Posted On: Jun 11, 2021

Today, we are excited to announce increased customer control of AWS Elemental MediaConnect input source selection and failover behavior.

While MediaConnect already provided automatic input failover in the event of a signal source loss, you can now select between merge and failover modes on a flow by flow basis. Merge mode is suitable for two inputs that are replicated at the per packet level (commonly called “SMPTE 2022-7 compliant”). Failover mode is suitable for two inputs that are usable substitutes, but not perfect copies of each other (such as from two different upstream devices).

In addition, when using the new failover mode option, you can specify the input priority between the two signals. This enables you to manage the timing of changes to your active video flows, so that you can do maintenance upstream of MediaConnect. For example, you might switch priority of input feeds during a time of low viewership, then make changes to the inactive upstream device at a later time.

To get started using using this feature, consult the MediaConnect source failover documentation.

AWS Elemental MediaConnect is a reliable, secure, and flexible transport service for live video that enables broadcasters and content owners to build live video workflows and securely share live content with partners and customers. MediaConnect helps customers who run 24x7 TV channels or stream live events transport high-bitrate live video streams into, through, and out of the AWS Cloud in a fraction of the time and cost of satellite or fiber services. MediaConnect can function as a standalone service or within a larger video workflow that includes other AWS services, including AWS Elemental Media Services.

Visit the AWS Region Table for a full list of AWS Regions where MediaConnect is available. To learn more, visit the MediaConnect overview page.