Posted On: Jun 15, 2021

Today we announced the general availability of AWS Elemental Link UHD, a High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoding device that connects a live ultra-high definition (UHD) video source, like a camera or other video production equipment, to AWS Elemental MediaLive for video processing in the AWS cloud. 

Contributing high-quality live video into the cloud can be challenging. Most hardware requires expertise on-location to install, manage, and troubleshoot, and can be expensive for occasional use. Equipment is often heavy, noisy, and requires resources to keep cool. And, sending video reliably over congested networks is difficult.

AWS Elemental Link devices are fast and easy to set up and ship fully configured to your AWS Account. You simply connect the device to power, an IP network, and an SDI or HDMI video source. Once connected, video is automatically available in your MediaLive console in less than a minute, and ready to stream to viewers. Devices are controlled and monitored remotely using the MediaLive console. Customers like GLO, Sherpa Digital, MediaKnit, Blaze Streaming Media, Streamly,, and Spiritland Productions have taken advantage of Link HD’s high video quality, and fast and easy setup, for a wide variety of streaming applications from enterprise events, live sports and music, fitness classes, and even live surgery to train medical professionals.

AWS Elemental Link UHD takes all of the Link HD features and adds high performance HEVC encoding capability for UHD (4K 2160p60) video feeds. Link UHD supports up to 10 bit contribution, so you can a create high dynamic range (HDR) outputs including HDR 10 and HLG in your MediaLive channels to delight audiences with brilliant video picture quality.

AWS Elemental Link works with MediaLive, part of AWS Media Services, a family of services that form the foundation of cloud-based workflows and offer you the capabilities needed to transport, create, package, store, monetize, and deliver video. To learn more, please visit the AWS Elemental Link product page.