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AJA Ships Kona-HDHigh-def capture and editing board supports Mac OS X
Kona-HD supports most HDTV formats, including 1080i50/59.94/60 and 1080psf23.98/24. AT 10-bit color depth, the board requires a 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI slot, such as those found on Apple's Xserve. But it also supports 8-bit HD formats on standard 33 MHz PCI configurations, such as those found in Mac desktop systems.
Kona-HD also includes six channels of AES I/O at 20- or 24-bit and 48 kHz or 96 kHz. The inputs include hardware sample-rate converters for the connection of non-sync or off-speed digital audio. It also features Genlock for synchronization to an external reference.
The Kona-HD board is built around BlackMagic Design's drivers, as is AJA's previously released Kona-SD standard-def board. It requires a Macintosh running Mac OS X 10.2.1 or later and QuickTime 6 or later. It also requires a disk system capable of 200 MB per second sustained transfer. Pricing varies by distributor. For more information, visit http://www.aja.com.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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