As live event producers work to deliver an increasing amount of esports content, AJA Video Systems is helping them meet demand. Taipei-based Carry Live, a planner and producer of esports tournaments and content, recently extended its esports production workflow with AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G. Using the high-density gateway device for 3G-SDI/NDI conversion, its team can now deliver more SDI and NDI sources — not for only tournaments and games, but to capture the strategy, reactions, and personalities of the pros competing.

Carry Live’s work is present across Twitch, YouTube, and other platforms and reaches audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and other Southeast Asian countries. Recent productions include the League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (PFC) Tournament, Valorant Champions Tour (VCTTWHK), Asia Esports Championship, Team Fight Tactics by Riot Games, and the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Tournament. The company also produces original content including Put Up or Shut Up, a talent-scouting show to find new casters with potential for eSports.

Across productions, Carry Live uses a NewTek TriCaster (TC1) as its primary video switcher, but it quickly found it had extended its four physical SDI inputs with I/O expansion taking it to 16 input sources. Broadcast technology advancements and viewer demand were pushing against that capacity. Its team turned to Network Device Interface (NDI), a low-latency, high-performance transport layer designed for real-time applications, to overcome space limitations, extend workflows beyond traditional broadcasting setups, and support remote work.

Tim Liu, Program Director at Carry Live, shared, “In the past, only one or two machines were needed to cover the battle rooms, but it’s not enough today. We may need to capture the reactions of the coaching team during breaks or the individual reactions of each player, which requires an increase in the numbers of cameras and input sources.”

AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G proved the solution to Liu’s challenge, offering high density conversion from 3G-SDI to NDI and NDI to 3G-SDI for both multi-channel HD and 4K/UltraHD. Additionally, with BRIDGE NDI 3G, the team can now separate its computer graphics (CG) processing, previously done on a single machine, onto two machines. It has enabled simultaneous content production and real-time processing. As BRIDGE NDI 3G has a channel specifically for CG with keying and video sources, the Carry Live team can directly output the combined result.

With Carry Live’s setup, two subtitle machines are connected directly to the BRIDGE NDI 3G, going through physical SDI first and then converting to NDI signals before being sent to the switcher. This process enables them to incorporate both the live game and player reactions during playback, just like other live sports events. The BRIDGE NDI 3G has also helped Carry Live enhance its CG graphics and broadcasting quality. Said Liu, “It was almost impossible to achieve that goal with only 16 channels, since League of Legends, for example, is a 5v5 game. There is a video camera to capture each player’s face. BRIDGE NDI 3G has helped us on that front.”

As they focus primarily on live broadcasting, maintaining a stable signal is also critical to Carry Live’s success. He concluded, “We chose AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G without hesitation, and it’s been a solid decision. AJA’s products are known for high quality and stability, and it’s delivered in this respect.”

About AJA BRIDGE NDI 3G

BRIDGE NDI 3G is a 1RU gateway offering high density conversion from 3G-SDI to NDI and NDI to 3G-SDI for multi-channel HD and 4K/UltraHD. Designed to drop into any existing NDI or SDI workflow as a plug-and-play appliance, it’s easy to deploy and administer. BRIDGE NDI 3G brings immense conversion power and flexibility, fully controllable remotely for AV use, security and surveillance, broadcast, esports, entertainment venues, and a range of other facilities needing high quality, efficient NDI encode and decode.

Gabriel Mays

AbelCine Director of Rental
As Director of Rental, Gabriel Mays oversees growth of Rental by nurturing business relationships and unifying the customer experience nationwide. In his previous role as the LA Rental Manager, Gabriel worked with producers, cinematographers, and assistant camera operators to provide the highest level of customer service possible. He also ensured that all their equipment needs are met on budget. Before coming to AbelCine in 2015, Gabriel previously worked as a Communications Instructor and Electronic Media Engineer at a private university. He taught various courses in electronic media, including film, broadcasting, and digital arts. Gabriel is an award-winning cinematographer, director, producer, and editor known for his innovative research and implementation of new film techniques. He was also one of the first to implement HDSLR cameras into filmmaking. He has been the cinematographer on dozens of independent films, documentaries, and music videos.