Multi Bit Rate/Format Delivery.

Equipped with 12G-SDI I/O plus the power and flexibility to enable real-time bi-directional encoding, decoding and transcoding for critical UHD and HD workflows, BRIDGE LIVE is an essential part of any modern live video production toolkit. A compact and robust 1RU form factor with redundant power supplies and a three year warranty, means peace of mind even when dealing with the most demanding applications.

Whether facilitating remote production, two-way interviews, live event streaming, multi-cam backhaul, field contribution, program return, confidence monitoring, collaborative production, ABR ladder profiles to hand-off for OTT packaging, BRIDGE LIVE ensures simultaneous, secure and stable workflows whether over private lines or the public internet.


  • 12G-SDI/3G-SDI I/O supports 4-channels of HD or 1-channel of UltraHD as standard
  • Bi-directional Encode/Decode/Transcode; NDI, H.265 (HEVC), H.264 (AVC, MPEG-4), H.262 (MPEG-2) and JPEG 2000 (TR-01)
  • Protocols; SRT, HLS, MPEG-TS, MPTS (input), RTMP/RTMPS (output), RTP, and UDP
  • Multi bit rate/format content distribution, ABR Ladder Profiles for OTT hand-off
  • Selectable profiles for 10-bit and 8-bit, 4:2:2 and 4:2:0
  • Unmatched Metadata capabilities including Ad insertion markers (SCTE-35/SCTE-104),¬†CC/Subtitles (EIA-608/708, Line 21, H.264 SEI), MPEG-2 ANC, SMPTE 2038
  • Remote WebUI or local GUI access for easy administration, control and operation
  • Monitoring, Control and Automation supported via REST API or SNMP
  • Turnkey 1RU rack-mountable, enterprise-class form factor
  • Dual 10GbE interface for control and transport
  • Dual power supplies for critical application redundancy
  • Three year warranty

Simultaneous Bi-Directional Encoding and Decoding

BRIDGE LIVE supports simultaneous bi-directional encoding and decoding with HD and SD sources.

With a pair of BRIDGE LIVE systems, a broadcast facility can receive three incoming encoded camera sources from a remote location and decode them into SDI for editing and production, while simultaneously providing a program return to the remote location.

NDI Encode/Decode/Transcode

Starting with v1.12 software, BRIDGE LIVE includes support for NDI (Network Device Interface), the high-quality, real time, low latency live video standard developed by NewTek. BRIDGE LIVE can support up to 4 simultaneous 60p HD encodes/decodes or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI. BRIDGE LIVE’s NDI functionality offers:

  • SDI to NDI (encode)
  • NDI to SDI (decode)
  • IP Video Streams to NDI (transcode)
  • NDI to IP Video Streams (transcode)

Used in conjunction with BRIDGE LIVE’s broad codec and protocol support, collaboration between geographically separated (remote) NDI facilities can be realized.

BRIDGE LIVE provides broad NDI product compatibility across software and hardware transmitters and receivers.

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
  • CEA-608/CEA-708 Closed Captioning
  • 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, Containers and Protocols

BRIDGE LIVE can be configured for low latency and/or high quality tasks. BRIDGE LIVE gives you the tools to move content and deliver according to your workflow needs.  

BRIDGE LIVE supported Containers and Protocols:

  • ABR Ladder Profiles
  • HLS
  • MPTS (input)
  • NDI
  • RTMP/RTMPS (output)
  • RTP, UDP
  • SRT (including encryption)
  • VSF-TR01

Supported Encodes/Decodes

BRIDGE 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.


  • 8-bit or 16-bit
  • 4:2:2
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 60p HD encodes/decodes or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI
  • NDI Inputs can be received, transcoded and output as IP Video Streams


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 2 simultaneous 60p 4:2:2, 10-bit HD encodes/decodes or 1x 30p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI
  • Up to 4 simultaneous 60p 4:2:0, 8-bit HD encodes/decodes or 1x 60p UltraHD encode/decode to/from SDI
  • 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

JPEG 2000 Encode/Decode License

BRIDGE LIVE capabilities can be optionally 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


BRIDGE LIVE supports up to 4x 3G-SDI simultaneously for multi-channel HD, or 1x 12G-SDI for UltraHD I/O in 1RU. Dual 10 GigE 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.

Remote Production (REMI) BRIDGE LIVE as a Receiving Hub

BRIDGE LIVE supports workflows where it is necessary to receive contribution streams coming from various 3rd party encoders, IP cameras or AJA HELO, for conversion back/to SDI at a production facility.

For example, BRIDGE LIVE could be receiving UDP or HLS from AJA HELO, SRT from a Panasonic camera (e.g. AW-UE150, AW-UE100, AG-CX350, AJ-CX4000), SRT from a Haivision encoder (e.g. Mikito X4), and NDI (locally) from software such as an NLE, an NDI camera, or a hardware based encoder such as BirdDog (e.g. Studio NDI) or Magewell (e.g. ProConvert).