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AJA Debuts New Io Models

Io LD and Io LA bring down price point of video capture system By Dave Nagel
AJA Video Systems has unveiled two new expansions in its line of Io FireWire-based video I/O systems for Apple's Final Cut Pro. The new models include the Io LA and the Io LD, both of which are smaller and priced lower than the original Io device. They're expected to ship in January.

AJA's Io systems are FireWire-based video capture and output devices. All of the Io models support multi-channel 24-bit audio, Genlock and RS-422 machine control. The new models are geared toward specific applications, with the Io LD supporting SDI digital systems and the Io LA supporting analog component and composite systems.

Specific features of the Io LD include:

  • 10-bit SDI video with 8 ch 24 bit embedded audio I/O;
  • 10-bit component/composite analog video output;
  • Two-channel balanced analog audio output;
  • Two-channel S/PDIF digital audio output;
  • Genlock with looping BNC connections;
  • BNC/XLR analog out breakout cable.

Specific features of the Io LA include:

  • 10-bit component and composite analog video I/O;
  • Four-channel balanced analog audio I/O;
  • Simultaneous output of component/composite and S-video;
  • Frame Synchronizer architecture;
  • Genlock with looping BNC connections;
  • Eight XLR analog audio breakout cable.

Both models connect to the Macintosh system via a single FireWire 400 cable.

The Io LD and Io LA will ship in January for $1,190 each. (The original Io, which began shipping in June, sells for $2,290.) For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Apple DVD Studio Pro, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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