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AJA Enables Native HD/SD Capture, Editing and Playback

AJA and Adobe Participate in Joint Development to Provide Certified OpenHD Solutions (January 18, 2006)
AJA Video, a leading manufacturer of professional video interface and conversion technology, today announced that Adobe has implemented native support within Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 for AJAs XENA HS real-time HD-SDI/SDI I/O card as part of the new Adobe® Production Studio. AJA has also announced joint development with Adobe to deliver HD certified turnkey solutions as part of the Adobe OpenHD alliance. The AJA real time HD/SD solution provides Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 customers with native full-resolution capture, editing and playback in HD/SD.

XENA HS support is among the top new features in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 and allows post-production editors, videographers and multimedia creative professionals to input and output high-speed, uncompressed SD or HD digital audio/video under full control of the software application for integrated capture, playback and print to tape. This integrated native support was developed by Adobe exclusively for the XENA HS. In addition, AJAs own plug-ins let users also preview and export within Adobe Photoshop® CS2, and preview material within Adobe After Effects 7.0.

?In coordination with AJA, Adobe Premiere Pro now offers native support for HD leveraging technologies such as XENA HS directly in Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0, giving our users the flexibility to work with HD as easily as they would any other format, said Simon Hayhurst, director of Digital Video and Audio product management for Adobe.  ?Through our collaboration in the Adobe OpenHD alliance, we are able to offer open, end-to-end HD and SD workflows for high performance and reliability at a cost significantly less than proprietary solutions.

?AJAs approach matches well with the Adobe OpenHD philosophy, in which industry leaders like Adobe are certifying different desktop HDV and HD solutions that are open, scalable and give the industry tightly integrated HD post-production platforms, said Nick Rashby, Director of Sales and Marketing, AJA.  ?By working with Adobe engineers on transparent support for our full-resolution, uncompressed XENA HS hardware, we can offer seamless creativity from capture to delivery.

XENA HS provides high-speed, uncompressed digital audio/video input/output for Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Users of Adobe After Effects 7.0 and Adobe Photoshop CS2 can link video preview output seamlessly from the applications using AJAs custom-coded plug-ins and software.  

XENA HS Pricing and Availability
XENA HS is available now through AJAs worldwide channel of dealers and system integrators for a suggested retail price of US $990.00.

For more information on the Adobe OpenHD Alliance, please visit

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion and Desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see

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