NAB Show: AJA product announcements
Press release from AJA
AJA Announces Ki Pro Quad at NAB 2012
AJA Video Systems announced Ki Pro Quad, a new solid-state portable video recorder at NAB Show 2012. Ki Pro Quad is capable of capturing high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080), for the fastest path from camera-to-editorial with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.
"I believe a Ki Pro Quad, a Canon EOS C500 and a Thunderbolt™-enabled Mac will revolutionize the industry, delivering a powerful, portable and cost-effective gear solution for premium Hollywood filmmakers," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Ki Pro Quad helps facilitate a powerful workflow for 4K, accepting RAW camera output via SDI simultaneously outputting that data via Thunderbolt™. The recorder also performs debayer processing of the RAW data that can be used to produce on-board Apple ProRes recordings to SSD media. HD, 2K and 4K ProRes files recorded to removable SSD media may easily be used in a variety of popular non-linear editors. The debayered image produced by the Ki Pro Quad can also be used for 4K monitoring in real time. A scaled or cropped output is also simultaneously available for 2K or HD monitoring via dedicated SDI and HDMI connections.
"We have been working very closely with Canon Inc. headquarters in Japan to optimize performance between Canon's upcoming Cinema EOS C500 digital cinema camera and our Ki Pro Quad," said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. "Ki Pro Quad offers some amazing new ways of working; by creating post-friendly files to removable SSDs, moving the original camera RAW files to a Mac, and allowing 4K monitoring all at the same time. Regardless of what your production needs may be today, Ki Pro Quad will have you covered for future workflow needs as well."
Ki Pro Quad Overview:
–4K/Quad HD/2K/HD Solid State Video Recorder
–Supports 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2
–Debayer and ProRes encode to on-board SSD
–Realtime pass-through of RAW data via Thunderbolt
–Uncompressed and debayered 4K monitoring output
–Dedicated HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
–Record to edit-friendly 4K, 2K, or HD ProRes files on removable SSD media
–Offload ProRes files to your non-linear edit system via AJA Thunderbolt SSD reader
Ki Pro Quad Workflow:
–Camera outputs 4K RAW over SDI
–Ki Pro Quad accepts 4K RAW over SDI
–Ki Pro Quad performs debayer processing of RAW
–Debayered image is used for on-board compressed recordings to SSD media
–Debayered image is used for 4K monitoring output
–Debayered image is used for scaled/cropped HD monitoring via SDI and HDMI
–RAW signal is passed from camera to Ki Pro Quad and out via Thunderbolt to computer/storage
–Further manipulation of RAW is made possible via Canon software tools
–HD, 2K, and 4K compressed recordings made to SSD media may be used directly in popular non-linear editor
Ki Pro Quad will be available later in 2012 through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $3,995 US. For a complete set of features and technical specifications, please visit http://www.aja.com
AJA Announces Ki Pro Rack, Ready-to-Edit Recording in 1RU Form Factor
AJA Video Systems announced another new product in its Ki Pro family, Ki Pro Rack, enabling recording of high-quality, edit-ready files for the fastest path from camera to edit in a new 1RU rack mount form factor.
"We've seen a lot of our customers use their Ki Pro units as a portable, cost-effective VTR alternative. Those customers in particular have been asking for Ki Pro functionality in a slim rack mountable unit," explained Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. "Ki Pro Rack is a great recording and playback solution for facilities migrating from tape to file-based workflows. Ki Pro rack is designed for machine rooms or mobile production trucks where rack space is at a premium and for any project looking for the function of a tape deck but with the instant access of a file-based system."
Ki Pro Rack uses the same SSD or spinning disk storage modules as the Ki Pro with recording capacities scaling up to 500GB. Ki Pro Rack simplifies the acquisition-to-edit workflow by creating high-quality Apple ProRes 422 or Avid DNxHD files which can be used directly in most standard professional editing systems without the need to import or transcode files.
Ki Pro Rack Key Features:
–Ability to switch between Apple ProRes 422 and Avid DNxHD
–Built-in broadcast-quality Up/Down/Cross conversions
–HD/SD SDI, HDMI, and HD/SD analog video I/O
–Multi-channel AES, analog balanced XLR, and embedded audio I/O
–Familiar buttons and operation minimize learning curve
–Dual media drive bays
–Delivers the functionality of much larger devices without taking up valuable rack space
–Sturdy and dependable with removable storage modules engineered for repeat use
–Remote configuration and control via Ethernet LAN connection
–Ethernet file transfer
–Stand-alone operation and configuration, no need for external computer
–RS-422 machine control, genlock, and LTC connections
Ki Pro Rack is available now for an MSRP of $3995.00 (US) through AJA's worldwide network of resellers. For more information and list of global resellers, please visit http://www.aja.com
AJA Announces T-TAP™, Thunderbolt™ Power in the Palm of Your Hand
T-TAP Utilizes Thunderbolt™ for High-Quality 10-bit SD, HD and 2K Output in a Tiny Form Factor
AJA Video Systems announced T-TAP™, a very small new bus-powered device that takes advantage of Thunderbolt™ connectivity for high-quality 10-bit SD, HD and 2K output through SDI and HDMI connections. This new adapter enables a simple, unobtrusive means of getting professional video and audio out of any Thunderbolt™-enabled Mac system.
T-TAP provides video professionals an easy setup solution via its simple, single Thunderbolt cable connectivity for both power and data. Offering the ultimate in portability, T-TAP is lightweight and smaller than a standard mobile phone. T-TAP supports everything from SD to HD to 2K and 3D with pristine 10-bit quality, even over HDMI, and all with 8-channel embedded audio. T-TAP includes AJA's renowned Mac drivers and software for integrated compatibility with major software packages from Apple, Adobe, Avid and many more.
"T-TAP delivers uncompromised video and audio quality and tackles a range of media output needs at a very low cost," said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. "Packing a lot of power into a remarkably small form factor is what T-TAP is all about."
T-TAP Key Features:
–High-speed Thunderbolt™ connectivity
–10-bit uncompressed 4:2:2 video and audio output
–HD/SD SDI and HDMI connectivity supports simultaneous output at incredible 10-bit quality
–3D support on HDMI for real-time stereoscopic review without requiring additional hardware
–Full 8-channel embedded audio allows for multi-channel playback
–Bus-powered via Thunderbolt™ connector so no additional power supply required
–AJA Mac driver and proven software compatibility
–Backed by AJA's quality, reliability and 3-year international warranty
T-TAP will be available soon through AJA's network of worldwide resellers for a cost of $249.00 US. For a complete set of features and technical specifications, please visit http://www.aja.com