AWS Elemental Link is a device that connects a live video source, like a camera or video production equipment, to AWS Elemental MediaLive. Link offers a configuration-free, cost-efficient way to securely and reliably transfer video to MediaLive for delivery to viewers. To use the device, you simply connect it to power, Ethernet, and a video source. Then you can control and monitor your AWS Elemental Link device from anywhere you have access to the AWS Management Console. AWS Elemental Link improves the quality and reliability of your live video streams while reducing the cost and complexity of equipment that you need to operate on-premises.
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Benefits

Fast and easy setup

AWS Elemental Link is shipped fully configured for your AWS Account. Simply connect the device to power, an IP network, and a video source (3G-SDI or HDMI). Once connected, Link automatically starts sending thumbnail images and is available as a source for MediaLive in the AWS Management Console, ready for live streaming.

Manage and monitor devices remotely

With AWS Elemental Link, you control the entire live event workflow using the AWS Management Console. Because you can manage and monitor multiple devices anywhere in the world from a central point of control, you don’t need to send technical operators to event sites in order to set up and configure your live streams.

Cost efficient

At a price of $995 USD per device (not including tax, shipping, and MediaLive costs), Link provides a broadcast-grade way to connect your on-premises live video source to MediaLive at a fraction of the cost of traditional approaches. Because setup is easy and management of devices is handled remotely, Link is efficient to own and operate.

Small and portable

Link is a small, portable device with minimal power and cooling requirements. Weighing less than 1 lb. (450 g), Link can travel wherever you need to connect live video to the cloud. Link is silent, and fanless operation and minimal heat generation make the device practical to use in low-noise environments like studios or conference rooms.

High video quality

Link is designed to maximize the quality of video sent to the cloud and account for the unpredictable nature of network conditions. The device uses an advanced video compression system that continuously adjusts to available bandwidth in order to deliver the best possible video under all network conditions.

How it works

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FAQs

Link takes a single video input as a source and sends a single video output up to 1080p 60fps to AWS Elemental MediaLive. Set up requires three connections to begin streaming video to MediaLive: a power source, an IP network, and a 3G-SDI or an HDMI video source. Link also supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) so you can use as few as two cables. On most networks (ones that use DHCP), no further configuration is needed. Link comes preconfigured for your AWS Account; once connected, it automatically begins transferring video thumbnails, can be stopped and started, and is available to use in a MediaLive Channel. Link can go from out-of-the-box to live streaming in less than one minute.

What is AWS Elemental MediaLive?

AWS Elemental MediaLive is a cloud-based live video encoding service that offers fast, reliable, and easy-to-use delivery of high-quality live video streams. MediaLive streamlines live video operations by automating the configuration and management of ingest and encoding components for highly reliable delivery. The service provides broadcast-quality features, configurable capability, and supports industry standard formats and technologies. With the broadcast-grade encoding capabilities of MediaLive, the scale and elasticity of AWS, and the easy setup and management of AWS Elemental Link, you can efficiently deliver live streams to your audiences.

What are some example use cases for Link?

Link is great for live event venues, because it reduces the upfront cost of equipment that might only be used periodically. For instance, a house of worship can use Link to live stream services on its website, or an arena can use it to broadcast concerts or sporting events. Link is also ideal for organizations that need to centrally manage a large fleet of devices; for example, by installing Link devices in auditoriums, a university or enterprise can centrally manage broadcast-grade streaming of events across an entire campus. Finally, Link’s portability and low cost gives news reporters an easy way to go “on the air” from just about anywhere they need to.
Yes, you can monitor live video from Link devices in real time within the MediaLive console. Link generates video thumbnails every few seconds and supports state alert changes through the AWS Management Console and API. This helps you move quickly to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve technical issues.

Link fits into facilities of practically any size and can be installed in any standard equipment rack. The device fits three across on a standard 19 in. rack shelf. Weighing less than one lb (450 g) and measuring just 32 cu. in. (524 cu. cm) in volume, the Link device is easy to transport and takes up just a fraction of the space and power of a standard 1U server, making it ideal for flypacks and other types of remote production installations.

Pricing

AWS Elemental Link costs $995 USD (excluding tax and shipping). In addition, MediaLive Input pricing applies to your live video. AWS Elemental Link is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and EU (Ireland) regions.

Resources

AWS Elemental Link Demonstration (3:34)

Spec Sheet

View the AWS Elemental Link hardware spec sheet.