BridgeWIZ supports the following types of destinations:
- SDI output
- NDI output
- Network Streaming
- Local Files
Each of the types supports its own features.
Once configured, you can see the destination in the “Destinations” list with the “Bridge to …” name that shows you a type and main information about the type. For example, a name of an NDI stream, or a streaming protocol.
For output SDI devices, BridgeWIZ supports only Blackmagic Design devices (Decklink and Intensity families). For this destination, you should select a device and set the output line. Usually, SDI and HDMI are running at the same time, and you choose a mode for Composite or Component outputs if you work with SD resolutions.
For NDI signals, you should set the output stream name (by default, BridgeWIZ uses “BridgeWIZ NDI” as a stream name). Optionally, you can set up an NDI group to protect a stream.
Network streaming supports the following protocols:
- RTMP - suitable for YouTube, Twitch, and other media platforms as well as entry points of CDNs (Akamai, for example).
- UDP - transport stream to hardware devices
- SRT - a modern protocol to stream to studios and devices
For each protocol, you should set a target URL and a bitrate. The bitrate can be adjusted based on the input content – for this, you can keep using the “Auto”. The video encoder is configured automatically based on your system hardware. BridgeWIZ supports GPU-powered encoders from NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel. If nothing is available, it uses a software-based encoding.
For RTMP and UDP, you should set the streaming parameters like a stream key. Also, if it is required, you can set a username and a password. For this type, you can have more than just RTMP streaming – you can have a backup URL specified to have more than just a single stream running at once. This mode could help you save some resources by streaming to RTMP and UDP at the same time, for example.
In addition to the above, for SRT streams you can set a stream type (caller, listener, or rendezvous).
With BridgeWIZ, you can record the input video into local files. You should set a target folder to keep the recorded files and set a naming prefix for the files. Local dates and times will be used as a template for the resulting file names. If you set the “Split Every” option, your recordings will be cut into chunks of equal duration.