AJA Jump Starts NAB

Posted By Mark L. Pederson on April 19, 2009 12:00 am | Permalink
AJA kicked NAB off today with new product announcements which include io Express - Io Express - works on a Mac and ... on a PC!

Hi5-3G - 1080p50/60p over Dual-link 1.5G SDI or over 3G SDI, HDMI v1.3a capability at 30 bits per pixel allows full support of the latest 10 bit monitors. USB connectivity allows for PC/MAC setup in the feild, and ...Psf frame rate is supported.

HDP2 - The HDP2 is a miniature HD-SDI/SDI to DVI-D converter for digital display devices, such as LCD, DLP, and Plasma monitors or projectors. Using a very high quality scaling engine and de-interlacer, the HDP2 will automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 inputs to many DVI-D monitors.

Kona LHi -new PCIe Kona card -3G SDI I/O, HDMI 1.3a I/O, 1080p50/60 over 3G SDI, LTC timecode support, Hardware based Up and Cross-conversion, in addition to the LHe's down-conversion. Better overall bandwidth for improved RAM Preview in Graphics/Compositing Apps.

What does this mean for the pricing of the current KONA LHe? The MSRP on the LHe drops almost $500 to $1,295 effective at NAB, while supplies last.

But the REALLY BIG NEWS is the Ki PRO.

At just under $4,000 this is a tapeless video recording device that records high quality Apple ProRes 422 Quicktime files direct to disc. SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and analog inputs. An optional "exo-skeleton" puts the unit in a chassis that can both on a tripod with the camera.

Many cameras have outputs that bypass on-camera compression - so, for example - if you take the 10-bit HD-SDI feed from a Varicam into the device - you would record higher quality files that the actual camera is capable of.

Another obvious benefit is that some shows use a variety of different cameras and recording formats. Using Ki Pro's would allow all media shot to be in 1920x1080 Prores - ready to edit.

I'm most excited about using this as a dailies solution, and an an on-set playback system.

AJA's new website goes live tomorrow.