Phase one of our AJA roundup includes four of their major new releases at IBC 2012: the KiStor Dock, the Kumo 3232 and firmware updates for the Ki Pro family and FS2 box.
As well as playing host to the recently released T-Tap and various incarnations of the Ki Pro, booth 7.F11 is the first place you can see AJA’s KiStor Dock. The logical extension of the KiStor Drives – 250, 500 and 750GB USB3.0 drives available from AJA – the Dock has Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports, letting you get files from your drive to your machine in the fastest possible time. Precise specs and pricing are still to be confirmed, but as with all things Thunderbolt, we’ve got our eye on this one…
Pushing the boundaries of what could be considered a “compact” SDI router, AJA’s new Kumo 3232 features 32 SDi inputs and 32 SDI outputs (we assume that’s how they came up with the snappy name). AJA say it meets broadcast specs over SDI, HD-SDI and 3G SDI, and offers very low loss return.
The Kumo 3232 uses Grass valley’s Native protocol for control over LAN, and boasts its own internal web server, redundant power supply and internal Linux OS, which allows it to work with any OS and any browser you throw at it. More details are expected later in the show, but the unit won’t ship til the tail end of 2012 and is set to cost $3495.
Ki Pro firmware 4.1
The latest iteration of Ki Pro’s firmware adds support for timelapse recording and additional start/stop SDI metadata support for some of our favourite cameras, including the Arri Alexa, Panasonic AF100 series and Sony PMW-F3.
New FS2 firmware
The latest iteration of the FS2 firmware adds support for DVI-D single protocol inputs via HDMI, improved computer and video to video raster support and space for up to 20 user selectable presets. However, according to the guys on our team who saw the demo, the standout feature is the new region of interest scaled output, which maintains extremely high image quality even when scaled.
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