AJA Video Systems recently announced several new solutions and updates that streamline how professional image makers bring audiences dynamic, multi-format content.
The Ki Pro Go is a genlock-free, multi-channel H.264 HD and SD recorder/player with a flexible architecture designed for live production, sports, corporate events and other applications. The portable device allows users to record up to four channels of HD and SD content from SDI and HDMI sources to off-the-shelf USB media via four USB 3.0 ports, with a fifth port for redundant recording. Genlock-free inputs eliminate the need to externally synchronize sources, and redundant recording provides multiple backups in the field. Ki Pro Go features four 3G-SDI and four HDMI inputs to ensure compatibility with a wide range of video gear, with 3G-SDI and HDMI monitoring outputs that can display all recording channels on a single display. The Ki Pro Go will be available in June for $3,995.
AJA’s 14 new OpenGear converter cards combine the capabilities of the company’s Mini-Converters with OpenGear’s high-density architecture and support for DashBoard, enabling industry-standard configuration, monitoring and control in broadcast and live-event environments over a PC or local network on Windows, MacOS or Linux. The cards complete DashBoard compatibility across the entire OpenGear product lineup and replace earlier non-DashBoard models. New models include re-clocking SDI distribution amplifiers (OG-3GDA-1x9, OG-3GDA-2x4), Single-Mode 3G-SDI fiber converters (OG-Fido-R, OG-Fido-2R, OG-Fido-T, OG-Fido-2T, OG-Fido-TR, OG-Fido-2T-X) plus Multi-Mode variants, and an SDI audio embedder/ disembedder (OG-3G-AMD). The new converter cards are available now, with pricing dependent upon the model.
AJA’s new IPT-10G2-HDMI and IPT-10G2-SDI Mini-Converters are single-channel IP video transmitters for bridging traditional HDMI and 3G-SDI signals to SMPTE ST 2110 for IP-based workflows. Compact, quiet and rugged, both models feature dual 10 GigE SFP+ ports for facilities using SMPTE ST 2022-7 for redundancy in critical distribution and monitoring. The transmitters will be available soon for $1,295 each.
AJA’s family of Corvid audio and video I/O cards continues to expand with the introduction of Corvid 44 12G, an eight-lane PCIe 3.0 video and audio I/O card featuring support for 12G-SDI I/O in a low-profile design for workstations and servers and 8K/UltraHD2/4K/UltraHD high-frame-rate, deep-color and HDR workflows. Corvid 44 12G also facilitates multi-channel 12G-SDI I/O, enabling either 8K or multiple 4K streams of input or output. It leverages AJA’s SDK to provide the power and flexibility across MacOS, Windows and Linux. The Corvid 44 12G will be available soon.
AJA has also announced the free firmware update FS-HDR v3.0, which introduces enhanced coloring tools and support for multi-channel Dynamic LUTs, among other improvements. The release includes an integrated Colorfront Engine Film Mode with a rich grading and look-creation toolset with optional ACES colorspace, ASC Color Decision List controls and built-in Look selection. Additional highlights include: Variable Output Mastering Nit Levels for PQ from 48-4000 Nits, HLG Extended support and P3 color space clamp; an upgraded Colorfront Engine Transform Mode (renamed Colorfront Engine Live Mode) with enhancements such as variable Output Mastering Nit Levels for PQ, HLG Extended and P3 color space clamp; new BBC HLG v1.3 LUTs, and integration support for Pomfort LiveGrade Pro and TVLogic WonderLookPro for continuous real-time LUT updates. FS-HDR v3.0 will be available in June.
Next month AJA will release Desktop Software v15.2, a free update packed with new features and performance enhancements for AJA Kona and Io products. It includes support for Apple ProRes capture/playback across Windows, Linux and MacOS in AJA Control Room and also adds new IP SMPTE ST 2110 workflows using AJA Io IP, as well as updates for Kona IP, including ST 2110-40 ANC support.
Developed with Colorfront, AJA’s free HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 firmware helps HDR-production professionals deliver more engaging content with deeper color and greater luminosity. It includes a new Web UI that simplifies remote configuration and control from multiple machines, with updates over Ethernet offering the ability to download logs and screenshots. New Remote Desktop support provides facility-friendly control from desktops, laptops and tablets on any operating system. The update also adds new HDR monitoring and analysis tools, plus other enhancements. The update will be available soon.
Finally, AJA’s Helo v4.0 firmware introduces features that allow users to customize their streaming service and improve monitoring and control. AV Mute makes it easy to personalize the viewing experience with custom service branding when muting audio and video streams, and Event Logging enables encoder-activity monitoring for simpler troubleshooting. The Helo Web UI will also be accessible in Korean and Japanese. Helo v4.0 will be available next month as a free update.