Introducing AWS Cloud Digital Interface (CDI) and input support in AWS Elemental MediaLive

Posted on: Sep 16, 2020

Today we are excited to announce AWS Cloud Digital Interface (CDI), a network technology for reliably transporting uncompressed live video between applications. AWS CDI uses advanced, high-performance features available on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance types that support Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA). Using AWS CDI, you can send video reliably between applications with network latency as low as 8 milliseconds, which is less than one frame of video in duration. In addition, AWS Elemental MediaLive now supports AWS CDI inputs, enabling higher-quality and lower latency inputs for live cloud transcoding. Please visit the MediaLive pricing page for detailed pricing when using an AWS CDI input for video ingest into MediaLive.

Video products that support AWS CDI can connect together, allowing you to build end-to-end distributed video solutions running on Amazon EC2 instances and MediaLive. Examples of applications that can use AWS CDI include TV channel playout, live video production switching, motion graphic insertion, multi-viewer applications, frame rate and color space conversion, forensic watermarking, and video decoding and encoding. To get started, you can download the AWS CDI SDK, a set of open source libraries and documentation for building live video solutions on AWS. To learn more about AWS CDI and the AWS CDI SDK, please visit the main AWS CDI page.

AWS Elemental MediaLive is a broadcast-grade live video processing service. It lets you create high-quality live video streams for delivery to broadcast televisions and internet-connected multiscreen devices, like connected TVs, tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes. Visit the AWS Region Table for a full list of AWS Regions where MediaLive is available. Elastic Fabric Adapter (EFA) is a network interface for Amazon EC2 instances that enables you to run applications requiring high levels of inter-node communications at scale on AWS. To get started with EFA, please visit the EFA documentation.