AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo

AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo

AJA Video Systems today released new v1.3 firmware for the AJA CION, AJA’s 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that shoots edit-ready Apple ProRes files at up to 4K 60fps.

CION v1.3 firmware, available today as a free software download, was created based on customer feedback, and adds features that improve the CION imagery pipeline. AJA has also announced that CION purchases made after April 18, 2016 will qualify for a complimentary Pak1000 drive (US MSRP $1,495.00) provided directly from AJA.

CION v1.3 firmware new features:

– Improved highlight handling and black detail in every gamma mode.

– New gamma naming conventions make the modes more closely aligned to industry standards.

– New renamed gamma settings are now available in the CION menu and include new options for Standard, Expanded, Video and Cine modes.

“Our new firmware update and promo were created in direct response to community feedback. CION v1.3 offers a more gentle roll off of highlights, and a greater level of detail in the blacks, while the new promo makes the camera even more accessible to shooters looking to capture stunning footage,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve seen great adoption of CION from the commercial and industrial production community and we look forward to getting this update into our customers’ hands.”

Pricing and availability

CION v1.3 firmware is available today as a free download from AJA’s site. CION is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. To redeem a complimentary Pak1000 drive with a CION purchase made through an authorized AJA Reseller, submit a claim directly here. For more information about CION, visit the AJA site.

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NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

AJA Video Systems today unveiled FS4, the most advanced all digital frame sync and universal up/down/cross converter ever from AJA, supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows in a 1RU frame.

FS4 offers unparalleled flexibility and offers two modes. Single-channel mode provides a full suite of video processing options for 4K/UltraHD with the ability to up, down, cross-convert to and from a 2K/HD/SD input or output. Four-channel mode enables four channels of 2K/HD/SD simultaneous processing, offering multi-channel density at a very reasonable cost per channel.

FS4 will be available for a US MSRP of $4995.00; significant price reductions of between $500-$1000 have also been announced for AJA’s FS family including: FS1, FS1-X, FS1-X-FRC and FS2.

“FS4 is the first frame synchronizer to market with this range of 4K/UltraHD conversion options that can also be easily switched to multi-channel mode with up to 4 channels of simultaneous processing for 2K/HD and SD workflows,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “It is endlessly extensible, and packs an incredible range of functionality and features into a very small 1RU footprint perfect for mobile production trucks and small facilities—really any production or post scenario where multiple formats are being used.”

Key FS4 features include:

– Support for two modes: Four independent channels of 2K/HD/SD or Single-channel 4K/UltraHD frame–sync and conversion.

– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video processing and up, down, cross-conversion.

– Full range of I/O options for 4K/UltraHD include Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional Fiber choices.

– SMPTE 2SI I/O support for 4K/UltraHD workflow options.

– Unprecedented four-channel 2K/HD/SD video processing and conversion.

– 1RU frame offering space, power and cost efficiencies ideal for broadcast trucks, post production or broadcast settings.

– Audio I/O processing with an incredible 272×272 matrix of audio possibilities; FS4 offers support for a flexible range of audio feeds from discrete AES to MADI and embedded SDI audio.

– Simple operation, a redesigned menu structure and quick access to features via front panel buttons or web UI.

Pricing and availability

FS4 will be available by summer through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. Additionally, there are new lower prices for other models in the FS family of frame synchronizers including: FS1 US MSRP $2995.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X US MSRP $3495.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X-FRC US MSRP $4995.00 ($500.00 price drop) and FS2 US MSRP $3995.00 ($1000.00 price drop). Pricing for the recently delivered FS3 remains unchanged at US MSRP $2995.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/family/fs.

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NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update and Pak-Adapt-eSATA

NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update and Pak-Adapt-eSATA

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware adding 16-channel embedded SDI audio, ExFAT file system, Closed Captioning (CC) and SMPTE 2SI I/O support.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware will be available next month as a free download. Ki Pro has long-supported the Mac-based HFS+ file system, and with new ExFAT support, AJA Pak Media will also be compatible with Windows and Linux systems. New 16-channel embedded audio on SDI will expand audio choices and compatibility. Embedded Closed Captioning will allow recording and playback of CC data, and two sample interleave (SMPTE 2SI) I/O support for 4K/Ultra HD will offer greater compatibility with third-party displays, switchers and more.

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware features include:

– ExFAT file system support enables use of Ki Pro Ultra media on PC or Linux systems without requiring third-party software.

– Expanded audio flexibility with 16-channel embedded SDI audio support.

– Closed Caption support in compliance with FCC and SMPTE standards.

– SMPTE 2SI I/O support, extending compatibility with 4K/UltraHD displays and devices.

AJA’s new Pak-Adapt-eSATA will have the same form factor as AJA’s Pak storage modules, with a standard eSATA cable connector offering a flexible media alternative for Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad. This new option will allow Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad users to utilize eSATA media and eSATA RAIDs.

“Announcing another free firmware update for Ki Pro Ultra so soon after its release is another step underscoring our commitment to deliver future-proof products that serve our customers’ needs today and into the future,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “In addition, we’ve introduced the Pak-Adapt-eSATA, which will give customers more storage options when working with our Ki Pro Ultra and Ki Pro Quad recorders.”

Pricing and availability

Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware will be available as a free software download next month via Ki Pro Ultra support. Ki Pro Ultra is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $3995.00. Pak-Adapt-eSATA will also be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for a US MSRP of $99.00. For more information about these products, visit the AJA site.

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NAB 2016: AJA announces U-TAP USB 3.0 capture devices

NAB 2016: AJA announces U-TAP USB 3.0 capture devices

AJA Video Systems today announced U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI offering high quality HD/SD capture through a bus powered USB 3.0 port.

The U-TAP products offer a simple, cost-effective and portable solution for plug-and-play capture that is compatible with OS X, Windows and Linux, and a broad range of software applications. From video conferencing to streaming, traditional post-production and more, U-TAP brings powerful functionality and simple operation without requiring any additional driver software.

“U-TAP fits in the palm of your hand, and is incredibly useful in the field, on-set or at a studio. USB 3.0 connectivity provides a quick and easy way to pull SDI or HDMI sources for capture, with the convenient plug-and-play ease of not needing to install drivers or plug-ins,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “Every person we’ve shown this to who works in production wants one to keep in their gear bag!”

U-TAP key features include:

– Capture Options: U-TAP HDMI can capture from HDMI sources including cameras, switchers or any non-HDCP input. U-TAP SDI supports capture of up to 1080p/60 professional 3G-SDI signals.

– Portability: U-TAP devices are small and easily transportable, built into durable aluminum cases.

– Universal Support: U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI run on drivers built into OS X, Windows and Linux with nearly universal support for a range of video and audio software.

– USB 3.0: Simple connectivity for both consumer and professional workflows; bus powered so no external power supply is needed.

Pricing and Availability

U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $345.00 each. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/products/u-tap-hdmi and
https://www.aja.com/en/products/u-tap-sdi.

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NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

At NAB 2016, AJA Video Systems expanded its line of portable Mini-Converters with the introduction of the Hi5-4K-Plus, a 4K/UltraHD 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter, and the HDP3, a 3G-SDI to DVI-D converter with 1080p 60 support.

Concurrently AJA has extended its range of reliable, cost-effective openGear-compatible video and audio rackframe cards with the new OG-2×4-DA-SDI, a 3G-SDI Distribution Amplifier and the OG-3G-AM, a 3G-SDI 8-channel AES Audio Embedder/Disembedder.

“Building on the core functionality of our Hi5-4K and HDP2 Mini-Converters, and our family of openGear-compatible cards, we’ve engineered these products with new features that address the growing demands of professionals in film, broadcast and AV, while also delivering the performance and reliability that our customers deserve at a cost-effective price point,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Hi5-4K-Plus facilitates pristine image fidelity and HFR support up to 60p for 4K/UltraHD SDI to HDMI 2.0 conversion. It provides a simple monitoring connection from professional 4K devices using Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI outputs to new displays with HDMI 2.0 inputs, for cost-effective monitoring in film and broadcast workflows. Key features include: full support for HDMI 2.0 increased data rate of 18GBps; 4K/UltraHD 4:2:2/4:4:4 support at 50/59.94/60p over Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI; quadrant and 2SI support; unprecedented color fidelity; additional output controls and status with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

HDP3 is a miniature 3G-SDI to DVI-D scan converter for converting and scaling HD source footage, including 1080p 60, for use on common DVI and HDMI display and projection devices in film, broadcast and AV. It offers motion adaptive de-interlacing, automatic output format and scaling adjustment, filtering, video to VESA frame rate conversion and 1 to 1 pixel mapping. Feature highlights include: support for 3G-SDI (1080p50/59.94/60 formats) and HD/SD-SDI inputs; frame rate input adjustment for monitor compatibility; a high quality scaling engine and de-interlacer to automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 inputs to DVI-D monitors; 2-channel audio monitoring; looping output of the SDI input; a DVI output connector that also supports HDMI; additional input status information with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is a compact, openGear-compatible re-clocking and distribution amplifier with dual 3G-SDI input support to 4 x 3G-SDI outputs each. It automatically detects and configures to the input video and can also be configured as a 1 x 8-channel distribution amplifier, allowing the same signals to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously. Other features include: dual 1×4 3G-SDI DA, enabling one 2RU OG-3-FR frame to hold 20 1×4 DAs; automatic cable equalizer and re-clocker bypass; automatic detection and re-clocking of 270Mb, 1.5Gb and 3Gb SDI data rates; advanced input jitter tolerance and low jitter re-clocked outputs; excellent input/output return loss; “Input Present” and “Input SMPTE Lock” LEDs for each channel; hot-swap capabilities; and compatibility with any openGear frame, in addition to the AJA OG3-FR.

OG-3G-AM is an openGear-compatible 8-channel SDI/AES audio embedder/ disembedder with support for 3G-SDI input and output up to 1080p-60. The flexible rack mount card is compatible with any openGear frame and automatically detects and configures to the input video standard. Other features include: 4x AES BNC inputs, 4x AES BNC outputs, a 3G-SDI input and 3G-SDI output; 3G/HD/SD-SDI audio disembedding, embedding or both in one card; selectable channel group mapping and channel pair to pass 3G-SDI input audio or embed input AES audio; remote control with Mini-Config via USB connection to a host PC or Mac; local and remote modes; 10 position dip switch for local configuration; audio sample rate conversion to eliminate clicks and pops; 3G Level B support for Sony products; low latency; and flexible configuration to pass or drop non-audio HANC packets.

Mini-Converter Pricing and Availability

Hi5-4K-Plus will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. HDP3 is now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/mini-converters.

openGear Card Pricing and Availability

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $550.00. OG-3G-AM is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $795.00.For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/rackframes.

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NAB 2016: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

NAB 2016: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

AJA Video Systems today announced KONA IP, its first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s industry-leading KONA line of PCIe capture cards and works with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software and SDK tools along with leading third-party content creation applications.

KONA IP is designed as a flexible platform that supports today’s SMPTE 2022-6 IP-encapsulated uncompressed 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video, audio and VANC data, and via future firmware updates and codec package offerings, will also support compressed codecs like J2K and advanced IP protocols including VSF TR-04, VSF TR-03 and more. KONA IP has already been adopted by many of the industry’s leading software and solutions companies.

KONA IP features:

– SMPTE 2022-6 support, offering uncompressed video and audio, with future support for other IP standards.
– HDMI output for local monitoring.
– Multi-channel input and/or output to read or send multiple IP-based encapsulated 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI video streams to and from software applications.
– Two 10GigE SFP cages for easy routing of video over IP and 10GigE networks.
– Support for major third-party NLE, compositing and streaming applications.
– Software compatibility with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software.
– Compatible with AJA’s widely adopted NTV2 SDK, for easy integration by AJA Developer Partners.
– 8-lane PCIe 2.0 video and audio desktop I/O card.

“Video pros using the latest Adobe tools have been able to count on AJA technology for years,” said Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations for professional video at Adobe. “With the KONA IP technology, AJA is pushing the industry forward today, and helping to build the platform for IP connected workflows in the future.”

“IP is a very exciting development for all of our customers, and offers an array of options for simplifying workflows,” said David Colantuoni, Sr. Director of Product Management at Avid. “AJA’s KONA capture cards have been a reliable solution for video and audio I/O for many years for Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, and we look forward to continued support of KONA IP as those customers migrate to IP-based workflows.”

“We look forward to supporting KONA IP as an output card with our EDIUS nonlinear real-time editing system,” said Mike Cronk, Senior VP of Strategic Marketing, Grass Valley. “IP-based workflows promise some very interesting developments for the editing world, and we’re pleased to support AJA in their move into this space.”

AJA has joined Sony’s IP Live Alliance, and Nextera Video will be demonstrating their FPGA IP core at the Sony stand during NAB, showcasing playout of an UltraHD 59.94p Networked Media Interface stream of Sony IP Live Production System over KONA IP. “Our customers are increasingly looking to IP as an efficient, cost-effective way to achieve consistent, pristine video streams throughout the entire live production chain,” said Ryosuke Hayashi, Deputy Senior General Manager, Sony. “As the migration from SDI to IP continues to gain momentum, we welcome AJA into our IP Live Alliance and will work with them to make KONA IP support Sony IP Live.”

Ventuz will be demonstrating their real-time graphics, authoring and playout control software at the AJA booth during NAB. “Real-time 3D content for broadcast demands the highest bandwidth infrastructure available, and for that reason, many of our customers working in HD are looking towards migrating to IP-based ways of working,” said Erik Beaumont, CEO, Ventuz Technology. “We’re pleased to support KONA IP capture cards for clients who want to go the IP route, and need reliable hardware to help get them there.”

“With KONA IP we’re delivering a seamless and cost-effective transition path to IP-based workflows for people working in professional video. Our customers have relied on our KONA family of capture cards to deliver reliable and flexible video and audio I/O and now have a familiar interface to take them into the IP world,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We are committed to supporting industry standards in the transition from SDI to IP-based workflows, and as such, we are a founding member of the AIMS Alliance. Also, as an Aspen Community member and member of Sony’s IP Live Alliance, we offer support for popular early adopter approaches to IP. We’re pleased to be announcing our next generation KONA for IP workflows.”

Pricing and Availability

KONA IP will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $2495.00.

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NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing IP interoperability through its continuing collaboration on Sony’s IP Live Production System and Evertz’ Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solution.

Networked Media Interface, a key technology of Sony’s IP Live Production System, packetizes, transmits and clean-switches, HD and Ultra HD (4K) video, audio, and metadata in real time over standard network infrastructures. With reference to SMPTE RDD34, Sony IP technologies use a low latency video codec (LLVC) to support the compression required for Ultra HD (4K) 60p transmission over 10Gbps network bandwidth.

Sony and Evertz will demonstrate the seamless integration of these technologies in each other’s booths at the show. Each demonstration will include Sony’s 4K IP Live Production System and the Evertz SDVN system.

Another advancement resulting from the collaboration is ASPEN-based interoperability. ASPEN allows for video, audio, and metadata to be individual IP multicast streams. Sony has been a member of the ASPEN Community since last September, at IBC 2015. At NAB 2016, Sony is showing working prototypes which output and receive ASPEN streams for interoperability with other ASPEN products at the ASPEN Community booth (located at #N1000MR). Sony plans to develop its cameras and production switchers for interoperability in the ASPEN workflow.

Sony and Evertz will continue the collaboration for interoperability among the IP based broadcast equipment of the two companies, based on the support of the Networked Media Interface as well as ASPEN. This collaboration will provide customers widespread and flexible IP-based solutions from production to broadcast infrastructures.

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NAB 2016: Symply Unveils First Product Series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

NAB 2016: Symply Unveils First Product Series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

Symply, Inc., the new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, today unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups.

SymplyStor desktop RAID delivers high-performance, easy-to-use storage with lightning fast throughput and low latency for demanding 4K and HD video production. Depending on performance needs, SymplyStor desktop RAID supports configurations in a choice of SSD or hard drives to provide capacities up to 64TB.

SymplyStor supports Thunderbolt 2 for throughput at 20Gb per second, and Thunderbolt 3 for throughput at 40Gb per second. When docked in a SymplyShare base, SymplyStor operates seamlessly with SymplyStor Expansion managed as a single RAID, up to a 120TB capacity and provides ‘plug-and-go’ collaboration for up to 8 users.

Powered by StorNext 5 and 100% Xsan compatible, SymplyStor management software provides a simple 5-step setup, and intuitive monitoring apps native on Mac OS X, Windows, on iOS for iPhone and iPad, and even watchOS.

“Symply products are really designed for creative professionals,” explained Alex Grossman, CEO of Symply, Inc. “SymplyStor and SymplyPro show what’s possible when you view storage in such a way that the perspective of the creative is always kept front and center; and the best technology with highest performance, highest throughput and easiest management tools are all brought together to let creatives stay focused on production. Production is hard enough – storage really shouldn’t be.”

In addition, Symply provided a technology preview of SymplyPro, powered by StorNext 5, for workgroups and facilities. The SymplyPro design provides true facility-level collaboration for large workgroups, optimized for 4K and 8K, with scale to 1PB of shared storage, an innovative first-of-its-kind front panel communications system, on a foundation of proven Promise RAID technology. The technology preview also shows how SymplyPro is designed to support up to 20 high-speed Fibre Channel clients in any combination of Apple Xsan, Windows or Linux clients, and additional IP-connected clients. Designed by Symply, Inc., production of SymplyStor and SymplyPro x in partnership with Promise Technology.

Pricing and Availability

SymplyStor desktop RAID is demonstrated today, live at NAB Show 2016 in Booth #SL9321, and will be available for immediate pre-order. SymplyStor is expected to ship July 2016.

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NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit.

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With up to 96TB of capacity, the breakthrough performance of Thunderbolt 3 and RAID 5/6, the LaCie 12big helps video professionals meet the data demands of 4/5/6K cameras. At up to 96TB, the LaCie 12big boasts a 50 percent higher capacity than any other desktop direct attached storage solution on the market—with a footprint smaller than a tablet. It features Seagate’s enterprise-class drives with a five-year limited warranty for extraordinary reliability and data availability to safely store and edit massive amounts of ultra hi-res footage.

Thunderbolt 3 performance
For the 12big, LaCie harnessed the breakthrough performance potential of Thunderbolt 3 technology and squeezed the absolute best speeds out of the hard drives. LaCie added a hardware RAID controller and 7200RPM drives, and the result is record-breaking speeds of up to 2600MB/s—and 2400MB/s in RAID 5.

“We are thrilled to see LaCie push the boundaries of speed, video bandwidth and compatibility with its latest Thunderbolt storage solution,” said Jason Ziller, Intel’s Director of Thunderbolt Marketing. “Products like the LaCie 12big help highlight what Thunderbolt 3 makes possible.”

That kind of speed can slash time off nearly every post-production workflow task. Users can ingest hours of RAW footage from a Blackmagic Cinema Camera into Adobe Premiere Pro in a fraction of the time. They can then edit multiple streams of ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 444 XQ, as well as uncompressed HD 10-bit and 12-bit video. For big projects packed with high-def clips, thumbnail and preview rendering becomes much more responsive.

“LaCie is committed to helping video professionals master ever-increasing data demands by ensuring their irreplaceable data is secure, available on demand and always driving value,” said Tim Bucher, Senior Vice President of Seagate and LaCie Branded Solutions, “The combination of higher spatial resolution and 3D imagery, as well as higher dynamic range and frame rates, is driving the need for high-capacity and high-speed digital storage systems. We purpose-built the LaCie 12big to have the speed, capacity and reliability to efficiently download and edit even the most demanding content—so our customers can focus on making their creative vision a reality.”

With double the video bandwidth of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 lets the user daisy chain dual 4K displays or a single 5K display to the LaCie 12big. With two 4K displays, a video pro can spread out his/her workspace by dedicating one display to the timeline and the other to previewing 4K footage. It is even possible to provide power to a compatible laptop through the Thunderbolt 3 cable.

Massive capacity

With up to 96TB of capacity, the LaCie 12big can store 100 hours of 4K ProRes 444 XQ footage in RAID 5. With that capacity, it’s possible to store footage from 48 LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt 2TB shuttle drives. Instead of buying a new storage device every time more capacity is needed, LaCie recommends pros invest up front in a future-proof, RAID-protected solution. This consolidated approach improves data access and security, which can save money in the long term.

Enterprise class

The LaCie 12big features 256MB cache, 7200RPM Seagate enterprise-class drives for superb accessibility, reliability and robust performance. Designed to operate 24×7 on 16-bay racks (instead of 8×5 operations for traditional hard drives), these HDDs are rated for 8760 hours of operation per year for extraordinary availability. The LaCie 12big also comes with a five-year limited warranty that covers drives, enclosure and spare parts.

New LaCie RAID manager

The redesigned LaCie RAID Manager offers an intuitive interface to administer the LaCie 12big. A new and more user-friendly interface assists the user in setting up and monitoring storage. Wizards help easily create and manage volumes optimised for individual needs. Plus it offers advanced features such as CPU settings, auto rebuild, and drive diagnostics.

Designed for professionals

From the front of the product, drive status LEDs keep track of drive health and RAID build status, and drives can be conveniently accessed. Ensuring long-term component health, the aluminum enclosure dissipates heat efficiently and four thermoregulated fans pull heat away from the drives. And even if a fan fails, the product is still fully functional. For universal compatibility, users can connect to USB-C laptops—and even USB 3.0 computers via the included USB-C to USB-A cable.

The LaCie 12big will be available this summer in 48TB, 72TB and 96TB capacities through the LaCie online store and LaCie resellers.

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NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

New software update adds HDR support to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G! Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update which adds support for HDR playback over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. Desktop Video 10.6.4 is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update adds playback support for HDR content over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. The new HDR features include HDR metadata transport and support for the Rec. 2020 color space over HDMI. This means that customers now get full support for monitoring on HDR capable displays using a single HDMI cable, making it ideal for editors and colorists working on HDR projects with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.

HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, is part of the new Ultra HD Premium standard so customers can now get big screen, low cost consumer televisions that support a massive range of color, peak brightness of up to 1,000 nits, which is 10 times brighter than most HDTVs, and incredible contrast ratio. This means that colorists and editors working in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 with UltraStudio 4K Extreme or DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G will now be able to monitor images that are more true to life and more closely resemble the color and dynamic range of the latest digital cinema technology.

“This is the most exciting time in the history of broadcast because Ultra HD is about more than just resolution, it’s also about deeper colors, higher brightness, plus better contrast and textures than ever before!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “From the start of production with our URSA Mini 4.6K with 15 stops of wide dynamic range, to the end of digital post production with DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G, UltraStudio 4K Extreme, and DaVinci Resolve 12.5, Blackmagic Design is the only company that offers a true end-to-end workflow for creating the next generation of incredible HDR content!”

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update features: 

– Adds support for Rec. 2020 color space output over HDMI.
– Adds support HDR metadata transport over HDMI.

Availability and price

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update is now available for free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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