The LinkSwitch is the stand-alone WMT debonding server offering transcoding and relay services. The LinkSwitch is required when customers want to operate at a larger scale or do not have requirements for decoding to SDI. The LinkSwitch is a highly scalable solution offering several options which are available in a buffet model.
The LinkSwitch can act as a WMT debonding server but also as a full-featured transcoder enabling format changes between H.265 and H.264, resizing and repacketization to for example RTMP, Mpeg TS and RTSP. The combination of transcoding and RTMP enable forwarding of any stream to all the well-known social media platforms like Facebook and Youtube. Social media platforms all have their specific requirements in terms of quality, e.g resolution, bitrate and framerate. YouTube prefers 1080p while Periscope accepts many types but only at 800 Kbp/s. This means that, by default, video sources including live video from WMT units using H.265 do not always match these requirements completely.
The LinkSwitch will fix incompliances automatically including (optional) deinterlacing for an optimal experience in a web-based player. The transcoding functionality also powers the Multiviewer in the LinkMatrix, our web-based management platform. It is possible to transcode 20 streams at the same time enabling live previews of all WMT units online. The LinkSwitch is a future proof design because of its scalable architecture.
The LinkSwitch is a 1U server and is available with various configurations and storage capabilities. The standard model will enable by default the forwarding to social media including transcoding features.