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AJA Debuts SD/HD Cards for Final Cut Pro 3

Kona uncompressed line works with FCP in Mac OS X By Dave Nagel
AJA Video Systems has introduced two uncompressed QuickTime capture boards that work with Final Cut pro 3 in Mac OS X. The cards (Kona-SD and Kona-HD) are available in standard- and high-definition versions, with drivers created by Blackmagic Design for compatibility not only with FCP 3, but also After Effects, Premiere and Combustion, among others.

Kona-SD offers full 10-bit uncompressed video, dual-stream capability, real-time effects and six-channel digital audio support. Features include:

  • SDI Input/Output: SMPTE 259M 10 bit Uncompressed Video;
  • Real-Time Effects (Dissolve available now, others to follow);
  • Auto-sensing genlock for composite sync or color black;
  • Hardware color space conversion;
  • Six channels of 24-bit, 48 kHz AES audio I/O;
  • Asynchronous audio at 32 kHz to 96 kHz;
  • SDI and BNC inputs and outputs;
  • 128 MB onboard 64-bit memory.

The Kona-HD board shares the features of the Kona-SD but supports input and output of 10-bit uncompressed SMPTE-292 HD-SDI video. Other specifications that vary from the SD board include

  • Support for QuickTime V210 10-bit data;
  • 1080i 50/59.94/60, 1080psf 23.98/24/25/29.97/30, 720p 59.94/60;
  • Full support for six-channel HD-SDI embedded audio, including embedding and disembedding to or from AES;
  • 256 MB onboard 128-bit memory.

AJA's Kona video boards have been built from the ground up, according to the company, and are upgradable through software downloads (when updates become available). The Kona-SD sells for $3,295 and is available now. The Kona-HD will be available this quarter. For real-time effects on the Kona-HD, a 66 MHz PCI slot is required. Pricing has not yet been set on the HD model. AJA will be showing off its new hardware at the NAB convention in Las Vegas next week. For more information, visit

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, 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 [email protected].

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