FireBridge

Live shots from any device designed from the ground up for broadcast use.

Streamline your workflow. Never worry about supporting multiple pieces of software to acquire liveshots again.

FireBridge is a fully browser-based solution that does not require any downloads or user accounts. A guest simply clicks a personalized link and is on the air within seconds. Every video source in the FireBridge can be output as HD-SDI from an on-premises BitFire FirePower server. These outputs provide isolated HD video and audio of just the desired user, allowing you to switch or edit your show as you would any other production.

How a FireBridge Live Shot Works

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The FireBridge Advantage

  • Designed for Broadcast
    • HD-SDI Video Outputs AND Inputs
    • Full PC-Based Production
    • De-centralized production contribution
    • IP Phone IFB
    • Native Multi-Party Support - No Mix-Minus Needed
  • Ease of Execution
    • No applications to install, URL-driven contribution (Chrome/Firefox)
    • Browser-Based Receiver
    • Advanced Signal Resilience Technology
  • Nothing to Install, No Account Needed
    • The FireBridge is fully browser-based, and therefore does not require any downloads or administrator privileges on a device. The user simply clicks a personalized link and is on the air within seconds.
    • Compatible with Chrome and Firefox, on any platform. Support for most scenarios on iOS and Android as well.
  • Advanced Signal Resilience Technology
    • This isn't your typical browser-based video solution. FireBridge leverages years of experience in broadcast IP video transmission to modify and replace the standard methods of sending video from a browser, providing the most reliable stream possible from any internet connectio
  • HD-SDI Video Outputs
    • Every video source in the FireBridge can be output as HD-SDI from an on-premises BitFire Engine, eliminating the need for scan converters or scalers. These outputs provide isolated HD video and audio of just the desired user, allowing you to switch or edit your show as you would any other production. Through this broadcast-centric feature, the FireBridge avoids the typical shortcomings of video conferencing solutions - no annoying overlays, auto-camera-switching, or mixed-down audio here.
  • HD-SDI Video Inputs
    • Return video can be fed into the FireBridge from these same HD-SDI ports, allowing for Program Return and/or Prompter to appear in the FireBridge for talent use. IFB audio can be embedded under these returns.
  • IP Phone IFB
    • For more traditional broadcast uses, FireBridge includes the ability to connect to a standard telephone-based IFB system. This allows FireBridge users to join traditional broadcasts without the need for a video return.
  • Browser-Based Receiver
    • For scenarios where HD-SDI isn’t needed, the FireBridge has a built-in browser-based receiver that receives a single participant along with their isolated audio, without any overlays or other on-screen annoyances.
  • Full PC-Based Production
    • The browser-based receiver is natively compatible with OBS for Windows (free and open source). Several FireBridge receivers can be included in a live OBS production without the need for any additional plugins. This allows for a full multi-site, remote production webcast, complete with DVEs and graphics, without a hardware switcher or any other production equipment.
  • Native Multi-Party Support - No Mix-Minus Needed
    • If multiple people join the same FireBridge, they can see and hear each other as though they were in the same room. This allows for natural, extremely-low-latency conversations, without the need for dedicated mix-minus IFBs from the control room.

 

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