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AJA Video Systems debuts Ki Pro at NAB

Virtually instant access to Apple

At NAB 2009, AJA Video Systems was showcasing its new Ki Pro video transcoding/recorder that records files to Apple's ProRes 422 Codec straight from virtually any video camera. Priced at $3995 and expected to ship in June 2009, KI Pro provides virtually instant access to Apple's 10-bit full raster ProRes codec straight from the camera. What Ki Pro essentially does is eliminates the need to re-render video footage to a format that Final Cut Pro understands. Once the footage passes through Ki Pro, that footage can be dropped directly onto FCP's timeline.

Features to Ki Pro include:

  • Record hours of ProRes media to a removable storage module with built-in FireWire 800,to 34mm Expresscard Flash
  • Record natively to Apple ProRes 422 for full raster 10-bit 4:2:2 HD and SD.
  • Bridge proprietary compression schemes by recording to Apple ProRes 422.
  • Connect any digital camera via SDI or HDMI, or any analog camera with multiple input options
  • Convert in real time from SD to HD, or 720 to/from 1080, in full 10-bit quality.
  • Extend client review capabilities with simultaneous recording to camera and to Ki Pro.
  • Extend productive life of existing cameras and embrace future workflows with powerful conversion capabilities.
  • Built-in WiFi and Ethernet for complete control via a web-browser, or iPhone.



The company also showcased several other products, including KONA LHi, an uncompressed video capture/playback card for SD, HD, and 3G SDI single link 4:2:2 that plugs into PCIe-based Mac Pro systems.

KONA LHi features include:

  • 3G HD/SD SDI input/output
  • HDMI v1.3a input/output w/Deep Color at 30/36 bits per pixel
  • 12-bit SD/HD analog component or SD composite/YC I/O
  • 10-bit Hardware-based realtime up/down/cross-conversions
  • DVCPRO HD hardware acceleration
  • HDV hardware acceleration
  • Dynamic RT hardware acceleration
  • 2-ch balanced XLR AES digital audio and 2-ch balanced XLR analog audio input/output
  • 8-ch SDI embedded audio input/output
  • HD/SD Genlock and RS-422 machine control
  • LTC Input (on Reference input)
  • Support for Final Cut Studio applications, Adobe applications and more
  • Breakout cables standard, affordable KLHi-Box breakout box optional
  • 3-year international warranty

The KONA LHi is currently shipping and is priced at $1495. An optional KLHi-Box breakout box is $349

Hi5-3G and HDP2 mini converters
Two mini converters, the Hi5-3G and HDP2 were also showcased at the Las vegas show. According to the company, the Hi5-3G converts 3G-SDI, dual or single-link HD-SDI, or SD-SDI to HDMI v1.3a to drive HDMI displays. The HDP2 is targeted at users of LCD, DLP, and Plasma monitors and projectors. It will automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 video inputs to DVI-D monitors, the company said. It is designed for general monitoring and is ideal for general post-production reference monitoring, client monitoring, presentation, projection, corporate displays, kiosk applications, the company said.
Both mini converters are priced at $690 and are expected to ship in May 2009.

Io Express
The company also showcased for the first time Io Express, a monitoring and mastering device that works with Apple ProRes 422 and 422 HQ, XDCAM HD, and DVCPRO HD.  Features include:

  • Interfaces with MacBook Pro and Windows laptops for input/output of file-based formats
  • HD/SD SDI input and output
  • HDMI 1.3a input and output, with Deep Color support at 30 and 36 bit per pixel
  • HD/SD Component video output
  • 2-Channel RCA audio output
  • LTC I/O (selectable LTC Input/Reference Video Input)
  • RS422 machine control
  • KONA or XENA drivers
  • Compatible with Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS4
  • Small, highly portable case design, one rackunit tall, half rackunit wide
  • 4-pin XLR power for AC or battery operation
  • 3-meter PCIe tether cable
  • PCIe Mac Pro / workstation interface option available
  • AJA 3-year international warranty

The Io Express is expected to ship in later this year and is expected to be priced at $995.

For more information, visit www.aja.com.

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